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Probate Court

Probate Court fees

Information about fees for the Probate Court.

Fees

Effective March 1, 2016, a new electronic filing system fee is required to be collected by all courts, regardless of whether the cases are e-filed.  

The new electronic filing system fee is $25 for civil actions filed in a Circuit Court or Probate Court.  The new fees will be collected for five years to fund a comprehensive statewide e-filing system.  For further information, please review Public Act 236 of 1961, Chapter 19A, Electronic Access to Courts (MCL 600.1985 – MCL 600.1993). The electronic filing fee is included in the fees shown below. 

Probate Court fee and distribution schedule

Federal poverty guidelines

Principal Probate fees
 
Guardianship
$175
Conservatorship
$175
Protective order
$175
Decedent estate $175 + inventory fee
Trust supervision
$175
Civil action
$175
Electronic system filing fee $25
Subsequent petitions, motions or objections
$20
Accounts and amended accounts
$20
Claims
$20
Will filed for safekeeping
$25
Small estates
$25 + inventory fee
Certified copies of Letters of Authority
$12 for each copy
Inventory fee (based on gross estate)
$5 and up
Guardianship of an individual with a developmental disability
no fee
Petition for involuntary psychiatric treatment
no fee
Certified copies and/or Exemplification of multiple-page documents, other than Letters of Authority $12 for first page and
$1 for each additional page
Photocopies of Court Documents $1 per page

 

State of Michigan inventory fee calculator

Use the link above to use the State of Michigan Inventory Fee Calculator. See below for how the inventory fee is calculated:

Michigan Compiled Law 600.871 provides: "(1) In all decedents' estates in which proceedings are instituted for probate, the probate court shall charge and collect the following fees as an expense of administration on the value of all assets, as of the date of death of the decedent as follows:

(a) In an estate of value of less than $1,000, $5 plus 1% of the amount over $500

(b) In an estate of value of $1,000 or more, but less than $3,000, $25.

(c) In an estate of value of $3,000 or more but less than $10,000, $25 plus 5/8 of 1% of the amount over $3,000.

(d) In an estate of value of $10,000 or more but less than $25,000, $68.75 plus 1/2 of 1% of the amount over $10,000.

(e) In an estate of value of $25,000 but less than $50,000, $143.75 plus 3/8 of 1% of the amount over $25,000.

(f) In an estate of value of $50,000 but less than $100,000, $237.50 plus 1/4 of 1% of the amount over $50,000.

(g) In an estate of value of $100,000 to $500,000, $362.50 plus 1/8 of 1% of the amount over $100,000.

(h) For each additional $100,000 value, or larger fraction thereof, over $500,000, $62.50.

(i) For each additional $100,000 value, or larger fraction thereof, over $1 million, $31.25.

 

(2) The fees in subsection (1), rounded to the whole dollar, shall be due and payable to the probate court before the filing of the final account or within 1 year after the commencement of probate proceedings, whichever occurs first.  A final accounting shall not be accepted by the probate court until the fees are paid in full and shown as part of the final accounting.  An official receipt shall be issued to the payer when the fees are collected."

 

History: Add. 1978, Act 543, Eff. July 1, 1979; - Am. 2005, Act 326, Imd. Eff. Dec. 27, 2005.