We will work with you to administer the estate in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. In Michigan, there are many types of probate proceedings. We will determine which one is right for your unique case.
Small estate — If total assets are limited, there are simplified probate processes available. It could be as simple as completion of an affidavit; for slightly larger estates, it may require only the submission of a completed petition to the court and payment of a filing fee.
Unsupervised administration — This approach is the one most commonly used for an estate with any sort of significant assets or if the estate contains real estate. The process requires the completion of the appropriate pleadings and filings for submission to the probate court. If the personal representative requests the confirmation by a judge of aspects of the process or if the matter becomes contested, hearings before a probate judge are available. With unsupervised administration, typically there are no formal court hearings.
Supervised administration — The court supervises the probate process from start to finish. This approach requires the personal representative to submit documents for review by a probate judge and formal court hearings.
Our firm regularly provides probate services for personal representatives of Michigan estates when the executor lives outside of the Detroit area, in another state or another country. We can handle all aspects of the probate process with the goal of resolving all issues as efficiently as possible.
Our law firm is ready to help. Contact the real estate and estate planning attorneys at Galloway and Collens, PLLC.