The importance of estate planning in Central Michigan
There are numerous times in life when the experience and guidance of a legal professional are necessary. One of those times centers on an individual’s desire to develop a comprehensive estate plan. Contact a Central and Northern Michigan estate planning attorney to learn more about the legal process and obstacles you might face.
At Barberi Law, our lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience providing legal advice and representation to individuals facing difficult estate planning decisions. We understand that it can be a challenge to confront your mortality and consider what will happen to your assets after you die. It is crucial to plan for your future to ensure that you have control over who gets what when. We can answer a wide range of questions, including:
- Do I need both a will and a trust?
- What assets are covered in a simple will?
- What is probate?
- What documents typically comprise a comprehensive estate plan?
These and many more questions can be answered by our skilled estate planning attorneys. No matter your situation, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer.
Wills and trusts
- How long does the probate process take?
This really depends on several factors. For example, the size of the estate, the time it takes to validate a will and the time it takes to notify beneficiaries can all lengthen the probate process. If there is no will or the will is contested, it can take even longer.
- How can a will be contested?
Many disputes can arise during the probate process. For instance, surviving family members might not agree with the distribution of assets in the will. They might challenge the validity of the will on the basis of duress, undue influence, forgery or mental incapacity. There might even be disagreements over the choice of the personal representative. In all of these situations, it is wise to have a skilled attorney on your side.