Decedent's Estate

Filing Procedures -
Decedents Estate - Application
Checklist

  1. Gather the following documents:
    Death Certificate
    Will of decedent, if applicable ( the original will must be submitted via mail to the court within 14 days of submitting the electronic copy of the will)
  2. Fill out the following forms:
    i. PC558, Application for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate)
    ii. MC 97, Protected Personal Identifying Information
    iii. PC565, Testimony, Interested Persons
    iv. PC566, Supplemental Testimony, Interested Persons, Testate Estate (use only if decedent died with a will and named nonheirs as devisees)
    v. PC571, Acceptance of Appointment
    vi. MC 97a, Addendum to Protected Personal Identifying Information
    vii. PC557, Notice of Intent to Request Informal Appointment of Personal Representative (use if person seeking appointment does not have highest priority for appointment):
    • Person nominated in will
    • Surviving spouse if receiving assets under will
    • Other persons receiving assets under will
    • Surviving spouse
    • Other heirs of the decedent
    Important Note: You MUST use these forms; you cannot draft your own document.
  3. Click here to find out how you can file your application.
  4. Submit your documents to the Court in the following order (as one PDF if submitting electronically):
    i. MC 97, Protected Personal Identifying Information
    ii. PC558, Application for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate)
    - Note: Addresses of all interested persons must be listed on petition. If missing addresses for any interested persons with greater\equal priority to be appointed personal representative, you must arrange for publication. Click here for more information.
    iii. PC 557, Notice of Intent to Request Informal Appointment of Personal Representative (only if applicable)
    iv. PC565, Testimony, Interested Persons
    v. PC566, Supplemental Testimony, Interested Persons, Testate Estate (may not be required in every case)
    vi. PC571, Acceptance of Appointment
    vii. MC 97a, Addendum to Protected Personal Identifying Information
    viii.Death Certificate
    ix. Will of decedent (only if applicable) – if you are submitting a copy of the Will by email but you have the original Will in your possession, you MUST mail it to the court within 14 days of emailing your documents. Mail Will to:
    • Wayne County Probate Court
      Attn: Probate Counter
      1305 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
      Detroit, Mich. 48226

  5. Filing Fee

    i. $175 Filing Fee
    ii. $12 Certified Letter of Autority Fee
    iii. If you file electronically or by fax, you will receive a notification to pay with the amount of your total fees, once your filing has been accepted.
    iv. Fees can be paid:

    1) electronically via ePayment online or
    2) via mail by CHECK (no out-of-state checks)or MONEY ORDER
    3) Make checks payable to: “Wayne County Probate Court”
    4) Mail checks/money order along with a letter with your case # referencing what the payment is for to:

    Wayne County Probate Court
    1305 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
    2 Woodward Ave.
    Detroit, MI. 48226

    v. A fee waiver request can be submitted together with your petition. Click here to learn about the fee waiver process.
    NOTE: Once accepted for filing refunds will not be given.
  6. Letters of Authority

    i. Once your paperwork is processed and you have paid the $12 fee you will be sent Letters of Authority
    ii. They will be sent via email with an electronic certification
    iii. If you did not provide an email address they will be mailed to you

Rev. 12/21