NOTICE: Pursuant to the recent amendment to MCR 5.302, as of January 1, 2024 when commencing a decedent estate and filing the death certificate or alternative documentation of the decedent's death, two copies must be submitted -- one unredacted, and the second redacted of all protected personal identifying information as required by MCR 1.109(D)(9) ("PPII"). Additionally, if a will that contains PPII is being filed when commencing a decedent estate, the filer must submit a copy of the will with all PPII redacted and the unredacted version.
Notice: WCPC has changed its policy relating to subsequent cases opened regarding the same individual or estate. The court will no longer use the same case number by adding a “B” or respective subsequent letter of the alphabet for cases later opened for the same individual/estate. Beginning July 17, 2023, each new subsequent case will receive its own distinct case number and no new “B” case numbers will be issued.
Wayne County Probate Court is a Remotely Accessible Court
Hearings are conducted remotely via ZOOM. Please click here for information about attending hearings. The Wayne County Probate Court is physically accessible to the public via drop-box and for limited emergency in-person filings. Click on the ‘Filing’ tab above for information on how and where to file.
- The Wayne County Probate Court will only accept pleadings and documents for filing Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (the filing hours). Your email or fax must be received by the Court between these filing hours.
- Filings will NOT be accepted in the evenings, on weekends, or on Court holidays.
Processing of Filing
Please be aware that the filing system at Wayne County Probate Court is a manual electronic process, as this Court is not yet a true “e-filing court”. After your filing has been processed, you will receive notice to pay any requisite fees. To make payment of fees and to check the status of your filing, see the Court’s website under Case Access; follow the instructions.
Hearing dates may not be scheduled and updated Letters may not be received for roughly one to three days after payment has been made.
Do not send emails asking for updates on your filing/hearing/requests until after three weeks have passed since the submission of your documents, as responding to the frequent inquiries slows our progress. Thank you for your patience.
Please continue to monitor our website for updates and other important information.
Judges of Probate
- Hon. Freddie G. Burton, Jr., Chief Judge
- Hon. David Braxton, Chief Judge Pro Tempore
- Hon. Judy A. Hartsfield
- Hon. Frank S. Szymanski
- Hon. Terrance A. Keith
- Hon. Lawrence J. Paolucci
- Hon. David A. Perkins
- Hon. Michael J. McClory
Vision & Mission
An innovative court where there is complete confidence that all probate matters will be resolved with fairness & integrity.
We are dedicated to handling all probate matters with C.A.R.E