A Northern Michigan probate lawyer can provide invaluable help during the probate process. An experienced attorney can assist with every aspect of the process of probating an estate, from filing court paperwork to managing assets to facilitating asset transfers after a death.
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle has helped many people successfully complete the probate process. Our legal team knows the ins-and-outs of Michigan probate law and we make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Probate can take a long time, cost a lot of money and make a big impact on an inheritance.It is vital that the parties with a major interest during the probate process have an experienced attorney.
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can offer legal advocacy and representation to the individuals who play a key role in the probate process, including the following three people who should have a lawyer looking out for them during probate.
Executors of an Estate
If you have been named executor of an estate, you have a vitally important role to play during the probate process. You have a fiduciary duty, which is the highest legal duty under the law, and you actually could face potential legal liability if something goes wrong. This is why it is vital that executors of a will have a probate lawyer to help them fulfill their duties.
If someone names you executor of an estate, you do not necessarily have to accept that role. The court could instead appoint a personal representative if you decline. However, if you are willing to serve as executor because you were named in the will, the court is still going to have to appoint you to that role.
As executor of an estate, you will need to ensure you file all appropriate paperwork with the court. You’ll have to manage the assets in the probate estate throughout the entirety of the probate process. You must provide required notice to heirs or beneficiaries, creditors, and other interested parties who may need to be involved in the probate process. You will need to take care of all tax issues, and of the formal legal steps of facilitating the transfer of assets to new owners.
The list of your responsibilities is long and technical knowledge is often required. Our legal team can help you to fulfill all of the tasks you need to fulfill.
Heirs or Beneficiaries
If you stand to inherit money because you have been named as an heir in someone’s will, it is in your best interests to be represented by a Northern Michigan probate lawyer during the probate process. While you may not have as much of a formal role to play as the executor of an estate, it is your money and property at stake during probate. You want someone with legal knowledge helping you to monitor this process and make sure everything goes as smoothly as it can.
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can assist you in ensuring the executor of an estate fulfills his obligations and manages estate assets in an appropriate way. Our legal team can help you to oversee the probate process, ensure it is going as quickly as possible, and protect your inheritance in case there is a challenge to the will.
Individuals Contesting a Will
A last will and testament is normally used to determine who should inherit money and property because the will should reflect the wishes of the deceased. Unfortunately, sometimes people make a will for the wrong reasons or make a will when they aren’t actually capable of doing so.
If you believe a will is not’ a real reflection of what the deceased person would have wanted, but is instead a document created when the deceased was no longer of sound mind or was created under conditions of fraud or duress, you should strongly consider contesting the will.
When you contest a will, you need to follow the proper legal process and make solid arguments proving what is wrong with the will. You need an attorney who can help you to make these arguments. Our legal team can provide the assistance you need to have the best chance of convincing a probate court judge that a will isn’t actually valid and shouldn’t be probated.
Getting Help from A Northern Michigan Probate Lawyer
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle has the experience necessary to help ensure the probate process goes as quickly and smoothly as possible and to help ensure that the wishes of the deceased are respected. Whether you need help protecting an inheritance, fighting to invalidate a bad will, or fulfilling you role as executor of an estate, we are here to help. You can also call us today at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online for personalized information on the assistance we can offer.