Estate Planning & Administration

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Estate Planning and Administration Attorney

Effective estate planning ensures that your wishes can be carried out, even when you become unable to express your intent. With a clearly-prepared and well-developed estate plan, there is generally less animosity among family during the estate administration process.

At the Law Office of James D. Veldhuis, P.C., we have provided skilled estate planning service to offer our clients peace of mind for 35 years. To discuss your legal concerns related to estate planning or administration, please contact our offices today.

Skilled Estate Planning Services for Clients in Central Michigan

Attorney James Veldhuis works closely with clients to learn about their individual needs and concerns with regard to estate planning, and to develop overarching goals for their estate plans. Once we understand our clients' circumstances and motives, we are usually able to develop a plan that effectively implements those goals. We assist clients in effectively creating all types of estate planning documents and instruments, including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Revocable trusts
  • Healthcare directives

Ways to Eliminate the Need for Probate

After the loss of a loved one, probate court is the last place family members want to spend their time. Estate administration through the probate courts can be a costly and time consuming process, filled with layers of bureaucracy and seemingly endless paperwork. Avoiding probate can eliminate these headaches and is often an effective strategy for asset protection.

Through proper and thorough estate planning, you may be able to avoid the need for probate entirely. We can help you develop trusts, joint ownership and other estate planning instruments to minimize the burden probate court may place on your family.

Effective Estate Administration Services

When a loved one passes, Mr. Veldhuis gathers the assets, pays debts, resolves any claims against the estate, and distributes the remaining assets to the heirs. Our goal is to effectively and efficiently guide the family through this process so that the family can move on.

Unfortunately, estate administration is not always straightforward. When families fight over the validity of the will or the division of inheritance money, the process can be lengthened. We work hard to resolve will contests quickly so that the estate can be closed in a timely manner.

We are dedicated to guiding clients through difficult decisions and sensitive times. For a free initial telephone consultation, please contact our offices today.