Bingham Farms Estate Planning, Probate, Trust and Probate Litigation Attorneys

This is a time of increased specialization in the legal world. Most attorneys and even many law firms are starting to focus on specific areas of the law. The Bingham Legal Group PC focuses on offering estate planning services to clients throughout Metro Detroit. We also have extensive experience providing real estate, business succession planning, probate and trust services to protect our clients' best interests.

Experience to Meet Your Estate Planning Needs

We strive to be the "family law firm," the go-to firm for all of our clients' legal needs. We offer sophisticated experience and skills along with value and efficiency. With more than 20 years of experience, our Metro Detroit estate planning, probate, trust, business and real estate attorneys focus on providing our clients with the personalized attention that their cases deserve. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide.

Estate Planning

As the family lawyers for our clients, we provide our clients with thorough, effective estate planning services that include:

  • Wills and trusts: These are the foundational documents for the estate plan that pass on assets and direct the manner in which they are distributed.
  • Powers of attorney/Designation of Patient Advocate: We advise clients regarding powers of attorney (POAs) and Designation of Patient Advocate (medical powers of attorney). A POA establishes an agent, a person you choose, to handle financial decisions. The Designation of Patient Advocate establishes an agent (called a "Patient Advocate") to handle medical decisions when the client cannot do so. These are important documents, and we tailor them to include your specific information, such as specific instructions about how your medical care should be handled.
  • Planning for nontraditional couples and individuals: It is just as important for single individuals, unmarried couples, those in second marriages, single parents, same-sex couples, grandparents raising grandchildren and other nontraditional family members to create an estate plan as it is for the more traditional married couples with children.

Probate and Trust Representation

We represent clients in probate and trust matters that include:

  • Probate and trust administration: We advise trustees and personal representatives (formerly called "executors") regarding all aspects of post-death administration, including their responsibilities, filing deadlines, taxes, distributions to beneficiaries, dealing with real estate and creditors.
  • Estate administration: We provide estate guidance and education to individuals and families dealing with the loss of a loved one.
  • Probate and trust litigation: We represent fiduciaries (trustees and personal representatives), beneficiaries when any aspect of estate or trust administration is in dispute.
  • Will and trust contests: We handle litigation for clients who are defending the validity of a will, or who are challenging the terms of a will or trust.
  • Guardianship and conservatorship: When a person becomes incapacitated (no longer able to make important life decisions) without a power of attorney or Designation of Patient Advocate, the court will appoint a guardian and conservator to handle the ward's financial and personal matters. We help clients petition the court to appoint a guardian or conservator. We represent guardians and conservators in the administration of their roles and proposed wards in opposing the appointment of a guardian or conservator.

Elder Law

We represent clients in a wide range of elder law issues that include estate planning and personal planning, elder exploitation, elder abuse, guardianship and conservatorship matters, elder care and counseling. We are experienced at addressing changing capacity issues, managing assets and coordinating with health care providers, caregivers and financial advisers.

Business and Commercial Attorneys

Our attorneys bring a breadth of experience in business transactional and litigation matters.

  • Business formation and administration: We handle business formation from limited liability companies to traditional corporations. We can help you establish a foundation to help you avoid disputes in the future, including purchase or sale of the business, changes in management (adding new leaders and addressing the situation when leadership changes).
  • Business succession planning: We represent business owners in transferring the business to the next generation and assuring leadership for the future.

Mediation and Arbitration

Very few disputes are tried in court. Most disputes are resolved by the parties. With our familiarity with the mediation and arbitration processes, we provide clients with the information they need to understand the benefits and drawbacks of handling cases through these methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). In addition, attorney Lauren M. Underwood is a trained mediator who can act as a neutral for many different types of cases.

Contact Oakland County Estate Dispute Lawyers

For an appointment and consultation, please contact our experienced attorneys at 888-794-3433. The Bingham Legal Group PC is a full-service law firm providing counsel and service to individuals and businesses in Bingham Farms, the greater metropolitan Detroit area and throughout Michigan.

Our law firm proudly participates in the AARP Legal Services Program, enabling current members of AARP to receive a discount on customary rates.