If you do not have a will at the time of your death, your solely held assets will be distributed according to the laws of intestate succession in Michigan, including Oakland County. While this may be fine for a limited number of individuals, most people want to have a say in who benefits from their estate. Without a will, your loved ones may also have to endure a lengthy and costly probate process, and the likelihood for internal family disputes may increase.
Our Royal Oak lawyers understand that creating a will may be difficult for our clients — no one likes to think about his or her own mortality. Creating a will also involves highly personal choices and can be emotionally difficult for some of our clients. While our team is always focused on practical legal advice, we also provide supportive service for these sensitive family matters.
While creating an initial will is an important first step, it is also necessary to review your will on a regular basis. In the very least, you should always reconsider your will if you have experienced a significant life event, such as a divorce, the birth of a child or grandchild or the death of a named beneficiary of the estate. Whether this is your first will or your third or fourth revision, our Southfield lawyers can help ensure your final wishes are protected.