Estate Planning Attorneys In Michigan

Without The Proper Plan, You Could Be Exposed To Financial Risk

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

Estate Planning | Wills | Trusts | Probate

Chris Atallah Esq.
Founder and Managing Partner
Author of "The Ultimate Guide to Wills & Trusts - Estate Planning for Michigan Families"
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“Had no idea how to do a will or trust, but Chris made the experience very easy. He was very helpful. He was very understanding and extremely easy to work with. He understood what we needed and walked us through step by step. I would definitely recommend him. Thanks Chris!”
- Kim L.

Our Estate Planning Attorneys Can Help You With:

  • Comprehensive Estate Plans
  • Specialty Estate Planning
    • Small Business Owners
    • International 
    • Post Divorce
  • Will Preparation
    • Last Will and Testament
    • Living Wills
  • Trust Preparation
    • Living Trusts
    • Revocable Trusts
    • Irrevocable Trusts
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Elder Care Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Trustee Services
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Financial Power of Attorney
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Deed Drafting
  • Michigan Lady Bird Deeds
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  • Free Phone Consultations
  • No Need To Travel
  • No Hidden Fees
  • Streamlined Processes
  • Fast, Easy, Stress Free

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What Happens To My Family If I Pass Without An 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.

Is Estate Planning For Me?

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.

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. 

How Can Rochester Law Center Help Me?

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

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.

Our Estate Planning Attorneys Can Help You 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.

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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.

If you are looking for the best Estate Planning solution to protect your loved ones, we can help you. Contact us today at (248) 613-0007 for a free consultation with an experienced Estate Planning Attorney. 

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The Future Can Be Difficult For Your Family Without A Plan...
Most people fail to plan, unaware of the devastating effects it will have on their loved ones...

We once had a client whose daughter had died without a Will or Trust. The daughter had 2 young children from a first marriage. When she remarried, she added her new husband to her house and bank account. Sadly, she was in a car accident which unexpectedly took her life.

Because of her failure to properly plan, the second husband received nearly everything. Her 2 young children were entirely disinherited – they did not receive a penny.
 
Worst of all, her parents had to fight in court for years trying to obtain Guardianship of the children. It was a completely avoidable tragedy.
When you do plan, you have to make sure it's done right...
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We had another client whose brother had downloaded a pre-fab “form” Will off of the internet. Unfortunately, the “Will” had not been reviewed by an attorney and wasn’t considered legally valid. The client had to spend 3 and a half years (and tens of thousands of dollars) fighting off legal challenges and trying to prove his brother’s intentions to the court. 

As part of the probate process we were forced to declare his assets to the court. When creditors and estranged relatives saw the size of the estate, they began filing claims. 

Even worse, the brother had never updated his life insurance. His ex-wife (whom he had not spoken to in years) received a multi-million dollar pay day. What was left of the estate was gobbled up by filing costs, legal bills, and “inventory fees” (a fancy word for taxes). Almost nothing was left for the man’s beneficiaries – a sadly common scenario. 

Just getting assets to your children isn't enough...

We also handled a case where a father was in an accident with his two sons. The father was killed instantly. The youngest son suffered severe handicaps. Half of the father’s property went to the youngest son disqualifying him from desperately needed medical benefits. The remainder of the property went to the older son who was not ready for the responsibility and dropped out of school. 

The good news is, these scenarios are completely preventable with the right plan...

Estate Planning Document Comparison

Comprehensive Estate Plan

Last Will and Testament

Living
Trust

Living
Will

Financial Power of Attorney

Medical Power of Attorney

Decide who will receive your assets after you pass and appoint someone to carry out your wishes.

Transfer your assets to beneficiaries after your death.

Reduce death taxes, avoid probate fees, and preserve privacy for your family.

Name guardians for minor children.

Avoid probate court.

Make end of life decisions so your family does not have to - i.e. use of life support, hospice care, etc.

Name someone to handle your financial and legal affairs if you are incapacitated.

Name someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable.

Decide who will receive your assets after you pass and appoint someone to carry out your wishes.

Transfer your assets to beneficiaries after your death.

Reduce death taxes, avoid probate fees, and preserve privacy for your family.

Name guardians for minor children.

Avoid probate court.

Make end of life decisions so your family does not have to - i.e. use of life support, hospice care, etc.

Name someone to handle your financial and legal affairs if you are incapacitated.

Name someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable.

Decide who will receive your assets after you pass and appoint someone to carry out your wishes.

Transfer your assets to beneficiaries after your death.

Reduce death taxes, avoid probate fees, and preserve privacy for your family.

Name guardians for minor children.

Avoid probate court.

Make end of life decisions so your family does not have to - i.e. use of life support, hospice care, etc.

Name someone to handle your financial and legal affairs if you are incapacitated.

Name someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable.

Decide who will receive your assets after you pass and appoint someone to carry out your wishes.

Transfer your assets to beneficiaries after your death.

Reduce death taxes, avoid probate fees, and preserve privacy for your family.

Name guardians for minor children.

Avoid probate court.

Make end of life decisions so your family does not have to - i.e. use of life support, hospice care, etc.

Name someone to handle your financial and legal affairs if you are incapacitated.

Name someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable.

Decide who will receive your assets after you pass and appoint someone to carry out your wishes.

Transfer your assets to beneficiaries after your death.

Reduce death taxes, avoid probate fees, and preserve privacy for your family.

Name guardians for minor children.

Avoid probate court.

Make end of life decisions so your family does not have to - i.e. use of life support, hospice care, etc.

Name someone to handle your financial and legal affairs if you are incapacitated.

Name someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable.

Decide who will receive your assets after you pass and appoint someone to carry out your wishes.

Transfer your assets to beneficiaries after your death.

Reduce death taxes, avoid probate fees, and preserve privacy for your family.

Name guardians for minor children.

Avoid probate court.

Make end of life decisions so your family does not have to - i.e. use of life support, hospice care, etc.

Name someone to handle your financial and legal affairs if you are incapacitated.

Name someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable.

Still unsure which Estate Planning documents would be best for your unique situation? Contact us today at (248) 613-0007 for a free consultation with an experienced Estate Planning Attorney. 

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

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.

Customized Plans and Flexible Options Based On Your Needs

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

We understand that your family and your business 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.

Meet Attorney Chris Atallah - Founder and Managing Partner

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

Over the past decade, Chris Atallah has helped 1,000s of Michigan families and businesses secure their futures in all matters of Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, and Business Formation. 

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. 
 
We understand that your family and your business planning needs are unique and the volumes of information and documentation can be intimidating and overwhelming. 
 
That’s why we take a comfortable, personalized approach to ensure that all of your needs are taken care of properly – the first time.
 
Whether you are looking to make your business come to life or are planning for your family’s future – we will help you every step of the way, addressing all of your concerns to make sure you’re protected. 

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

We Never Know What May Happen Tomorrow... Prepare Your Estate Plan Today!

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 are ready to help you develop a 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 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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work with rochester law center to get your probate issues solved
Work With Us To Complete Your Estate Plan

Contact us today at (248) 613-0007 for a free consultation with an experienced Estate Planning Attorney. 

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