Probate Lawyer Serving Southfield

Probate Lawyer Serving Southfield

After a person passes away, their property must go to other persons or entities identified in their will or according to state law through a process known as probate. Probating an estate can involve a complex, time-consuming process. Hiring an experienced probate attorney from Bingham Legal Group PC can give you the necessary resources and support to manage the process to a smooth conclusion.

Our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience helping families wind up loved ones’ affairs in probate. We can help you resolve issues or disputes that may arise during the estate administration process, including will contests, creditor claims, and disputes over the interpretation of will provisions.

When you must administer a loved one’s estate, get knowledgeable legal representation to guide you. Contact Bingham Legal Group PC today for an initial case review with an experienced estate administration attorney to learn how our firm can help you with the challenges and complexities that can arise during probate.

Why Choose Bingham Legal Group PC for Your Probate Needs?

After the death of a loved one, probating their estate can become a stressful, time-consuming process. At Bingham Legal Group PC, our probate attorneys work hard to handle all the details of estate administration to take the stress off your shoulders and give you and your family the space to grieve and heal. Turn to our firm for legal guidance during the probate process because of our:

  • Personalized Service – We know that personalized attention represents the key to top-quality legal representation. When you choose us to help with probate, you will work with an experienced probate lawyer throughout the process. Our legal team takes the time to develop solutions and strategies tailored to your goals, needs, and concerns.
  • Flexibility – As a smaller law firm, we have the flexibility to respond to your needs and concerns as they arise, taking a team approach to developing tailored solutions.
  • Efficiency – We can provide practical legal advice and advocacy without the added layers of costs of larger law firms.

Probate Matters Our Firm Handles

The team at Bingham Legal Group PC can help you through all types of issues or disputes that can arise during the probate process, including:

  • Admitting wills to probate
  • Appointment of administrators/executors
  • Will contests
  • Allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Estate accountings
  • Locating and gathering estate assets
  • Valuations and appraisals of estate assets
  • Paying outstanding estate liabilities
  • Identifying and locating heirs or beneficiaries
  • Distributing remaining assets per the terms of the will or state intestacy law

The Probate Process in Southfield, Michigan

The probate process in Michigan begins when an interested party, such as a person nominated by a decedent’s will to serve as executor or a family member of the decedent, files a petition for probate with the court. When a decedent leaves a will, the petitioner will also submit the will to the court. The court will review the petition and the will, approve the will, and appoint an executor or administrator to oversee the estate.

The administrator or executor must then notify all potential heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors of the decedent’s estate and inventory the estate’s assets. Inventorying may also include obtaining appraisals of the value of assets like real estate or businesses owned by the decedent.

After appraising the estate, the executor or administrator must begin paying its debts, expenses, and taxes. Once the estate’s creditors have received payment, the executor must distribute the remaining assets to heirs identified in the decedent’s will or, if the decedent did not leave a will, to surviving family members identified by Michigan intestacy law. The executor can then file a final accounting with the court, which will approve the accounting and close the estate.

Frequently Asked Questions About Probate

It’s common for estate administrators and family members to have questions about the probate process. Some of the questions we’re happy to go over with our clients include:

What is probate?

Probate is the legal process of distributing a person’s assets after death. Probate involves the administration of a deceased person’s will (if they left one) or the administration of the person’s estate under Michigan intestacy law. An administrator or executor manages the probate process, overseen by the court. The administrator or executor will gather a decedent’s assets, pay the decedent’s remaining liabilities and estate administration expenses, and distribute the remaining assets per the decedent’s will or according to the intestacy law.

How long does probate take?

Probate can take several months to over a year, depending on various factors such as:

  • The size of a decedent’s estate
  • The complexity of assets in the estate
  • Whether it takes time for the executor to locate assets
  • Whether any parties contest the validity of the will
  • Whether the decedent left behind significant debt
  • Whether any creditors or beneficiaries seek to remove the executor or compel an accounting

What happens in probate if a person doesn’t have a will?

When a person dies without a will, the court can appoint an administrator to oversee the decedent’s estate and distribute assets to heirs according to Michigan’s intestacy law. The intestacy law determines which of a decedent’s relatives stands to inherit from the estate. The law also applies to assets not described or distributed in a person’s will.

How much does probate cost?

The expense of the probate process can depend on the size and complexity of a person’s estate. Smaller estates can take advantage of a cheaper, more streamlined probate process. However, larger estates will incur probate expenses such as court filing fees, professional fees to hire lawyers, accountants, and appraisers, and, in complex or time-consuming cases, fees to compensate the executor for their time.

Contact a Michigan Probate Attorney Today

After a loved one passes away, get the legal help you need to manage the probate process in Southfield by contacting Bingham Legal Group PC. Experienced legal counsel can make probate a less stressful and smoother endeavor. Contact us today for a confidential consultation to learn how a knowledgeable probate attorney can help you with the challenges and obstacles that may arise during estate administration.

Directions to Our Law Office in Bingham Farms

Our firm has a conveniently located office at 30100 Telegraph Road, Suite 360, in Bingham Farms, Michigan. To get to our office:

From the North:
  1. Start by heading south on I-75 S.
  2. Take exit 69 for Big Beaver Rd/16 Mile Rd.
  3. Turn right onto Big Beaver Rd/16 Mile Rd.
  4. Continue on Big Beaver Rd until you reach Telegraph Rd.
  5. Turn left onto Telegraph Rd.
  6. Continue south on Telegraph Rd for approximately 2 miles.
  7. Turn right into the office complex at 30100 Telegraph Rd.
  8. Proceed to Suite 360.
From the South:
  1. Start by heading north on M-10 N (Lodge Freeway).
  2. Take exit 18A to merge onto US-24 N/Telegraph Rd.
  3. Continue north on Telegraph Rd for approximately 5 miles.
  4. Turn left into the office complex at 30100 Telegraph Rd.
  5. Proceed to Suite 360.
From the East:
  1. Start by heading west on I-696 W.
  2. Take exit 10 to merge onto US-24 N/Telegraph Rd.
  3. Continue north on Telegraph Rd for approximately 3 miles.
  4. Turn left into the office complex at 30100 Telegraph Rd.
  5. Proceed to Suite 360.
From the West:
  1. Start by heading east on I-696 E.
  2. Take exit 5 for US-24 N/Telegraph Rd.
  3. Turn left onto US-24 N/Telegraph Rd.
  4. Continue north on Telegraph Rd for approximately 3 miles.
  5. Turn left into the office complex at 30100 Telegraph Rd.
  6. Proceed to Suite 360.
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