List of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Do I have to probate my parents estate?
Anything that is in that person's name alone would have to be probated.
- Do I need a Guardianship/Conservatorship for my relative?
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- Can I make out my own will?
We have the Michigan Statutory Will forms for people, or we advise they contact an attorney.
- Do I have to file my will with the Probate Court?
No, however, it is a safe place to keep it if there are family problems, not a law. If the will is placed on file, there is a $25.00 filing fee.
- Do I always have to have an attorney to do probate matters?
No, but all we can do is give the forms. The court is not allowed to give legal advise.
- Can I get forms from your office?
The court does provide forms to the public at no charge.
- What does it cost to reopen an estate?
The fee to reopen is $100.
- Can you name an attorney that can help me?
No, the court cannot name an attorney. However, we do provide a list of the attorneys that practice in the area.
- How long does it take to complete a probated estate?
It depends if the family gets along. The estate has to be open for at least 5 months and is usually closed within a years time.
- Can I talk to the Judge about a matter?
Usually not, if that matter came before the Judge, he would have to disqualify himself.