Does a will have to be filed in the State of Michigan if the deceased, who died in Michigan and had a valid will left an estate of under $200,000?
State/Country relating to question: Michigan
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Welcome. This site allows for a general response that will help you with your legal issue. If necessary, for specific advice contact a local attorney. This is an information request. Was the decedent domiciled in Michigan at the time of death. In other words, was the decedent permanently living in Michigan at the time of death?
Yes, the person resided in Michigan at the time of her death and died in Michigan.
Hi Ed: I am happy to help. If you need clarification, please hit reply and ask a follow up question prior to providing a rating. Your question is a good one. Many people have a similar question with regard to whether there is a need to probate a Will. It would be unnecessary to probate a Will if there are only personal belongings of low value that would pass by operation of law to a spouse for example or the property is considered exempt property. See MI Probate Code section 70.2401-2405. For example,Sec. 2404 states that
(1) The decedent's surviving spouse is also entitled to household furniture, automobiles, furnishings, appliances, and personal effects from the estate up to a value not to exceed $10,000.00 more than the amount of any security interests to which the property is subject. If there is no surviving spouse, the decedent's children are entitled jointly to the same value.
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