Butzel's Estate and Succession Planning team provides legal assistance to personal representatives, trustees, fiduciaries and beneficiaries during the administration of estate, trust, guardianship, and conservatorship proceedings.

Our team has extensive experience with will contests or disputes, fiduciary negligence, trust litigation, Internal Revenue Service controversies, guardianships/conservatorships/mental health proceedings and other probate and family law matters.

We assist clients with tax compliance when preparing fiduciary income tax returns, federal gift tax returns, federal estate tax returns, Michigan state tax returns, and estate and fiduciary tax audit matters.


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  • Actively involved in the administration of one of the largest estates in Michigan.
  • Handled the administration of several estates in excess of $100 million.
  • Created a private charitable foundation in excess of 20 million; actively involved in the administration of the foundation.
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