Michigan Affidavit of Heirship

According to section 700.3982 of the Michigan Compiled Law, family members or other successors may file an affidavit of heirship to claim a decedent’s personal property in Michigan. This property includes finances like bank accounts and retirement accounts, as well as heirlooms and vehicles. There is a 28-day waiting period after a loved one’s passing before successors may file the affidavit, and the personal property may not exceed $21,000 as of 2013.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc).

Step 2 – Fill-in the following blanks respectively:

  • Identify all heirs of the estate
  • Your legal name and address
  • List your relationship with the decedent
  • Timeline of relationship
  • Name of any/all spouses including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all children including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all grandchildren including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all parents including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all brothers & sisters including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all nieces & nephews including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)

Step 3 – Obtain a notarized copy of the death certificate, and sign the document with a notary public.