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Estate Planning Attorneys In Rochester Hills, MI

Estate Planning | Probate | Business Law | Real Estate Law

Chris Atallah Esq. - Founder and Managing Partner
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Author of "The Ultimate Guide to Wills & Trusts - Estate Planning for Michigan Families"

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Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys In Rochester Hills Can Help You Secure The Future For Your Family And Loved Ones

We never know what could happen to us tomorrow. Which is why it’s so important to prepare an Estate Plan today. Our experienced Michigan Estate Planning Attorneys in Rochester Hills are ready to help you develop unique Estate Plan, custom tailored to your specific needs. Whether you need a Will, Living Trust, comprehensive Estate Plan, or help navigating the complexities of Probate, our  Estate Planning Lawyers in Rochester Hills can help you design a comprehensive plan to protect your family, money, and property from the expensive costs and legal battles that can happen in Probate Court. 

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We've Helped 1,000s of Clients Protect Their Families, Money, and Property Through Estate Planning

An Overview of Estate Planning In Michigan

When we refer to “Estate Planning”, we’re talking about the process of transferring your money, property, and assets to your loved ones after you’re gone – in the most efficient way possible. It also includes planning for what might happen to you while you’re still alive, for example, if you become extremely ill and need someone to care for you. It’s important to remember that Estate Planning is about much more than just signing documents. It’s about designing and implementing a personalized plan, in the simplest way possible, to protect your family and loved ones from devastating court battles and financial hardships that can occur after you pass.

Is Estate Planning For Me?

Everyone has an “Estate”. An Estate is simply all of your money, property, assets, and debt that you own at the time of your death. This can be your house, cars, bank accounts, investment portfolios, family heirlooms etc. Estate Planning isn’t just for the ultra-wealthy, it’s for everyone. 

What Happens To My Family If I Pass Without A Comprehensive Estate Plan?

Family forced into Probate Court, even if you had a Will.
Family must publicly declare your assets and their values to the county.
Heirs are accidentally disqualified from needed benefits.
Assets involuntarily end up in the hands of creditors, bankruptcy courts, or ex-spouses.
Easily avoidable taxes, Probate fees, court costs, and legal fees drain your Estate leaving little for your family.
Loved ones are accidentally disinherited.
Drawn out court battles between family.
Large sums are given to the children with substance problems or who are too young or immature to handle them.

3 Benefits An Estate Planning Attorney Can Help You Achieve

Avoid Probate
and Death Tax

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A Rochester Hills Estate Planning Attorney can help you keep more money in the family by avoiding potentially lengthy and expensive court proceedings and unnecessary taxes.

Keep your personal and financial matters private

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Proper Estate Planning can avoid the Probate Court process, so there is no need to make your assets or your personal wishes public. Most transfers take place in private within weeks instead of over the course of years in probate.

Maintain control of your finances after you pass

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Continue to protect your family, even after you're gone: delay distributions until children reach a certain age or graduate; make sure money doesn't fall into the hands of creditors and ex-spouses; & make sure that special needs children still qualify for benefits.

Avoid Probate Court With The Help Of A Rochester Hills Estate Planning Lawyer

Why Should I Avoid Probate?

1. Probate can be expensive...

Probate is the legal process through which the court ensures that, when you die, your debts are paid and your assets are distributed according to Michigan law. It can be very expensive. Legal fees, executor fees, inventory fees (county taxes), and other costs have to be paid before your assets can be fully distributed to your heirs. If you own property in other states, your family could face multiple probates, each one according to the laws in that state. These costs can vary widely, but we’ve had clients who had to pay tens of thousands of dollars throughout the Probate process. In general, Probate is much, much more expensive than doing some simple Estate Planning in advance.

2. Probate can take a long time...

It takes a long time… In Michigan, the standard probate process takes a minimum of 5 months to complete. However, over the past decade we’ve experienced that it generally takes 9 months to a year to resolve simple cases (and several years for contested cases). We once represented a client whose Probate lasted for 8 years!

3. Probate is public...

Your family has little privacy in probate court. Probate is a public process, so anyone can see the size of your Estate (often what you actually owned), who you owed debts to, who will receive your assets, and when they will receive them. The process invites upset heirs to contest your Will and can expose your family to lawsuits from greedy creditors and potential fraudsters.

Living Trust vs Will

Whats The Difference and Which Is Right For Me?

