Depending on how your loved ones' assets and property are titled at the time of their death, some or all of their estate may have to go through probate. If the assets are jointly held and there is a right of survivorship, such as with joint bank accounts or the family home, they will pass directly to the joint owner.
Every personal estate is unique, the probate process will differ slightly from one person to another. In general, however, the process in Michigan for an unsupervised estate is as follows:
It can take anywhere from a few months to over a year to probate a simple estate, but complications can arise.
Once your loved one is gone, there is no way to avoid probate. However, working with an experienced probate attorney can take a lot of the hassle off your plate so you can grieve and support your family at this difficult time.