David M. Bogard
Attorney at Law

Phone 734 676-6200
Facsimile 734 676-2300
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Probate and Estate Planning

     What exactly is Probate? Probate is a legal process that begins with a “petition” (a request) to open the estate and name a personal representative who is responsible for the administration of the deceased’s property. The next step is when an official Notice of Creditors is printed in a local newspaper and Notice of Administration is sent to other involved parties. Creditors then have a set amount of time to file their claims from the first date of publication. Then the personal representative can pay the debt and distribute the remaining estate. Finally, a petition for discharge is filed, and then the
estate is closed. 

    This process may sound simple, but when in reality probate law and the handling of estates is in fact a complex system, which presents you with multiple requirements and tasks to be preformed by the personal representative, an experienced attorney and a tax expert.

The Probate Process

By The American Bar Association, Public Education

Probate is the court-supervised legal procedure that determines the validity of your will. It affects some, but not all aspects of your estate. Non-probate assets, like a life insurance policy are paid directly to the beneficiary.

Upon your death, your will is filed with the probate court and its validity determined. All property, debts, and claims of the estate are inventoried and appraised. All valid claims of the estate are collected, and the remainder is distributed to beneficiaries according to the will.

       Contact Attorney David M. Bogard your Probate & Estate planning concerns.

Phone 734 676-6200

Facsimilie 734 676-2300

Email dave@bogardlaw.com

Address 2675 W Jefferson Ave.
Suite 100
Trenton, MI 48183

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