Probate

Michigan Lawyers With More Than 40 Years of Probate Experience

Losing a loved one is very difficult. With all of the challenges facing a grieving family, having to contend with the probate of an estate may seem overwhelming. Often thought of as lengthy and expensive, the probate process does not necessarily have to be either.

State probate requirements and procedures can be rather complex, so it is extremely important to have an attorney who is knowledgeable of Michigan law by your side. At the Battle Creek, Michigan, law firm of Steffel & Steffel, we have the knowledge and skill needed to guide you through the probate and estate administration process as quickly and economically as possible. Our firm represents both in-state and out-of state clients requiring probate assistance. Contact us to arrange a free telephone discussion.

What is Probate?

Probate is a rather complicated process, involving multiple legal filings and significant responsibilities to take care of the assets and liabilities of a  loved one after death. Our firm advises personal representatives/executors on all aspects of the probate process, including:

  • Managing estate assets and payment of debts
  • Filing income tax returns
  • Filing required documents with the probate court
  • Distributing assets according to the terms of the will

Probate Court- Matters of the Living

The probate court in Michigan also has exclusive jurisdiction over certain matters involving those who, due to illness or development disabilities,  cannot take care of their property or make health care decisions.  We can assist in establishing guardianships,  conservatorships, and other protective proceedings.

plan ahead to Avoid Probate

Through careful estate planning, it is possible to avoid probate altogether. For example, assets placed in a trust will be exempt from going through the probate process.  Executing a valid durable power of attorney and designating a patient advocate now  can alleviate the need for the probate court  to appoint a guardian and conservator later. Our firm assists individuals with proactive estate planning in an attempt to minimize the time and costs associated with probate.

Representation Tailored to Your Needs

As a small law firm, we offer clients high-quality personal service. By working directly with our attorneys, you can be certain that your important legal needs will be addressed. Contact us to discuss how we can assist with estate administration, the probate process, and creating legal documents to bypass probate court proceedings altogether.