Guidance and Representation You Can Depend On in All Stages of Administration
Probate, Estate and Trust Administration in Michigan
Administration of probate, estates and trusts contains a host of concerns best addressed and resolved with an experienced estate planning attorney. At Willis Law, with locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw, we simplify the processes, minimize costs and preserve assets for our clients, whom include executors, trustees, administrators and beneficiaries.
We assist our clients with:
- Estate administration and settlement
- Trust administration and protection of assets in trusts
- Foreign (out of state) personal representative estate administration (or ancillary estate administration)
- Probate administration
Our estate administration and trust administration attorneys handle all legal aspects of our clients' matters and collaborate with financial professionals as necessary.
We will help you understand your unique situation and the matters facing you in administration, including:
- Formal probate vs. informal probate – what is the best legal process for the estate?
- Supervised probate vs. unsupervised probate
- Small estate (summary administration) under Michigan law
- Minimizing your tax expense in administration
- Managing creditor claims in administration
- The fiduciary's duties and notice requirements under estate and trust administration
Our lawyers bring significant depth to our clients dealing with probate, estate administration or trust administration. Attorney Michael J. Willis, a co-founder of our firm, is registered as a certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of Illinois. We bring you over a century of experience, including that of Frank D. Willis, the former chief judge of Van Buren County Probate Court and one of the longest standing judges in Michigan Probate Court history with 38.5 years of service.
We are a full-service law firm dedicated to the Christian model of service, which drives us to provide proactive, customized and excellent legal services to our clients throughout Western Michigan.
The Importance of Experienced Legal Counsel and Representation
There are numerous reasons to hire a thorough and proactive lawyer for estate administration and planning needs. Many complex and co-dependent issues intertwine in the estate administration and planning processes. Overlooking just one part of tax law, Medicaid law or real estate laws may significantly impact wealth preservation and wealth transfer.
It is critical to plan your strategy and make use of the appropriate planning vehicles with a legal professional who acts in your best interests with flexibility, creativity and solid principles.
Please call our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our esteemed attorneys at (888) 461-7744. We are also available through our online email form, and we respond promptly to all inquiries. We look forward to speaking with you.
Michael J. Willis J.D., C.P.A.
Shaun P. Willis J.D.
Frank D. Willis J.D.
Donald H. Smith
Mariko C. Willis
Samuel R. Gilbertson J.D.
Verelle Kirkwood J.D.
Kristyn Meylenberg J.D.