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Michigan Wills and Trusts

If you are looking for an attorney to draft a Michigan will or Michigan trust, we encourage you to contact our law firm, Howard T. Linden, P.C. In addition to drafting wills and trusts, we handle all aspects of estate planning. We also represent heirs in will contests and wrongful death proceedings.

Experience

Attorney Howard Linden has had over 39 years of experience in all aspects of Michigan probate and estate planning and procedure.

Recognized Expertise

Other Michigan attorneys regularly hire attorney Howard Linden as an expert witness and to handle probate matters that arise in wrongful death cases and in the administration of decedents' estates, as well as guardianships and conservatorships.

Reasonable Fees

We understand the importance of providing legal services that are affordable to the average family. Our law firm offers high-quality legal services at a reasonable cost.

Michigan Will Practice

Drafting a Will

A good estate plan provides for the transfer of property upon death with the least possible amount of estate tax liability, other costs and delay. A will is part of an estate plan and can stand alone or include a wide range of trusts, including trusts intended to limit tax liability and trusts intended to protect one's spouse and children. We tailor each will we draft to the needs of our clients. We have had decades of experience helping clients who desire to transfer a business, fixed assets or a farm to their children.

Contesting a Will

A will contest in Michigan can be based on a number of grounds, including the following:

  • The Michigan will was improperly drafted. A will can be contested in Michigan on the grounds that it was not properly drafted, signed, or witnessed as required by Michigan law.
  • The testator was not mentally competent. Under Michigan law, a testator (the person who died and whose property is being distributed by a will) is required to be mentally competent at the time the will is made, or the will can be declared null and void.
  • There was undue influence. If someone pressures a testator to execute a will, the will can be declared null and void. There are a number of scenarios that can lead to undue influence. Often the person exerting undue influence is a relative, friend, trusted advisor, or health care worker who seeks to receive part of an estate.

Michigan Trust Practice

As mentioned above, wills can include trusts that minimize tax liability and/or protect a spouse or children. Trusts can also stand alone, and depending on the type of trust, federal tax law and/or Michigan law may dictate how the trust should be drafted. This area is one that requires a significant amount of experience, knowledge, and attention to detail. Attorney Howard Linden has been drafting trusts for over 39 years. He is a lawyer’s lawyer, routinely drafting wills, trusts and handling probate issues for other attorneys.

Because there are so many types of trusts, it is important for your Michigan trust attorney to listen to what you want the trust to accomplish. Attorney Howard Linden will listen to your facts, advise you as to the trust that best meets your needs, and draft the trust based on relevant federal and state statutes and regulations.

To contact our law firm for a free consultation, please call 1-800-956-1900 (toll-free), call 248-358-4545 (Detroit-area phone number) or email attorney Howard Linden. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mr. Linden receives e-mails and voice mails 24 hours a day, every day, and can arrange convenient appointments outside normal business hours.

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