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Probate Litigation


Probate disputes are increasingly common in Michigan, affecting families of all sizes, types and income levels. Based on several decades of experience, the probate litigation team at Warner understands the unique laws and rules that apply to probate disputes in Michigan and the heavy influence family dynamics can have in resolving them.
We’ve investigated, researched and resolved hundreds of family disputes in probate court. When our clients prefer to preserve a strained family relationship, we seek solutions though the least adversarial process possible. Our attorneys have extensive experience in dispute resolution and have used that approach to resolve many conflicts. But when compromise isn’t possible, we will aggressively advocate in court.

Our probate litigation specialists have the knowledge, skill and experience to help successfully untangle your probate problem – whether it be a will or trust contest based on mental incapacity, appointing a guardian for a loved one with mental deficiencies or challenging a trustee’s investment decisions.
Answers to frequently asked questions

What is undue influence? (video)
Mental incapacity claims (video)
Fiduciary ABCs (video)
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Here are some examples of the types of cases we handle:

  • Will and trust contests
  • Power of Attorney disputes
  • Transfer of property disputes involving a mentally-deficient person or related to an estate or trust
  • Disputes over who should serve as personal representative of an estate or trustee
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims of all types
  • Cases involving the interpretation of an estate-planning document
  • Cases involving modifying or reforming an estate-planning document
  • Cases seeking the removal of a fiduciary for improper administration
  • Assisting fiduciaries in obtaining approval of an accounting
  • Assisting a beneficiary in challenging a fiduciary’s accounting
  • Assisting a beneficiary in obtaining more information from the personal representative of the estate or trustee
  • Assisting a personal representative of the estate or trustee in resolving issues with problematic beneficiaries
  • Cases involving improper investment decisions or inaction by the personal representative of the estate or trustee
  • Creditor claims against an estate or trust
  • Investigating family issues relating to wills, trusts, guardianships or conservatorships
  • Obtaining guardianship and/or conservatorship for a loved one who needs protection from themselves or others
  • Obtaining guardianship and/or conservatorship for a minor



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