The claiming successor or his or her representative must make the affidavit and state
The estate does not include real property and the value of the entire estate, wherever
located, net of liens and encumbrances, does not exceed $15,000, adjusted as provided
in Section 1210.
Twenty-eight days have elapsed since the decedent’s death.
An application or petition for the appointment of a personal representative is not
pending or granted in any jurisdiction.
The claiming successor is entitled to payment or delivery of the property.
The name and address of each person entitled to a share of the property and each person’s
Mich. Comp. Laws, Section 700.1210 states that the $15,000 amount applies to decedents
who die before 1/1/2001, and that, for decedents who die after 12/31/2000, the $15,000
amount shall be multiplied by the cost-of-living adjustment factor for the calendar
year in which the decedent dies, and the resulting product rounded to the nearest
$1,000. The Michigan Department of Treasury publishes the cost-of-living adjustment
factor and the adjusted amount for each year, which is online at: Estates and Protected Individuals Code Cost-of-living Adjustments to Specific Dollar
Amounts. Also, the Michigan State Court Administrative Office has established a standardized
form for use as an affidavit that can be found online at:
Affidavit of Decedent’s Successor for Delivery of Certain Assets Owned by Decedent.