Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Michigan

Q: My grandmother recently passed away. She did not have a will. The bills are up to date. How do we transfer the deed?

Taxes are up to date and so are utilities. Do we have to go through probate to acquire the home or can we handle the paperwork filings ourselves?

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Trent Harris
Trent Harris
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Jackson, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: It sounds like you will need to open an informal estate so a personal representative can be appointed. The personal representative can then sign a deed transferring real estate to the heir(s) of the estate or to a buyer.

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David Soble
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David Soble
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Farmington Hills, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: If you grandmother owned her home and died without a will, and the deed is in her name, then you will have to go through the probate process in order to have title conveyed to the 'rightful heirs." Dying without a will is called dying "intestate" and that means that Michigan's laws on inheritance will apply under mandatory court supervision. I strongly suggest that you consult with a probate / real estate attorney before moving forward on your own. Please see www.provenresource.com for more information.

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