Estates under $22,000 -   all of the real and personal property owned by the decedent has a total value equal to or less than the sum of the following: (1) the funeral expenses; plus (2) $22,000.  Upon presentation of a petition and payment of the filing fee, the probate court may order that the funeral expenses be paid, if they have not been paid, or that the person who paid them be reimbursed.  The balance of the property will be assigned to the surviving spouse, or if none, to the decedent's heirs under Michigan's law of intestate succession.  No court hearing is held.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING A PETITION AND ORDER FOR ASSIGNMENT OF AN ESTATE UNDER $22,000

  • A funeral bill marked "Paid" which show the amount paid and who paid it.  If the funeral bill is not paid, you must have a copy of the bill showing the amount due;

  • A copy of the death certificate showing the residence at the time of death is Lapeer County;      
  • A completed petition (PC 556)  typed or printed legibly in blue ink;  

  • The completed petition (PC 556) must show the value of all assets as of the date of death; 

  • List all information about the assets that is available.  For bank accounts, show the name of the bank, the account number(s), and the balance at the time of death.  For stocks and bonds, show the name of the corporation, number of shares, price per share, and total value.

PLEASE 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 entitle heirs without the need of an Order of the court.