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Probate is used for more than just wills and estates in Michigan

We have let our readers know a lot of information since this blog was first published. One thing that we have covered is probate. Our Michigan readers might find it helpful for us to give a quick overview about some of the things that are handled in probate court in our state.

Conservatorships are handled in probate court. The conservator in a conservatorship is appointed to handle a person's property and assets. The court can choose to appoint the conservator in a variety of cases. If a person has disappeared, for example, the court might appoint a conservator. The same is true in the event of chronic drug or alcohol use, physical impairment or mental disability.

Decedent estates are handled in probate. This is one of the most commonly thought of aspects of probate court. One or more personal representatives are appointed to handle the estate. This includes a variety of duties, including paying taxes, handling claims and distributing the estate.

Adult and child guardianships are also covered in probate. These cases involve naming someone over the care of an adult or minor who is unable to care for him- or herself. In the case of an adult, a guardian can only be appointed if the person is considered to be legally incapacitated. In the case of children, there are many reasons why a guardianship might be necessary.

We can help you work through every aspect of probate. We can even help you to learn how you can help your loved ones to avoid probate when you pass away. From start to finish, we can make sure you understand your options so you can decide how to handle probate-related matters.

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