Perhaps you have heard about probate, in particular, that it can be a complicated, time-consuming, and stressful process. In many instances, it is all that and more.
At a time of tremendous loss, dealing with issues such as these is the last thing most families want to think about. Coping with the grief that accompanies losing a loved one is difficult enough. At the Michigan Law Center, we are dedicated to relieving families of this burden, and making the probate administration process as stress-free and efficient as possible for everyone concerned.
We are very pleased with the service they provide and highly recommend them to anyone in need.Kathy R.
- Locate and file the Last Will and Testament with the local court
- File required probate documents with the court
- Locate, inventory, custody, close, and transfer personal assets/accounts
- Appraise and value all assets
- Pay debts and expenses associated with the last illness and funeral
- Ascertain, and notify, all known creditors of the estate
- Make payments to creditors, discharge obligations and obtain creditor releases
- Process and receive life insurance death benefits
- Secure personal residence and tangible personal property
- File appropriate tax returns (federal and state) and make appropriate tax elections
- Pay estate taxes and final personal income taxes
- Make decisions regarding the funding of marital and family trusts
- Provide professional investment management during the entire estate administration
- Obtain tax releases and closing letters from local courts, the IRS, and state taxing authorities
- Make specific bequests, as well as partial and final distributions, to beneficiaries (including packing and shipping of tangible personal property)
- Provide complete detailed accounting to the local court and estate beneficiaries
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, and are faced with the prospect of settling the estate through the Michigan probate court, we invite you to contact us today to learn how we can help. In addition to dealing with all of the duties above, we can also:
- Help you determine whether probate is necessary or if you can use an alternative procedure
- Prepare a Small Estate Affidavit that will make probate unnecessary if the entire estate (including real estate) is worth less than $100,000
- Make all of the necessary court appearances on your behalf if probate is indeed necessary
- Often save tax dollars for those who receive money and property from the estate
- Help resolve disputes between the parties involved in an equitable manner
Michele is honored to have received the 2018 State Bar of Michigan Unsung Hero Award, given annually to an attorney demonstrating dedication in their practice for the betterment of others. She has also been nominated to the Super Lawyers list for the last several years. Other awards she has received include: American Institute of Legal Counsel 10 Best Elder Law Attorneys 2016-2019, and Distinguished Lawyers 2016-2019 by The Expert Network, given to the top 3% of attorneys in the nation. She was also named the Women-in-Law Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Attorney of the Year by Lawyer’s Monthly Magazine in 2016. Parenting Magazine also named Michele the Top Special Needs Child Advocate in 2013.
Macomb Twp., MI 48044