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Family Allowance

An income allowance for the support of the surviving spouse and/or qualifying children for the administration period.

Fees; Filing Fees

Fees charged by the Probate Court as established by Supreme Court Administrative Order 1995-2.  The most common fees are: Starting a decedent estate - $150; Filing for conservatorship - $150; Filing for guardianship - $150.00; Filing a petition or motion during the pendency of a matter - $20; Filing a civil action - $150, Filing a "small estate" - $25; Filing a claim - $20; Filing an annual account - $20.  See Probate Court Filing Fees  for more detailed description of fees.

FIA

An abbreviation for the "Family Independence Agency" formerly known as the DSS and now known as DHS (Department of Human Services).  This is a department of the State of Michigan, not Oakland County.  The DHS includes Adult Protective Services (APS) and Childrens Protective Services (CPS).  The DHS may be involved with guardianship and conservatorship cases.

Fiduciary

A person who undertakes the legal duty to act for the benefit of another.  Fiduciaries include, but are not limited to, personal representatives, guardians, conservators, or trustees.

Formal Proceedings

A method of opening a decedents estate with a Petition (PC 559) and a judicial determination after notice to interested persons.

Forms

Probate practice requires the use of forms, when an SCAO approved form exists (see Oakland County Probate Court Notice Regarding Use of SCAO forms). The SCAO approved probate forms are identified by a number following "PC" (i.e. PC 999) on the bottom left corner of the form, with the latest revision date in parenthesis, and "Approved SCAO" in the top left corner. This web site includes all forms that were created by the Oakland County Probate Court for specific situations not covered by the SCAO forms.