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Rodney, Other/Just Looking in Caro, MI

How long does my mother have to settle my deceased grandma's house and property before it goes into probate?

Asked by Rodney, Caro, MI Fri Feb 22, 2008

My grandmother died about 2 1/2 years ago. My mother the administrator, because of her grief, has been dragging her feet on cleaning out the house and selling / taking care of the house and acreage. I need to know if there is a time limit in Michigan for the property to be settled? If there is, how long is it? Does it go into probate at that time? Any information on this subject would be most helpful. Thanks!!

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Rodney, I think the best thing you can do is hire yourself a good real estate attorney. This is kind of like calling the doctors office and saying your arm hurts and wants the doctor to diagnose you over the phone with out him looking at everything throughally and not taking x-rays. You really should have a professional look at your very specific situation. I hope this helps and best wishes to you!
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I am not an attorney. However, I have spent a fair amount of time with seniors so here are a few suggestions.
First of all, the real underlying issue is related to the grieving process and the aging process. Older people view selling their home, or their parent's home, as an act of great personal loss. To cope with that loss they often simply procrastinate, allowing the property to deteriorate and lose value.

Second, as people age their ability to make sound decisions. The will left by your grandmother is going to specify how she wanted her estate handled, and by whom. That is why a caring and knowledgable attorney is of great help. It is not necessarily the legal element, but the emotional element that needs to be discussed openly.

Probate is the process of disttibuting the assets of a deceased person. Unless the will stipulates a specific timeline you may be in for a long haul. So rather focusing on the timeline, discussions with a family therapist, a pastor or rabbi, or an probate attorney wold be my suggestion.

Best of luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2008
Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
Your question has a very complex answer since there are many variable involved in probating an estate. I have beening handling estates in the family law office for 17 years and the answers you are looking for all depend on the situation of the estate. Is there a Will involved? Was there joint title on the home? Has your Mother been appointed by the court as the Personal Representative of the estate? Are their other heirs involved besides your Mother? If you are an heir and you would like to push the matter along, you should hire an attorney.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2008
Speak to a Michigan probate attorney for your answer.
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