Trusted Guidance Through Probate
When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, legal concerns are the least of your worries. However, it is necessary to probate a will as soon as possible. The process of validating and executing a will is often a long and complicated process that can lead to disputes between family members.
Attorney Sara E. Allen of Rebeck & Allen has extensive experience guiding families through the probate process. She thoroughly examines your situation to provide you with personalized support and counsel. At Rebeck & Allen, we take care of your legal concerns so you can take care of your family.
Providing Skilled Counsel And Resolving Disputes
In Michigan, the probate process consists of four steps:
- Designate the personal representative
- Collect all assets of the decedent’s estate
- Pay leftover bills, taxes and debts
- Distribute assets to beneficiaries
Every step requires great attention to detail. The court must examine various records and documents that the decedent left behind. That alone can make the process seem tedious. However, probate can become even more so if arguments erupt between family members.
The most common contests in the probate process usually involve:
- The will: By law, wills are only valid if the writer was of sound mind at the time. If someone claims that the writer was not mentally sound, the court must investigate the matter.
- The personal representative: Some may object to the personal representative, claiming they cannot act impartially.
- The execution: A family member might protest their inheritance, saying the deceased promised them more. However, it is important to note that the state of Michigan does not recognize oral wills.
Advocating For Families In Greater Detroit
At Rebeck & Allen, we always strive to avoid conflict in estate planning and probate matters. However, attorney Sara E. Allen has extensive civil litigation experience. If necessary, she is prepared to represent your case and protect your rights in court.
We are here to support you and your family through the entire probate process so you can put it behind you as soon as possible.