Probate Law

Probate court can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you need to open an estate after the death of a family member, have a guardian appointed, or even litigate a probate dispute with relatives, the the attorneys at The Head Law Firm are prepared to answer your questions, protect your family's assets, and resolve or avoid disputes.

Estate and Trust Administration

If you have been nominated as personal representative (executor) in a family member's will, or trustee of a trust, it's normal to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. It is often an emotional time for all persons involved. An experienced probate attorney can guide you through the probate process and help to ensure that you comply with your fiduciary duties. It's important to work with an attorney that can not only answer your questions about the process, but is also someone that you feel comfortable with. You need an attorney that will help you to use efficient strategies to navigate the probate process so that your family's assets are not wasted, and so that the beneficiaries receive what they were intended to receive. From the opening of an estate to the final distribution of assets, the attorneys at The Head Law Firm have the experience and knowledge to guide you through a smooth estate or trust administration.

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardians and conservators are two types of fiduciaries appointed by a probate court to protect vulnerable indivuduals.

When an individual cannot make his or her own medical, housing, or care decicions due to a mental deficiency, physical disability, mental illness, or other reason, the probate court can appoint a guardian to make those types of decisions. A guardian is primarily appointed to make decisions concerning someone's care.

A conservator, on the other hand is charged with protecting assets and managing the financial affairs of an individual who cannot make informed decisions for him or herself. Conservators in Michigan are held to high fiduciary standards and are required to provide detailed accounting reports to the probate court at least annually.

If you believe that a family member or loved one requires a guardian or conservator, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You may also be surprised to learn that there are often other, less intrusive and less complicated options available.

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Probate Litigation

Most estates, trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships are administered with little to no controversy, but disputes occasionally arise that can result in litigation. Probate disputes often involve emotional family issues, that can be complicated to resolve. These disputes may include challenging the validity of a will or trust, pursuing a legal claim after someone's death, resolving a discrepancy concerning the wishes of a deceased loved one, or in some of the most troubling cases, working to correct the dealings of a dishonest personal representative, trustee, guardian, or conservator. It is crucial that the interests of a deceased loved one or incapacitated individual are followed and protected in probate court, and we are prepared to make good faith attempts to resolve disputes before litigating. Sometimes, however, litigation is unavoidable, and in those situations, having an experienced probate litigation attorney - like those at The Head Law Firm - on your side is one of the most important decisions a family can make.

Navigating the Michigan Probate Courts

Your best interests are our best interests. The attorneys at The Head Law Firm are here to earn your trust and help you navigate the many intricacies of probate court. Give us a call and secure your legacy.