Thav, Ryke and Associates has achieved a reputation for solving complex probate matters and as a result, practice and have clients throughout the great state of Michigan. Further, we represent many out-of-state clients who have had family members who pass away in the State of Michigan.
We are here to assist you in all areas of wills and trusts, estate planning, and probate law in the State of Michigan. Our lawyers are experienced in meeting our clients’ needs whether in drafting wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, comprehensive estate plans, and the legal process of transferring property upon a person’s death, otherwise known as “probate.”
Probate is a legal process that begins with a “petition” (a request) to open the estate and name a personal representative. In order to act on behalf of the decedent and transfer assets pursuant to a will, a personal representative appointed. The personal representative will then be given letters of authority to act on decedent’s behalf. The court will determine whether the estate will be unsupervised or supervised. The court may supervise an estate in order to make sure assets are being properly transferred.
Despite people’s best intentions, families often fight over their loved ones’ estate. Probate and related proceedings are designed to settle those disputes.
Disputes such as:
a) contests of wills and trusts;
b) construction or interpretation of wills and trusts;
c) joint tenancies;
d) claims against estates for debts or services rendered to the decedent;
e) division of personal property;
f) retrieval of assets from individuals who have acquired them improperly, and many more.
The reality is, we do not look for contests, but they usually arise. We try and settle those contents to our client’s satisfaction, but will fight if necessary. It’s important to note that not all probate attorneys handle contested proceedings.
If you are currently in a situation where you’ll be dealing with the Michigan state court system in relation to a probate or estate related matter, or if you think that you will be in this kind of situation in the near future, it is important that you hire an attorney that knows the ins and outs of Michigan probate law.
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Grand Rapids Office:
250 Monroe NW, Ste. 400,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503