I would check around. If your sister is willing to add you to the title, it could cost well less than $500. I normally charge $200 for this, in Michigan. The problem is...you cannot force your sister to do this. She is free to let the house be foreclosed if she wishes. That is your biggest problem.
There are a number of different issues in your situation.
First, no attorney can tell you what your rights and obligations are under the terms of your contract without first examining your contract. There may be provisions which define the market (likely), set forth damages, and contain other important considerations.
Having said that, I would question whether or not you are dealing with the same customers in Bay City and Detroit. If you are, then it seems likely that the contract...
You absolutely need a probate litigation lawyer, and the sooner you see one, the better. Take all of the paperwork you have. I would also see if you can check online records and determine the title to the assets. One of the issues will be trying to "lock down" the assets until you can figure out who is supposed to get what.
You have a number of issues that need to be sorted out, including California's community property laws, whether or not the Will is valid, what assets are part of the...
Under Michigan law, as long as the vehicle is worth less than $60,000, probate is not necessary. You can complete a certificate at the Secretary of State and the vehicle would be re-titled in your name and your sister's. The girlfriend would have no interest in the vehicle, although you could certainly sell it to her, if you wish to.
No one on this site can really answer your question. You need to meet with an attorney face to face, review all of the facts and evidence that you have, and determine how best to proceed.
I hate to be blunt about this, but children do not "deserve" anything. You are not entitled to an inheritance. Under the circumstances, it sounds very plausible that your father may have intentionally excluded you. Since your dad "never helped you" and was "never there for you," I am not sure why you would...
The answer depends on the terms of the Will. If the Will provides directly for a distribution, this would be done by the personal representative of the estate. I think your best bet is to have your father review the documents with an attorney to determine how to proceed.
It is not necessary for a Will to be notarized in Michigan, whether it is a "pour-over" Will or not. A Will that *is* notarized, could be a "self-proving" Will, which provides a presumption that the document was properly executed. But notarization is not required for a Will to be valid.
A Trust needs to be notarized.
And yes, the Michigan Estates and Protected Individuals Code, (EPIC),and the Michigan Trust Code list the requirements for proper execution of Wills and Trusts in Michigan....
I would try to use the small estate affidavit and indicate that you are a creditor. This is also an instance where the dealer really should assist you, since they had you pay for it, under false pretenses.
You can find the small estate affidavit here: http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/courtforms/probate/gpindex.htm
(It is the top form).
You cannot avoid probate with a Will. The only time a Will is ever effective is when it is admitted to probate. If there are assets titled in a decedent's name at the time of death, probate will be necessary. If assets are jointly held, (which is generally not a good idea), have beneficiaries designated, (a much better idea), or are held by a trust (also a good idea), then probate will not be necessary.
Everything else being equal, avoiding probate makes a lot of sense, in most cases....