Probate Information

Gudeman & Associates, P.C., located in Warren, Michigan, provides estate and probate litigation for individuals and families facing will contests, trusts disputes, or estate distribution disputes. Probate litigation often results due to a lack of estate planning. We also help clients serving as the executor or trustee of an estate. This responsibility frequently comes at a very emotional time in life, and the court process involved can be overwhelming and complex.

Our Michigan probate dispute lawyers can help you sort through the legal paperwork and accounting that is required by the court. The following page is intended to provide general information about probate litigation. For information related to your specific situation contact Gudeman & Associates, P.C. to set up an appointment to talk with one of our experienced attorneys.

Probate litigation arises from many issues, including undue influence, arguments over personal or real property, incapacity, and guardianship. Our Warren probate litigation attorney has been appointed a guardian ad litem by the Michigan Probate Court.

Contact Gudeman & Associates, P.C. for representation in an estate or probate dispute.

Probate Litigation – An Overview

Estate administration and probate litigation can be time consuming and confusing. An attorney who is competent and experienced in probate and estate administration can facilitate this often-difficult process in a timely and effective manner. If you need help in the administration of an estate, call an attorney today.

When Do I Need A Probate Lawyer?

The probate process is lengthy, requiring strict attention to detail and experience handling multiple legal tasks at once. A knowledgeable probate attorney understands the implications of the interplay between administration, distribution and closure of an estate. Contact a probate attorney today to discuss your probate matter.

Will Contests: Who May Bring a Claim?

Will contests are one of many forms of probate litigation. The nuances involved can be complex. An experienced probate litigation attorney will be able to walk you through the process and be your advocate

Probate Litigation: What to Expect and How It Will Happen

The probate litigation process is similar to other civil litigation. A knowledgeable and experienced probate litigation attorney can assist you at every stage of this process. Contact an attorney before deciding to move forward with your probate litigation claim.

How to Avoid Probate Litigation

While you cannot keep relatives from fighting after your death, there are several tools you can use during your lifetime to help your estate avoid probate. A knowledgeable and experienced estate planning and probate attorney can help you make the most of your estate plan.

Probate Litigation Resource Links

Getting Ready for Estate Planning
This site from Purdue University outlines a six-step guide to preparing for estate planning.

Legal Information Institute – Probate by State
Cornell University offers a listing of probate statutes by state.

Federal Citizen Information Center – Estate Planning
The federal government provides information on estate planning and estate taxes.

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?
The University of Minnesota offers advice on estate planning and personal property.

Smart Money: Estate Planning
Provides information to consumers on the process of gathering information and documentation for estate planning.

Frequently Asked Questions about Probate Litigation

Q: What is probate?

A: Probate is the process by which a court determines whether or not a will is valid.

Q: How can an attorney assist me in the probate process?

A: Probate laws vary state by state, and the process itself can vary county by county. A knowledgeable and experienced probate attorney understands the nuances in the law and knows how to staunchly advocate for his or her clients. The ways in which a probated will can result in litigation are numerous. An attorney can explain the proper methods of estate administration and can assist in a will contest or other form of probate litigation.