Muskegon, MI asked in Estate Planning for Michigan

Q: Who lists Deaths or estates in the local paper?

We hired a lawyer to represent us in the estate of my wife's deceased father. We thought everything was going well as we were filling out asset reports and such we were giving bank accounts to the lawyer and everything seemed normal after 6 months he asked us for our proof and right up for the paper. We hired a local lawyer to represent us as we live 2hours plus from the county he lived in. We assumed this was part of his job not ours at no point in time were we informed that we needed to list it in the paper we have handled other estates and it was always up to the lawyers that we hired to list it in the newspaper for collection companies. Is this normal that our lawyer did not take care of this at the beginning? Is the judge handling the case going to have a problem that now we have to wait another 5 months to close this estate?

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Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Fowlerville, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: USUALLY the lawyer handles that, but what did your retainer say about who was doing what?

There won't be a 'problem' since the estate doesn't need to be closed for 12 months, but it is important to be sure you know who will be doing what when you hire an attorney. You should be talking with your attorney or seeking a second opinion rather than posting here though -- we're just 'guessing' and that is NEVER a good way to proceed!

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