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If you are currently in a situation where you’ll be dealing with the Michigan state court system in relation to a probate or estate related matter, or if you think that you will be in this kind of situation in the near future, it is important that you hire an attorney that knows the ins and outs of Michigan probate law.

“Probate” is the infamous court process that transfers property upon one’s death. In Michigan it is governed by the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC). These laws mandate that only certain property has to be probated. In the event that your loved one passed away without a trust or other legal means to transfer the property without probate, you will need professional guidance.

Probate Law in Michigan

If you’re dealing with probate issues in Michigan, there are some factors of prime importance that you’ll benefit from knowing. The first of these factors has to do with how the procedure works. Without knowing this, your likely to have a long and difficult road, before you are able to get your case pushed through.

You’ll also want to make sure that you are up-to-date on formal testacy, and especially on how hearings are prompted by petitions. This is important for just about anyone involved in the Michigan state probate system, given that this hearing will contribute a great deal to the outcome of the estate being probated.

When Westley 3 Law Office probates an estate, we take some or all of the following essential steps, depending on the nature of the estate:

* File the most recent Will with the probate court

* Petition the probate court for appointment of a Personal Representative

* Identify and inventory the decedent’s property

* Have the property appraised

* Collect money owed to the estate

* Pay debts and taxes

* File appropriate tax returns

* Identify the beneficiaries

* Locate the beneficiaries

* Distribute the remaining property as outlined in the will and other documents or through intestacy (where there is no will involved)

 

We can help you through the probate process and to finish it with as little expense and delay as possible. Many times we can finish a probate estate without the family ever having to appear in court.

 

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