Losing a loved one is never easy. In addition to the emotions which you experience, dealing with the probate process can be even more taxing upon you and your family.
Probate is the court procedure used to change title of assets from the name of an individual who has passed away into the name of the living beneficiaries. It is also where all creditors of a decedent file claims to collect their debts and where interested parties who have a complaint regarding the deceased can file their complaint (a will contest). Even without a contest, probate can be costly and time consuming.
If your loved one passed away without a will or with a will only, you will need to navigate your way through probate. Although you can proceed without an attorney, most people feel it is necessary to employ an attorney to assist with the process as it is very cumbersome and you must know what you are doing in order to meet the necessary guidelines and timelines mandated by the probate court.
Check out the following link for a publication from the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan: