Decedent's Estate

Filing Procedures -
Decedents Estate - Petition
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. PC559, Petition 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
    Important Note: You MUST use these forms; you cannot draft your own document.
  3. Click here to find out how you can file your petition.
  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. PC559, Petition 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, after you receive the hearing information, you must arrange for publication. Click here for more information.
    iii. PC565, Testimony, Interested Persons
    iv. PC566, Supplemental Testimony, Interested Persons, Testate Estate (may not be required in every case)
    v. PC571, Acceptance of Appointment
    vi. MC 97a, Addendum to Protected Personal Identifying Information
    vii. Death Certificate
    viii. 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. 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.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Unsupervised Administration (DE case type)

Formal Proceedings (“Petition”) 

Formal proceedings are commenced by filing a “Petition for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate)” (PC 559) and other related papers. After proper notice to all interested persons and the court hearing the probate court may admit a will, determine the heirs of the deceased, and appoint a personal representative. Once the personal representative is appointed, they qualify to act by filing an Acceptance of Appointment (PC 571) and any required bond. The personal representative will proceed with unsupervised administration until the estate is ready to be closed

Supervised Administration (DA case type)

Supervised administration may be requested by checking the appropriate box on the “Petition for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate)” (PC 559). [Note: the Petition and other papers are the same as those used when filing an unsupervised estate using formal proceedings.] Supervised administration may also be requested at any time during unsupervised administration. If supervised administration is granted, the personal representative (unless otherwise ordered by the court), will proceed with the same powers as a personal representative who is not supervised except that in supervised administration a personal representative may not make any distributions to heirs or devisees without a prior court order.

* Rev 11/21