The Law Offices of Stuart J. Snider

The Law Offices of Stuart J. Snider

I've been in practice for 39 years for Michigan Probate and Real Estate. And I try to manage my clients' cases so that the client is never waiting for me.

Firm Overview

After working for a downtown firm for over 30 years, I decided, nine years ago, to go out on my own. It has been a good decision. I handle estate planning, probate, and real estate matters and am familiar with the Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb County courts. I try to respond to emails and phone calls within the hour and believe that a client needs to know what's going on with his or her matter at all times.
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Main Office
Main Office
17211 W. 12 Mile
Southfield  MI  48076
Phone
  • (248) 443-9700
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Depending on the nature of the matter, I often will agree to a fixed, up-front determined fee so that the client will know what the cost will be before the work starts.
Hourly Rates
$250/hour
Probate
Probate is the process of transferring ownership of a decedent's assets to his heirs or to the beneficiaries under his Will.
A decedent's assets (such as a house, car, stocks and bonds, bank accounts, and personal items)do not necessarily automatically transfer to their proper recipients. Unless the decedent has made other arrangements regarding the future ownership of those items (such as via the use of a trust), probate is the process, via the appointment of a Personal Representative (formerly called the executor), by which the desired transfer is achieved. Most probate matters are pretty straightforward and generally do not require a trip to the Court by the beneficiaries. But there are details that need to be attended to so that the necessary issues are dealt with. I would be pleased to discuss this process with you.
Estate Planning
Estate planning is arranging, during one's lifetime, for the administration and distribution of his assets whether at disability or at death.
A person works many years to accumulate what he has, whether it be a house, bank balances, jewelry, life insurance, a brokerage account, or an IRA. Because everybody dies, a mechanism should be in place so when that occurs, these assets pass to the person's preferred beneficiaries. Estate planning is the creation of the mechanism for that to occur. Documents in that regard may consist of a Will, a Trust, a Durable Power of Attorney, or a specially prepared Deed, among others. Because federal estate taxes are no longer affect most people (the 2015 per person exemption amount is $5,430,000!), simpler documents may be available to achieve your goals without the need for pages and pages of complicated tax rules. Because disability during lifetime also can occur, that possibility should be taken into account as well. To the charitably inclined, your estate plan can provide for your favorite organizations, either during your life or afterwards. It's certainly worth a discussion.

Stuart Snider

I worked for a firm in Downtown Detroit for 26 years before going out on my own. Besides Estate Planning and Probate, I handle real estate matters, nonprofit corporations, and do writing and editing for other attorneys.
License
  • Bar Number: P29043
    Michigan , 1978
Education
  • Columbia University, New York City
    BA , 1975
    cum laude
  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI
    JD , 1978

Stuart Snider

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