Oxford, Michigan, Probate Attorney
Guiding Clients Through Probate, Estate and Trust Administration for More Than 35 Years
When you are going through the form-intensive probate, estate or trust administration process, the last thing you want is an attorney who makes you do all of the leg work. Instead, you want an advocate who will stand by your side and ensure that the process runs smoothly from start to finish.
Oxford, Michigan, probate lawyer Greg Kudela takes a hands-on approach to probate, estate and trust administration. He understands that the forms involved in probate can be daunting; he will review each form with you and answer any questions you might have during the process. As your mentor and translator, he will help you decipher legal terminology and explain in detail what the court requires.
Mr. Kudela’s Probate Administration Practice
If you have been named as a personal representative (also known as an executor) of the estate of a loved one, Greg Kudela can help you complete the requirements of the probate process, whether you use the simplified or informal probate process allowed in Michigan or you take the estate through supervised or formal probate. He will handle all matters related to the settlement of the estate, including:
- Preparation of an inventory of assets
- Payment of all final debts and taxes of the estate
- Orderly distribution of the assets of the estate in accordance with the terms of the will
If the will is contested or there are other disputes regarding the estate, we will act as your advocate in any probate litigation.
Do I Need a Probate Lawyer?
Most estates are administered smoothly. The need for a probate attorney can be minimal if you have a lot of energy and a lot of time on your hands. However, many people attempt the estate administration process on their own only to realize later on that they need legal assistance. Michigan law prohibits probate clerks from providing legal advice — they may not even tell you what the forms are about. When you want compassionate and cost-effective guidance, contact a Michigan probate lawyer .
Greg Kudela’s Trust Administration Practice
In Michigan, trusts are private documents that do not need to be registered with the state. When a settlor/grantor (the person who writes the trust) passes away, the trust can be administered without going to probate court. Mr. Kudela’s firm works with trustees to help them administer a trust. This includes preparing an inventory of the trust assets, paying creditors and distributing the trust assets to the beneficiaries.
Contact a Michigan Estate Administration Lawyer
To schedule a confidential consultation with a Michigan estate administration attorney, contact Greg Kudela by e-mail or call the firm at 248-814-2000 or 248-236-8500. The office maintains regular office hours and meets with clients by appointment. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.