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Deceased Estates: Application for Informal Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative/Unsupervised Administration

Below are the forms that must be completed to start an estate proceeding informally in Oakland County Probate Court. These forms are insertable pdf documents that may be completed in Adobe or may be printed, then completed.


Applications result in unsupervised administration (case type suffix is “DE”).


For complete information on starting an estate, please refer to the following information:


Some of the following forms (primarily those with a form number beginning “PEMH”) reside on this web site and the file size is listed. Other forms (most documents having form numbers beginning with “PC”) are linked directly to the form on the State Court Administrative Office web site.  


Forms to start an estate informally may be hand-delivered or mailed. The staff will check that venue is appropriate; that all necessary forms are presented and completed correctly; and that the correct filing fee is enclosed. A copy of the death certificate indicating an Oakland County residence must be attached to the petition as well, with some exceptions.



Cash (except by mail), checks or money orders made out to “Oakland County Probate Court,”  and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover).  Service fees and limitations apply.

  • The filing fee to commence an estate is $150.
  • Letters of Authority cost $12 each.


If publication is required and the personal representative chooses to publish in the Legal News, a check made out to Oakland County Legal News for $80.25 must be included, unless other arrangements are made. 

Documents to Start an Estate Informally

Gross Estate Fee (also known as the "Inventory fee") pursuant to PA 596 of 2012

This is a graduated fee based on the gross value of all estate assets as of the date of death.  For each parcel of real estate, mortgage liens will be deducted up to the value of that parcel for purposes of calculating this fee if the decedent died on or after 3/28/2013.  It must be paid no later than the filing of the Petition for an Order of Complete Estate Settlement, the Sworn Statement one year after appointment, whichever is earlier.  The court must calculate the exact fee for you.

Cash (except by mail), checks or money orders only; made out to "Oakland County Probate Court." Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover). Service fees and limitations apply.

Before an estate may be closed, the procedures indicated inClosing a Decedent's Estate must be followed.

NOTICE: This is meant as a brief description of this topic and is not meant to be all-inclusive.  Consult the statutes and court rules or an attorney for additional information about the duties and responsibilities of a personal representative, including extensive service requirements.  Probate staff is prohibited from giving legal advice and providing specific guidance on administration

Mailing Address

Oakland County Probate Court
First Floor-East Wing
Oakland County Courthouse
1200 N. Telegraph Road
Pontiac, MI  48341-0457

Telephone 248-858-0260

Fax 248-452-2016

Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please arrive by 4:00 for same day processing. 

Maps & Directions to the Courthouse.