You and and Family Are Valuable You and your family are more valuable to one another... more
You and and Family Are Valuable You and your family are more valuable to one another than can adequately be put into words, and that relationship is the foundation of all of the planning we do, whether it is primarily for personal or business purposes. Your assets are important, of course, but the relationships, values, and knowledge about those assets are more important than the assets thems... view profile
Since Grand Rapids Business Journal first began to keep records, I have helped more... more
Since Grand Rapids Business Journal first began to keep records, I have helped more West Michigan families avoid nursing home poverty and face the future with confidence, than any Big Time Law Firm lawyer. How is that possible? Big Time Law Firms have big downtown buildings with their names on them, dozens of high-powered lawyers in power suits, and they bill gazillions of hours every year. I'm... view profile
Attorney Tom Flickinger concentrates his practice in the areas of business... more
Attorney Tom Flickinger concentrates his practice in the areas of business transactions, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and real estate law. He has spoken on business and estate planning topics and has published articles on estate planning and taxation in the Michigan Business Law Journal, Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, and Trusts & Trustees. Tom has also ... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.