What is the purpose of probate administration?

The idea of having to go through the probate process after a loved one dies can seem unbearable. It is something that can take months or longer to finish, depending on the complexity of the estate in question. While it may not be something Michigan residents want to do, probate administration is required for most estates before any assets will be distributed to beneficiaries.

Probate administration is the process in which an estate is distributed. During probate administration, creditors will be given the opportunity to make claims on an estate, any taxes owed will need to be paid, wills can be challenged and, when all is said and done, assets will then be divvied up either to the specifications listed in an estate plan or by court ruling. An executor -- a personal representative named in a will -- or an administrator -- a representative designated by the court -- will be responsible for making sure everything is handled appropriately.

Those who are not familiar with how probate administration works or understand state laws regarding the distribution of estates may find the whole process a bit confusing. Thankfully, it is possible to employ legal counsel to assist with this process. With help, closing out an estate will not feel like such an arduous task.

A lot can happen during probate administration, causing beneficiaries to miss out on assets intended for them. This does not have to be the case, however. An experienced probate attorney can help Michigan residents get the most out of this process and finalize everything as swiftly as possible.

Source: FindLaw, "What is Probate and Estate Administration", Accessed on Feb. 22, 2017