Prepared by:  Milton L. Mack, Jr., Chief Judge of Probate, Wayne County Probate Court


Based on a 1979 chart for the RPC created by Douglas J. Rasmussen of Clark Hill, PLC
 
Where a Michigan decedent dies without a Will, the decedent’s real and personal property (other than joint property, insurance, etc.) after payment of debts, taxes, family allowance and exempt property, is distributed to the following, if living .  (F = not living; blank space = never take):

 


SPOUSE
 

CHILD(REN) OR
DESCENDANTS1[1]
 
Of                      Of both
Decedent           Decedent and
Only                  Surviving2[2]

PARENT(S)

BROTHER(S)
SISTER(S)
 
And Descendants
of Deceased
Brother(s)/Sister(s)1

GRANDPARENT(S)
OR DESCENDANTS1
 
 
 
  Maternal           Paternal

STATE
OF
MICHIGAN

  1)       All

F

F

F

 

 

 

 

  2)  1st $150,000
      + ¾ balance

F

F

¼ balance

 

 

 

 

  3)  1st $150,000
      + ½ balance

F

½ balance

 

 

 

 

 

4)      1st $100,000
+ ½ balance

½ balance

F

 

 

 

 

 

5)          F

All

 

 

 

 

 

6)          F

F

F

All

 

 

 

 

7)          F

F

F

F

All

 

 

 

8)          F

F

F

F

F

½

½

 

9)          F

F

F

F

F

All

F

 

10)      F

F

F

F

F

F

All

 

11)      F

F

F

F

F

F

F

All

EPIC Secs. 2102, 2103, 2105
 
 
Note:  Per EPIC Sec. 1210, these amounts are adjusted for inflation annually as follows:
 

DATE OF DEATH: 4/1/00-
12/31/00
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Surviving Spouse’s share  $150,000 $161,000 $165,000 $168,000 $172,000 $177,000 $183,000 $188,000 $194,000 $201,000 $201,000 $204,000
Surviving Spouse’s share – children of decedent only 100,000 107,000 110,000 112,000 115,000 118,000 122,000 126,000 129,000 134,000 134,000 136,000

                

  2012 2013   2014   2015
Surviving Spouse’s share $210,000 $215,000    $217,000  $221,000
Surviving Spouse’s share –children of decedent only 140,000 143,000 145,000 148,000

                       
  
Rev. 2/15
 
[1] Descendants take equally here if all are in same degree of kinship; if unequal, those of remote degree(s) take by right of representation. – i.e., per capita at each generation
2[2] Applies as long as one or more surviving descendants are descendants of both decedent and surviving spouse.