Skore Law Firm
39500 High Pointe Blvd.
Novi, MI 48375
PROBATE AND ESTATE PLANNING
PROBATE / ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
Probating an estate and estate aministration refers to the complete process of administering a deceased personís estate
in state court.
The estate administration process includes:
Filing any will with a local court. If thereís no will and the deceased person didnít transfer property by contract or
operation of law, such as through a life insurance policy or joint tenancy, the estate must still go through probate.
Having any will proved valid to the court (typically a routine process)
Appointing a personal representative (executor)
Identifying, inventorying and marshalling assets
Paying any debts and taxes
Distributing the probate estate property
Trust administration involves overseeing and managing assets held within a trust. Trust administration is largely
removed from any court oversight and is managed privately by a trustee.
A guardian is someone who is chosen -- either by a court or by being named in a legal document such as a will -- to make
decisions for someone (generally referred to as the "ward") who cannot make decisions for him or herself.
The types of decisions that a guardian might make include:
Giving consent to medical care or treatment.
Purchasing or arranging for purchase of such basic necessities as clothes, food, cars, household items, and other
When Guardians are Appointed
A guardianship requires that someone act on behalf of and protect the ward if he/she is incapable of acting for
A court appoints a guardian when a potential ward is incapacitated and cannot make decisions for him or herself
because of a mental or physical disability, disease, or addiction to alcohol or other drugs. When a minor has no adult
or other family member to make certain decisions on the minor's behalf until they reach the age of majority, a court
can be asked to appoint a guardian for the minor.
Same as Guardianship except the person chosen as a conservator manages the financial affairs and assets of
The Skore Law Firm also specializes in the preparation of:
Healthcare Power of Attorneys (Living Wills)
Durable Powers of Attorneys