How do I find out if the Court has a will on file for someone?  

Wills not admitted in a probate estate:

The Court will check to see if a will has been filed for safekeeping when a death certificate is presented to the Court.  The death certificate and a written request may be faxed to (313) 967-4035, or mailed to:

Wayne County Probate Court
Attn:  Probate Register’s Office
1305 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue

Detroit , MI 48226

 

In certain circumstances, a will may be filed with the Court after the testator died and no estate has been opened.  To determine if this occurred, please check the Court’s on-line case access system.  Go to case access on the website (www.wcpc.us) and follow the instructions: enter the testator’s name and the Court’s computer system will automatically run this inquiry for you. 

 

If a will was filed by the testator prior to his/her death, the on-line computer search will not reveal this information.   

If a will was filed by the testator prior to his/her death, and an estate has been opened in a Court other than the Wayne County Probate Court, and you would like this will transferred to that Court for admission to the estate, please fax or mail a letter requesting this and a death certificate to the aforementioned contact.

 

Wills admitted in a probate estate:  

If a will was admitted in a probate estate with the Wayne County Probate Court, and you would like to obtain a copy of the will, please email info@wcpc.us to make arrangements. The fees are as follows:

 

  • Standard Copy                        $2.00 per page
  • Certified Copy                        $1.00  per page + $10.00 certification fee, per document  

  Rev. 4/14