Small Estates

Supplemental Information
Petition for Assignment

Maximum Estate Value to use Small Estate Petition

The total value of the assets on the original and any amended petitions, after payment of funeral and burial expenses, may not exceed:

Date of Death in 2021 $24,000
Date of Death in 2020 $24,000
Date of Death in 2019 $23,000
Date of Death in 2018 $23,000
Date of Death in 2017 $22,000
Date of Death in 2016 $22,000
Date of Death in 2015 $22,000
Date of Death in 2014 $22,000
Date of Death in 2013 $21,000
Date of Death in 2012 $21,000
Date of Death in 2011 $20,000
Date of Death in 2010 $20,000
Date of Death in 2009 $20,000
Date of Death in 2008 $19,000
Date of Death in 2007 $19,000
Date of Death in 2006 $18,000
Date of Death in 2005 $18,000
Date of Death in 2004 $17,000
Date of Death in 2003 $17,000
Date of Death in 2002 $17,000
Date of Death in 2001 $16,000
Date of Death October 1, 1994 – December 31, 2000 $15,000
Date of Death December 13, 1984 – September 30, 1994 $5,000
Date of Death July 1, 1979 – December 12, 1984 $2,500
Date of Death October 1, 1972 – June 30, 1979 $1,500
Date of Death August 28, 1964 – September 30, 1972 $1,000
Date of Death September 3, 1949 – August 27, 1964 $500
Date of Death September 10, 1942 – September 2, 1949 $200

 

Secretary of State – Motor Vehicle Transfer Option

Note: If the only asset to probate is a motor vehicle (i.e. automobile, truck, motorcycle, boat, mobile home, etc.), the Secretary of State office may be able to transfer the asset directly to the entitled heirs without the need of an Order from the court. Visit the Wayne County Probate Court ’s website (www.wcpc.us) under Probate Information– Frequently Asked Questions – Motor Vehicles – Transfer of Decedent’s Title.”

Rev. 9/21