Probate Law

“Being unable to cure death, wretchedness, and ignorance men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.”

Blaise Pascal

Attorney Leo Garbuzov understands and wants to impress upon the reader the importance of planning for one’s death or illness. It is true that few people like to think about being ill or dying. In fact, in certain cultures funeral arrangements and property division of the decedent are considered “taboo” topics that are not to be discussed with family members while one is still alive. Unfortunately, if and when the unexpected happens, it is the individual’s family that has to deal not only with the grief of losing a loved one, but also with untangling the “mess” of bank accounts, investments, pensions, debts and liabilities.

Having an estate plan and having a complete set of estate planning documents is essential to help your family avoid unnecessary probate litigation, which could “tie up” their inheritance for months or even years. Additionally, good estate planning allows us to make important decisions about our lives (such as what kind of treatment you will receive in case of a medical emergency) as well as the lives of our children (such as who will manage your child’s assets for them in the event that you pass away). Having a good estate plan can also help to minimize the tax liabilities upon our loved ones after our passing, by strategically distributing assets so as to avoid inheritance taxes and other probate-related fees.

Leo Garbuzov is proud to assist clients in preparing comprehensive and practical estate plans and to prepare the following estate planning documents:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Durable Power of Attorney

When an individual dies intestate (without leaving a will), this can give rise to disputes and even lead to litigation in Probate Court. This kind of litigation can be very intense, highly adversarial and financially and emotionally draining. At this difficult time, it is very important to have a compassionate and knowledgeable lawyer by your side that understands the legal issues involved, and can help you to devise an objective and practical plan for resolving your matter.

Additionally, the Garbuzov Law Firm, PLLC is able to assist you with an array of other probate- related services. We can help you with setting up a Legal Guardianship for a Minor or an Adult Disabled Individual. We can also help you to set up a Conservatorship for managing the assets for said individual. Finally, we can also assist you with a variety of other probate matters and forms, such as preparing and filing annual reports, doing a substitution of a guardian, or filing petitions in Probate Court.

Whatever your probate-related needs may be, we are happy to assist you! We focus primarily in matters pending in the Oakland County Probate Court and Macomb County Probate Court, but are happy to also take cases in other counties in or near Southeastern Michigan. Attorney Leo Garbuzov will provide you with a free consultation over the phone or in person for up to 30 minutes. We are happy to answer your questions and help you to devise a thorough and sensible strategy for your probate case.

Please, call us at 248-246-0507, e-mail us at or submit your personal contact information through our Home page.

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