When someone passes away, their family members often must act quickly to find and gather important documents that need to be presented to the court as soon as possible. These documents typically detail the final wishes of the person who has passed away.
Thinking ahead about these matters for your own estate planning purposes can help your loved ones when the time comes that they have to file your Will with the court and begin the Probate process in Michigan. Remember, unlike a Trust, a Will must go through Probate. Some people mistakenly believe that a clearly written Will, drafted by an attorney, signed, witnessed and notarized, will avoid Probate. This is not true. A Will is instructions or suggestions that you are making, in writing, to the Probate Court. After your loved ones have located your last Will and Testament, or other documents linked to your estate plan, the next step is to open a Probate case. Every Probate case will have some unique facets, but such cases generally will involve the following steps:
Consulting with a knowledgeable Michigan estate planning attorney can help make this process easier for your loved ones should the need for Probate arise. In fact, with proper planning, you can minimize or totally eliminate the need for your loved ones to go through the Probate process.
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