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A Probate Lawyer's View on Solving Legal Problems

To describe how I help people as succinctly as possible, I am a "problem-solver."  I try to solve my clients' legal problems, here in Michigan, in the most efficient way possible.  Usually, but not always, this involves disputed probate court proceedings, which I, as a lawyer, help guide people through in the best way I can.  These cases are not easy for anyone going through them, because of the strong emotions involved, and I am always sensitive to that.

Sometimes this means that I recommend an early settlement -- but only if the other side is reasonable and it is the most cost effective way to resolve the case.  I need to balance the emotional and financial cost of every decision for every case.

Other times -- especially for those clients that simply can't afford to lose -- these contested probate cases require me to be a bulldog attorney.  Every case is different, and my method of attack for each situation and each client varies, based on the circumstances and my clients' goals.

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What is a Probate Litigation Attorney?

Welcome to The Probate Lawyer Family Feud Blog.  I am Andrew W. Mayoras, an attorney in the Metro-Detroit area who has been specializing in probate litigation, an interesting and challenging field of law, for about 11 years.  I am a partner in Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras, P.C., in Troy (Oakland County), Michigan.  I head a division of the law firm called The Center for Probate Litigation.  I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995.

But what exactly is a "probate litigation" attorney you ask?  Good question!  "Probate Litigation" consists of legal disputes about issues related to aging, disability and death.  It involves court battles over those still alive, such as guardianships and conservatorships, as well as legal fights over powers of attorney, patient advocate designations, and living wills.  It also includes legal challenges when someone has passed on, including cases involving wills, trusts, estates, asset disputes, joint bank accounts, gifts, and anything else that families can fight about when a loved one dies. 

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