Posted On: December 14, 2011 by Jeffrey Michalowski

Estate Planning and Michigan Probate

Estate Planning – More Than Just Avoiding Probate

Besides the obvious and often exaggerated fears of dealing with the probate court, such as lack of privacy and added cost, there are other important reasons to avoid probate that attorneys might not tell you. After the loss or incapacity of a loved one, family members are naturally bewildered and stressed out. Most go through different stages of grieving while others skip right to anger and disbelief. Add to this volatile mix, years of childhood hurt and unspoken frustration, and you have an expensive battle where no one wins, except the attorneys.

This battling can literally rip families apart. That is why it is so important to have the necessary estate planning documents, such as a trust, will and durable power of attorney for both financial and healthcare in place. It is also important to review these documents with your family. This way your wishes will be legally documented and your family can focus on grieving for their loss and not on fighting over what needs to be done.

Our office specializes in preparing the appropriate estate plan to help you and your loved ones focus on what is really important during stressful times. If you would like to make sure your wishes are known and your family can rest easy, call our office now. We would be happy to help.

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