Decedents Estates

Closing Procedures -
Decedents Estate
Checklist

UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION (DE case type)
An estate in unsupervised administration can be closed by filing a “Sworn Statement to Close Unsupervised Administration” (or a “Petition for Complete Estate Settlement” (PC 593).

SUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION (DA case type)
An estate in supervised administration must be closed by filing a “Petition and Order for Complete Estate Settlement” (PC 593).

Note: An Inventory (PC577) and Final Account of Fiduciary (Short or Long Form, PC583 or PC584) must be filed for all estates in supervised administration (DA case type) as part of the closing process.

Sworn Statement to Close Unsupervised Administration

  1. Fill out the follwing form:
    PC 591, Sworn Statement to Close Unsupervised Administration
    Important Note #1: This form MUST be notarized.
    Important Note #2: You MUST use these forms; you cannot draft your own document.


  2. Make sure all of the following is true:
    i. It has been at least 5 months since the personal representative was appointed.
    ii. Notice to creditors was published and the time for presentation of creditors’ claims has expired.
    iii. The full inventory fee has been paid.
    iv. An accounting in writing has been given to all the persons receiving estate assets and all creditors whose claims were not paid and are not barred. The account must clearly state the amount paid out of the estate in fiduciary fees, attorney fees and other professional fees.
    v. A copy of the sworn statement has been given to all the persons receiving estate assets and all creditors whose claims were not paid and are not barred.

    Note: The accounting does not have to be filed with the court, and no particular form is required. However, a personal representative can use the Account of Fiduciary, Short Form PC583 or Account of Fiduciary, Long Form PC584.
  3. Click here to find out how you can file your sworn statement

  4. Submit your completed document to the Court (as one PDF if submitting electronically)

  5. There is NO Filing fee.


Certificate of Completion (Note Required)

  1. If no objections are filed within 28 days of submission of the Sworn Statement to the Court, you may submit a Certificate of Completion PC 592 to the Court for processing, but is not necessary to close the estate. Email the Certification of Completion to probateservice@wcpc.us

    Note: The estate will be listed as “open” on the court’s case management system for one year after filing the Sworn Statement. The PR’s appointment can be “revived” during this time period by filing a Notice of Continued Administration. A new Sworn Statement to Close would then be required to close the case again.

Petition for Complete Estate Settlement

  1. Fill out the following forms:
    PC 593, Petition for Complete Estate Settlement
    PC 596, Schedule of Distribution and Payment of Claims

    Note: An Inventory PC577 and Final Account of Fiduciary (Short or Long Form, PC583 or PC584) must be filed for all estates in supervised administration (DA case type) as part of the closing process.
    Important Note #1: You MUST use these forms; you cannot draft your own document.
    Important Note #2: This petition cannot be filed until after the estate’s claims period has passed.


  2. Click here to find out how you can file your petition.

  3. Submit your documents to the Court in the following order (as one PDF if submitting electronically):
    PC 593, Petition for Complete Estate Settlement
    PC 596, Schedule of Distribution and Payment of Claims
    Note: Addresses of all interested persons must be listed on petition.

  4. Filing Fee
    i. $20 Filing Fee
    ii. 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.
    iii. 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

    Note: Once accepted for filing refunds will not be given.
  5. Hearing Date
    i. Once fee is paid you will be sent notice of hearing information, including ZOOM instructions.
    ii. You must serve a copy of the petition and the hearing information on all the interested persons.
    iii. All hearings are being conducted by ZOOM.
    iv.You must attend the ZOOM hearing or your petition will be dismissed.

  6. Order for Complete Estate Settlement
    i. After the hearing, if your petition has been granted, you may request a certified copy or copy of the Order of Complete Estate Settlement for a fee.
    ii. Click here to order a copy.

  7. Order of Discharge (Not Required)
    If you also want an Order of Discharge PC 597, the following additional forms (and Proof of Service PC 564 that they were given to all interested persons) must also be filed:
    i. PC 577, Inventory
    ii. PC 583, Account of Fiduciary, Short Form or PC 584, Account of Fiduciary, Long Form
    iii. PC 573, Notice of Appointment and Duties of Personal Representative
    iv. PC 576, Notice Regarding Attorney Fees (if applicable)
    v. PC 581, Notice to Spouse of Rights of Election and Allowances, Proof of Service, and Election (if applicable)

    After either a court hearing with proper notice to all interested persons or upon filing Waiver and Consents PC 561 from all interested persons, the probate court may enter an order determining the persons entitled to distribution of the estate under the will, and\or approving settlement, directing or approving estate distribution, and discharging the personal representative.

    After the personal representative pays the claims and makes the distributions as listed on the Schedule of Distribution and Payment of Claims PC 596, the court will issue an Order of Discharge PC 597 and close the estate if it is satisfied that the administration is complete.

Rev. 2\22