The Michigan Compiled Law 700.3982 was updated in 2013 to raise the value of real estate that may avoid probate court to $21,000. Prior to that, it was $15,000. If a loved one owns property in Michigan and passes away without a last will and testament, then the family or other successors may file a small estate affidavit to avoid probate court, which can be time-consuming and expensive. This must be the total value of the estate after funeral expenses and taxes are taken into account.
How to Write
Step 2 – Enter the following into the form:
- Header – Enter Superior Court (See List)
- Name of Decedent
- Date of Birth
- Case Number
- Check the three (3) boxes depending on your situation
- Date and Sign
- Verification – On the last page you will be required to verify that everything you have stated is true and accurate
Step 3 – Obtain a notarized copy of the death certificate, and file the form with the proper clerk or courthouse.