Wills and Trusts are the most commonly known tools used in Estate Planning. Think of these as the foundational building blocks, or anchors, of any comprehensive written Estate Plan. Everyone’s situation is unique. You may only need a Will, while someone else may need a Living Trust. Our Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys in Rochester Hills can guide you through the Estate Planning Process to help you determine which may be best for your family’s unique situation.

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Your Rochester Hills Trust Lawyers Can Help You With A Specialty Trust

As experienced Trust Lawyers, we understand that often times families require additional planning beyond just a Will or Living Trust. That’s why we offer a wide variety of additional Trust and Estate Planning services to make sure you have all of your bases covered when putting together a comprehensive Estate Plan to protect your loved ones. Some of Our specialty services our Trust Lawyers provide include:

  • Irrevocable Trust
  • Special Needs Trust
  • IRA Beneficiary Trust
  • Realty Trust
  • Dynasty Trust
  • Home Protection Trust
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Bankruptcy Protection Trust
  • Substance Abuse Protection Trust
  • Pet Trust
  • NFA Gun Trust
  • Substance Abuse Protection Trust
  • Gambling Protection Trust
  • Discretionary Trust
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As experienced Trust Lawyers, we understand that often times families require additional planning beyond just a Will or Living Trust. That’s why we offer a wide variety of additional Trust and Estate Planning services to make sure you have all of your bases covered when putting together a comprehensive Estate Plan to protect your loved ones. Our specialty services include:

  • Irrevocable Trust
  • Special Needs Trust
  • IRA Beneficiary Trust
  • Realty Trust
  • Dynasty Trust
  • Home Protection Trust
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Bankruptcy Protection Trust
  • Substance Abuse Protection Trust
  • Pet Trust
  • NFA Gun Trust
  • Substance Abuse Protection Trust
  • Gambling Protection Trust
  • Discretionary Trust

The Planning Process Is Simple With Our Estate Planning Attorneys In Rochester Hills

Estate Planning can seem complex and confusing, but it really doesn’t have to be. Rochester Law Center was created to simplify the complex world of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning. We’ve made the Estate Planning Process easy for 1,000s of Michigan family’s and we can help you too.  

Meet Attorney Chris Atallah - Founder and Managing Partner

Author of "The Ultimate Guide to Wills and Trusts - Estate Planning for Michigan Families"

When looking for an Estate Planning Attorney to help you secure your family’s future, you need an experienced lawyer who is well versed in complex Estate Planning matters. 

Rochester Law Center was founded by Rochester Hills Estate Planning Lawyer, Chris Atallah – author of “The Ultimate Guide to Wills and Trusts – Estate Planning for Michigan Families”. 

Over the past decade, Chris has helped 1,000s of Michigan families and businesses secure their futures through comprehensive Estate Planning.

He has taught dozens of seminars across the State on such topics as avoiding the death tax, protecting minor children after the parents’ death, and preserving family wealth from the courts and accidental disinheritance. 
 

Chris built Rochester Law Center to help simplify the complex world of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning so Michigan families can make the right decisions about what really matters to them: making sure their loved ones, money, and property are protected.

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Licensed in the State of Michigan and the Federal 6th Circuit
State Bar of Michigan Memberships:

Probate and Estate Planning Section

Business Law Section

Real Property Law Section

International Law Section

Member of the Advisory Board of the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan
Academic Honors:
Wayne State University Law School Cum Laude
Oakland University - Magna Cum Laude

Why Clients Choose Us As Their Estate Planning Lawyers

We've Helped 1,000s of Clients Estate Plan

We understand that your family’s planning needs are unique. That’s why we take a personalized approach to ensure that all of your needs are taken care of properly – the first time.

At Rochester Law Center, we promise to always deliver you the following:

  • Customized Wills, Trusts, and Estate Plans to fit your needs
  • Unlimited access to your attorney throughout the entire planning process
  • No surprise costs – we quote flat fees
  • Installment plans to help you get started now and pay over time
  • No obligation consultations and no high pressure sales tactics
  • Personalized and friendly service

It’s our goal to give you outstanding customer service. We want you to feel knowledgeable and comfortable about all of your planning options and what we can do to help. We want to empower you to make great decisions so that you have the peace of mind knowing that your family will be taken care of, even if you’re no longer there to take care of them yourself. That’s why we provide free consultations & practical guidance.

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