Unsupervised - Informal Probate
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Unsupervised - Informal Probate

Informal Probate is a method of administering an estate of a deceased individual without the intervention of the Probate Judge. The Probate Register handles all Informal Probate files. Since inventories and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, Informal Probate preserves privacy. Administration of this type of estate should be simpler, faster, and less expensive.
Estates must be administered by the Informal Personal Representative or an attorney representing the Personal Representative. The Court cannot give legal advice, therefore, employees cannot assist in administering the estate. Court employees can provide direction and forms which would be required to probate an estate.  It is the Personal Representative's responsibility to comply with their statutory duties in the management of the estate.

How to Start an Informal Probate Estate: 

Original Documents to be Filed:

If there is a Will or Codicil involved, the original must be filed with the Probate Court. If there are issues which require the Judge’s ruling or order, you may file a Petition for Supervised Administration after Previous Adjudication - PC560, along with a $20.00 filing fee to convert the estate to a Supervised Estate.

There are numerous documents which are required to be filed within the Court file in an Informal Estate. These documents are:

$175.00 filing fee payable to: Livingston Co. Probate Court

Notice re: Inventory Fees as of 3-28-2013

The Notice to Creditors - PC574 form must be completed and mailed to the local newspaper, along with the required publication fee. The Personal Representative shall publish notice in a local newspaper notifying creditors of the estate to present their claims within 4 months after the date of publication of the notice or be forever barred. The earliest an estate can be closed is 5 months from the date of commencement, provided the claims period of 4 months has elapsed.
Any Michigan estate or inheritance taxes shall be handled by the Personal Representative. The Livingston County Probate Court does not handle any aspect of this requirement.
There may be other documents which may be required to be done depending on the nature of the assets or matters which need to be administered in each individual estate. The Court has other estate forms which may be helpful in assisting the administration of the estate.