Oakland County Will Creation Attorney
Looking for the Right Michigan Will and Estate Lawyer to Create or Update A Last Will or Living Will to Ensure Your Wishes Are Fulfilled, Avoid or Minimize Probate Court Hassles, Protect Your Legacy and Make Sure Your Loved Ones Are Provided for?
Why Choose Rutkowski Law Firm?
- Confidential Case Assessment – During your virtual assessment, we will listen to you and help you determine your next steps.
- Focused Legal Practice – Our firm only focuses on wills, estate planning, elder law, asset protection, long term care plans and closely related areas.
- No Hidden Fees – Know the costs before starting (in most situations).
- Experienced – In our 10 years in business, we’ve helped hundreds of families protect their legacy and plan for their future.
- Custom Plans and Solutions – You and your family are unique. That’s why we don’t use fill-in-the-blank form documents. Your plan is YOUR Plan. Together we create plans that best fulfill your dreams and goals.
- Highly Responsive – We strive for “freaky fast” returned client calls. No going dark or waiting days to hear back.
- Proactive Approach – We help clients to prevent legal problems and mistakes before they happen.
- Client Education Focused – You’ll get a clear & concise understanding of each step in the process. We offer webinars to all interested in attending.
- We’re Here for You Afterwards – After creating your plan, we periodically check in with you and keep you informed and can meet to review changes in your assets, situation or wishes.
- Highly Reviewed & Rated – Excellent 5-star rating on respected legal site AVVO, 5-star rating on Google. See some of our reviews below.
- Virtual Visits- We offer fully virtual consultations and visits, for your safety and ours. Our mobile notary will bring your paperwork to you.
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Reasons to create or update a Last or Living Will:
- Don’t have a last will or living will
- Have minor children
- Have a DIY / form-generated will and want to upgrade to a more robust document
- Moved to Michigan and want to update your will to comply with Michigan law
- You and/or your spouse are “getting up there in years”
- Have a blended family / 2nd marriage
- Recent illness or adverse medical diagnosis
- Want to transfer your business to the next generation
- Going on vacation or an extended trip
- Having surgery
- Have a special needs child
- Pending divorce
- Want to leave an inheritance to spouse, children, or loved ones
- Want to support charitable interests
Types of Wills in Michigan
Holographic will. A holographic will is a legal document handwritten by an individual. It does not have to be witnessed. Holographic wills are generally considered to be valid if the will has been dated and has the individual’s signature.
Statutory will. A statutory will is typically what is known as a “fill-in-the-blanks” type of document. It is typically used by those who have a relatively small estate to leave and little other assets. The requirements for filling out the will are stated in the document. Individuals can usually find these types of wills at a stationery store or through their state legislator.
Formal will. A formal will is the most common type of will filed in probate. Formal wills are generally drawn up by an attorney who ensures that the contents of the will are legal and valid in the state of Michigan. These types of wills are signed by the individual for whom the will was created and are signed by two witnesses.
While not all of these wills require the help of a lawyer to draft, the consequences of having a will done incorrectly can be devastating for your loved ones. Ensure your legacy is protected by calling our offices today.
Client Reviews – The Rutkowski Law Firm
Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us and Their Experience
“the level of communication where we were kept informed every step of the way,” “Rutkowski exceeded expectations,” “most accommodating,” “no question goes unanswered,” “every step of the way we were treated with dignity and patience,” “not only professional and knowledgeable throughout the process, but they showed true compassion and interest in our personal situation,” “entire team was super helpful and the process was much, much easier than either of us had really expected,” “called the office after hours and received a call first thing in the morning,” “They made the process easy to understand and less overwhelming by walking you through each step,” “He took time to listen to our lives, help identify our needs, and create the perfect Trust for our family,” “you can tell in one conversation that Mike and his team know what they’re doing, and will work to make you happy,” “gave us a secure feeling that we were in good hands,” “excellent to work with for our peace of mind,” “Mike and his team were really kind and helpful,” “They were extremely professional and knowledgeable and most of all, a real pleasure to work with,” “I only have positive things to say about the team at Rutkowski Law,” “It is comforting to know that one has a support team,” “We were very satisfied with the professional, efficient manner in which Mike Rutkowski and his team handled the update of our legal documents,”
If these qualities are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.
Creating, Changing or Amending a Will / Codicil
Creating a will is one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones. Detailing your properly helps your heirs avoid unnecessary problems with probate. It also provides the peace of mind that your possessions and assets will go where you want them to. All wills must meet certain standards such as being witnessed to be legally valid. That’s why to really ensure the best outcome, people choose to “do it right” and work with an attorney.
If you already have a will and want to change, update or amend the document, a codicil may be required. A codicil typically refers to a change in beneficiaries, change in your personal representative or an addition to the will. The codicil is for when you want to add to, alter, delete, revoke or republish your will.
Awards & Memberships
We help families both locally within or near the Bloomfield Hills area, and all throughout the state of Michigan. Our “Virtual Visits” and Mobile Notary allow for us to serve the greatest area possible in the state.
Locally we serve Bloomfield Hills, Troy, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Rochester and Rochester hills, Sterling heights, Shelby Township, Macomb and many others.
What To Do Now:
We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and achieve the peace of mind that comes with having everything done properly and efficiently. Don’t let everything you’ve worked for just slip away due to a lack of proper planning. Invest the time now to learn your options by speaking with us and make the choices that best protect your legacy and wishes. Call us for one-on-one assistance at (248) 792-9193(248) 792-9193 with your questions, a description of your situation or to schedule a consultation. You may also simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office. You can expect a reply within 1 business day and often within hours the same day. All information is confidential.