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How to Avoid Probate in Michigan

Many people, when asked about their estate planning goals, say that they want to avoid probate. Even if they are not entirely sure what the probate process involves, they have the sense that avoiding probate is a good thing—and often, they are righ… Read More
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Can an Adopted Child Still Inherit From Biological Parents?

Most people expect that after their death, their property will go to their family. But what exactly does that mean? If you adopt a child, do they have the same inheritance rights under the law as any biological children you have? What about stepchild… Read More
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Can You Sell a House During Probate?

Often, when a homeowner dies, their house is the largest asset in their estate. Family members may need or want to liquidate the property as soon as possible. A house frequently represents more than its financial value, of course; it may hold treasur… Read More
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What to Do If You Can’t Find the Will After Someone Dies

The days and weeks after a loved one’s death are difficult, as you deal with your grief and begin adjusting to life without your family member. Unfortunately, the mourning period often involves the need to probate your loved one’s estate. Probate… Read More
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Do I Need a Death Certificate to Open an Estate in Michigan?

In the moments after a family member’s death, the need to open an estate for them is probably not the first thing on your mind. But in the days and weeks that follow, you will come to realize that you need to take steps to settle their estate—pay… Read More
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What Happens When You Inherit a House with a Mortgage?

Inheriting property can be complicated, both emotionally and financially. This is especially true when your inheritance is a house. You are likely still dealing with the loss of your loved one, and now must make decisions about what happens to their… Read More
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Michigan to Assist Probate Attorneys in Fighting Elder Abuse

In Michigan, when an adult becomes incapable of making good decisions for him- or herself, someone needs to step in and help. Often that person is a guardian or conservator. A guardian makes personal decisions for a legally incapacitated person (ward… Read More
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Should I Include a No-Contest Clause in My Will?

Your last will and testament is supposed to give effect to your wishes for what happens to your property after your death. Having a will typically promotes family harmony by making your wishes clear and preventing your family from fighting over what… Read More
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Michigan Probate for Out-of-State Families

Losing a loved one is always hard, and having to settle their estate while you are still grieving can make things even more difficult. It’s challenging enough when you live near your family member’s last residence and can deal with estate matters… Read More
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Michigan Probate Filing Deadlines Extended Due to COVID-19

Michigan has been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and hospitals have been overwhelmed. In order to stem the tide of cases, most Michiganders have been following recommendations for physical distancing and staying at hom… Read More
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