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How a Ladybird Deed Can Protect Your Home From Probate

Avoiding probate is a priority for many people, and understandably so; they don’t want their family, already grieving their loss, to be confronted with administrative difficulties in settling their estate. Estate planning tools, such as living trus… Read More
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When to Hire a Probate Lawyer

If someone close to you has died and their will puts you in charge of administering their estate, you have probably been told that the first thing you should do is hire a probate lawyer. Similarly, if a loved one has died without a will in Michigan,… Read More
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Death Certificate

Do I need a death certificate to open an estate in Michigan?

A guide to alternative documents you can use to open an estate in Michigan when there is no death certificate. Read More
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Who Can Be Appointed a Pe…

Who Can Be Appointed a Personal Representative in a Probate Case?

A personal representative is the person in charge of overseeing and distributing the property owned solely by a deceased person, or decedent, at their death through the probate process. (Property owned jointly with others, or held in a trust, does no… Read More
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What Information Should The Personal Representative Give Estate Beneficiaries

What Information Should a Personal Representative Provide to Estate Beneficiaries? Frustrated heirs will often contact me, frustrated at the lack of information they have received in a probate estate. Unfortunately, estate heirs and devisees don̵… Read More
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