During the administration of a decedent’s estate, in other words, a situation where an individual has passed away with property or assets in their name and now we need to transfer those assets or property to someone else, the court will appoint an individual, known as the Personal Representative, to help facilitate this process. This person, formally known as an executor, will help the court gather an inventory of the decedent’s assets, work with financial institutions, utility companies, funeral homes, etc. to wrap up the affairs of the person who died.
Michigan law has an order of priority when it comes to appointment of the personal
representative (http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-700-3203), and it breaks down as follows:
1. Person named in a valid will
2. Surviving spouse if a beneficiary
3. Other beneficiaries
4. Surviving spouse if not a beneficiary
5. Other heirs
6. Creditor of the estate
7. State or County public administrator
Rutkowski Law Firm: Asset Protection & Estate Planning has an excellent record of representing individuals in the probate court throughout Michigan.
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