Deceased Estates: Small Estate
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Deceased Estates: Small Estate

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

For complete information regarding small estates, please refer to the following brochure:
Some of these forms (primarily those with a form number beginning PEMH)  reside on the Oakland County Probate Court's web site and the file size will be 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.

When the required forms are completed, bring or mail them to:
     Oakland County Probate Court
     First Floor-East Wing
     Oakland County Courthouse
     1200 N. Telegraph Road
     Pontiac, MI  48341-0457

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

Forms to start a small estate may be mailed to the above address provided they contain all signatures and include the appropriate filing fee(s).  There must be a separate file and fee for each individual.

The filing fee to start a small estate is $25.00 plus a Gross Estate Fee (also known as an Inventory Fee) based upon the Inventory Value of the assets before funeral expenses. 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. Subtract any applicable mortgage liens before adding up the value of all assets to determine the Inventory Value. Insert that Inventory Value in our Inventory Fee Calculator to determine the fee. The court will calculate the exact fee for you. In the event of a variance the fee calculated by the court shall override the online Inventory Fee Calculator. There will also be a $12.00 fee for each certified copy of the Order requested.