After the loss of a loved one, few surviving family members have the energy to focus on legal issues or potential estate complications. However, lack of action or a misunderstanding of the probate process can result in probate litigation and other legal complications for grieving families. Michigan families can minimize conflict and head off any potential problems with professional assistance, a clear understanding of the types of probate and they may mean as far as the distribution of the decedent’s assets is concerned.

In some cases in Michigan, a supervised probate will be appropriate. This will lead to a hearing before a judge. The hearing will address the assets of the estate and result in a determination regarding how assets will be distributed.

Other types of probate include unsupervised and informal unsupervised probate. An unsupervised probate involves less court involvement than a supervised probate; a formal hearing may be the main portion that is required, and that hearing can lead to finalizing any matters. An informal unsupervised probate is all done through legal paperwork, and there is no need for a formal hearing.

The type of probate needed to settle a particular estate will depend largely on the amount of assets, the estate plan in place and the unique circumstances present. In Michigan, families can turn to a probate lawyer to discuss ways to avoid probate litigation and other means of minimizing conflict after a loved one has passed away. Our website has more information about probate in Michigan and how the process can impact an estate.