Saint Petersburg, FL asked in Estate Planning for Michigan

Q: What the average time to open an estate in Michigan? We sent the retainer fee in March of 2019 and nothing was filed as

Of May of 2019. I reached out to the attorney to get updates. In fact, nothing was done until I called. I just received a detailed bill with all the calls and emails. It seems odd that my attorney waited so long. Almost as though she forgot about the case until I called. Is this typical?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: An attorney cannot open an estate without the necessary information, which must come from the client. If you provided all information when you paid the retainer, then I'm not sure what happened. Regardless, it's a question to ask the attorney. Ordinarily, an estate can be opened (e.g. obtaining Letters of Authority) within anywhere from one day to 3-4 weeks.

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