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Debtor

A person or entity who owes money or property to an estate.

Decedent

An individual who is no longer living.

Decedent's estate

Another name for the probate matter that deals with a decedent's assets.

Deficiency, Notice of

The notice the probate court sends to inform certain fiduciaries of any deficiencies or  deliquencies in the handling of their mandated duties. It may include a notice to correct the deficiency within 28 days.

Delinquent

A term that generally refers to a fiduciary who has not completed a mandated duty or responsibility in a timely fashion.  See Area 203.

Department of Human Services

This is a department of the State of Michgian, not Oakland County.  DHS includes Adult Protective Services (APS) and Childrens Protective Services (CPS).  The DHS may be involved with guardianship and conservatorship cases.

Deputy Probate Register

Probate court staff who are authorized to perform certain duties of the Probate Register, i.e. signing a judges name on orders. See Probate Register.

Devise

To give or bestow personal and/or real property through a will.

Devisee

A person or entity who is entitled to receive personal and/or real property that was devised in a will.

Distributee

A person (other than a creditor or purchaser) who receives property from an estate through a personal representative.

Docket

The cases assigned to a particular judge.  On court call mornings, the judges' dockets are posted on the wall outside the probate area and outside the judges' courtrooms. If the case is highlighted in yellow, the parties may proceed directly to the courtroom.  If the case is NOT highlighted in yellow, the parties must appear at the probate counter to complete the file. See proof of service.

Durable Power of Attorney

See Power of Attorney.