Michigan residents may not like to think about the time when they will leave their loved ones permanently. Because of this, many people may not consider what would happen to their earthly possessions once they pass on. However, a person's death starts what can be a long and complicated process of distributing those assets to loved ones. Whether or not someone has a will or other estate planning documents in place, this process will still occur.
This process is often referred to as probate. Probate is the legal term for the legal process that is started following a Michigan resident's death. The exact probate process depends on a number of factors in each case. In particular, it depends on whether or not a person died with or without a will.