Grand Rapids Probate Attorneys
Probate has a reputation for putting fear into heirs, personal representatives and others who are involved in managing the estate of a deceased loved one. Many people say "I just want to avoid probate" while not really understanding what it is or how the process works. If you are facing probate, it is in your interest to have a skilled attorney guiding you.
At LEMMEN & LEMMEN PLC, our attorneys have a combined experience of more than 50 years in probate and other estate-related practice. We understand how the process works and can help you make your way through probate as smoothly as possible so you can move on to the next phase of your life.
To speak to one of our Coopersville or Grand Rapids probate attorneys about your legal needs, call us today at (616) 837-6221 to setup a consultation.
What Is Probate?
Probate in its simplest terms is a legal process where ownership of a deceased person's assets is legally transferred to the beneficiaries. Outstanding issues such as estate debts and unpaid taxes are also handled within the probate court. A trust can be used to avoid probate. Click on the following link to learn about the difference between wills and trusts.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
When a family member who is no longer able to make decisions about his or her finances or health care, it may be necessary for family members to seek the appointment of a guardian or conservator. This is also handled in the probate court, and we can help you arrive at a conclusion as swiftly as possible so you can protect your loved one.
When a stepparent adopts his or her spouse's child, the stepparent becomes fully responsible for the child. The noncustodial parent, who no longer lives with the child, loses all legal parental rights and responsibilities including child support. The probate court has the power and authority to grant a stepparent adoption.