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Ancillary Estate Administration (Probate) in Michigan

Services for Personal Representatives of Estates With Property in More Than One State

Also known as a "foreign personal representative," an out-of-state PR may be granted the fiduciary powers of a Michigan PR without the need to open a probate estate. Doing so requires a foreign PR to file with the appropriate Michigan county an authenticated copy of their appointment as PR to the estate along with the notice of ancillary administration.

At Willis Law, we also help personal representatives of estates in Michigan with property held in other states file for ancillary estate administration in the jurisdictions where the property is held. We offer full estate, trust and probate administration services to clients within Michigan and out-of-state clients who have interests in estates that hold property in Michigan. Our attorneys have decades of experience and are respected for their diligent and creative work throughout Western Michigan.

Please call us toll free at Kalamazoo today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids or Paw Paw.

Proceeding With Ancillary Probate

If you are a foreign PR of an estate with property in Michigan, opening a probate estate in Michigan may be avoidable, as stated above. We can help you navigate the process of estate or trust administration regarding the sale or transfer of real estate to heirs and other beneficiaries along with other associated property, such as vehicles, boats, business licenses and natural resource rights.

If you are the PR of an estate with primary probate in Michigan that owns property outside of Michigan, it is likely that you will need to open a probate estate (ancillary probate) in each state that property is owned. The primary probate court in Michigan does not have jurisdiction over the real property in another state. Without an ancillary probate in each state that property is owned, the deeds, sales and other transfers of the property may not be binding.

Schedule a Meeting With One of Our Attorneys

Managing real property manners in other states adds another layer of complexity to the already complicated legal processes of estate administration. Personal representatives face serious personal liability issues if any matters are mishandled. It is best to work with established estate administration lawyers who can guide you seamlessly through the process, offer straightforward counsel and protect your rights.

Please call our law firm at (888) 461-7744 or email us to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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