Kregelka Law Firm, PLLC 
Attorneys, Counselors and Strategic Planners 
Serving mid-Michigan since 2002

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Wills, Trusts, Probate

Inquiries regarding the firm’s Probate and Estate Planning practice can be directed to attorney GarrDon't Leave Your Life's Work To Chance! 

At Kregelka Law we won't sell you anything that you don't need.  We won't set you up with a fancy trust if you don't need it.  But we will review your entire financial and family situation as an individual and see to it that your final intentions are carried out. We can help you do what you want to do, and for a reasonable fee.  We treat you like a member of the family. 

Contact Attorney Garry Kregelka at the Kregelka Law Firm. 

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Garry Kregelka has received specialized training in this area and he has earned a Certificate of Completion  from the Probate and Estate Planning Program, co-sponsored by the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). 

Attorney Garry Kregelka (standing in back) with his Attorney Garry Kregelka (standing in back) with his father Henry (now deceased), mother Inez, brother Roy,
and sisters Janet (left) and Carolyn. 
The attorneys at The Kregelka Law Firm, PLLC, are experienced in assisting people with end-of-life planning and with closing their estates after they pass away.  Our goal is to make sure that your own individual wishes are carried out and not what someone else thinks should be done.

Nothing is more personal that one’s own death, and we believe that people have a right to make their own decisions, to die with dignity, and to have their wishes respected. This includes who inherits your property when you die, and who makes your medical decisions if you are no longer able to do so. Proper planning can prevent a great deal of uncertainty, conflict, expense, and emotional distress. And that’s where we can help. We our honored to be able to provide this service.

Estate plans necessarily vary according to each individual's particular situation. That it why it is important to talk with a knowledgeable attorney, rather than resort to do-it-yourself kits from the bookstore or the internet. You should also be wary of people, including attorneys, who use a "cookie-cutter" approach or who try to sell you a trust when you don’t need one.

A typical estate plan would begin with a will, perhaps a trust, a durable power of attorney for health care including an advance directive (living will) and a durable power of attorney for managing one’s financial affairs in lieu of a conservatorship.          We can also offer advice on avoiding costly legal processes and tax liability in the event of disability or death. Among the most common legal pitfalls are living probate, death probate, estate taxes and death taxes. These financially and emotionally draining legal processes and costs can be avoided by creating a comprehensive wealth management plan.

Contrary to what many people think, not everyone needs a trust. But, for some people, a trust can be one of the best estate planning tools. Trusts can eliminate probate court involvement both before and after death, reduce or eliminate federal estate taxes, allow the selection of a trustee, and restrict how the estate is managed even after death. In some situations, living trusts far outweigh the protection of traditional wills because they also provide wealth management provisions in the event of mental or physical incapacitation. On the other hand, far to often, people are sold trusts unnecessarily, resulting in additional expense and sometimes restricting a surviving spouse’s use of assets and property that he or she spent a lifetime acquiring.

Estate planning is a complex undertaking and to do it properly requires a patient, knowledgeable attorney with a complete knowledge of your individual situation and your personal wishes. Nothing is sadder than to see people burdened with a mountain of legal documents that they don’t understand and that don’t serve them well. An estate plan should provide comfort and order, not create unintended problems.  WE TAKE THE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT!  

Consider a Pet Trust:  If you love your pets like we do, you might want to consider providing for them in your estate plan.  You can put money in a trust and then select a trestee and a caretaker for your animal.  The trustee's duty is to make sure that your pets are placed in acceptable homes and the funds are used solely to pay for their care.  Any money remaining in the account after the last animal passes away can then go to a friend, relative, or to a charity.  At the Kregelka Law Firm we are well versed in the protection of pets and can provide peace of mind for you and a good, long life for your best friends. 

Probate:  Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of life's most painful tragedies. The additional burden of dealing with courts and creditors, trying to manage your loved one's estate can also be frustrating, time consuming, and emotionally challenging.

At Kregelka Law we can make sure that your final wishes are followed, and that all that you have worked for goes where you want it to, providing your family the peace of mind that the decisions you made are being carried out.

We help our clients go through the process of probating the estate, paying creditors, paying any applicable taxes or fees, and distributing proceeds to heirs. Most importantly, we realize that this is often a difficult time for our clients and we do all that we can to ease their burden. We treat you and your family as we would want our own family members to be treated.


Inquiries regarding The Kregelka Law Firm's
Probate and Estate Planning practice can be directed to
Attorney Garry J. Kregelka 

Garry's phone number is:

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