Probate is the process by which a will is made public and the court provides authorization to distribute assets to beneficiaries. Using a lawyer experienced in probate and estate administration will make the entire process of probating the estate efficient and cost-effective, even when no formal proceedings are required. A lawyer will help you avoid mistakes in administration and make sure you are not held personally liable for the decedent’s debts. Also, the legal fees are paid from the estate.
Using a lawyer is especially important if it is unclear who should receive the decedent’s assets or if there is conflict among the heirs or beneficiaries. Contact us if you have had a loved one pass and need assistance in probate administration in Michigan, Indiana, or Ohio.