do I find out if the Court has a will on file for someone?
admitted in a probate estate:
The Court will check to see if a will has been filed for safekeeping when a death certificate is presented (in PDF form, as an attachment, if it's being emailed) to the Court. The death certificate and a written request (please include your email address) may be faxed to (313) 967-4035, emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to:
Wayne County Probate Court
Attn: Probate Register’s Office
1305 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit , MI 48226
Once the court receives notification that the testator has died, by the submission of a death certificate, and it is determined that a Will has been filed for safekeeping, you will be able to view and/or print the will from our website.
Wills filed after death:
In certain circumstances, a will may be filed with the Court after the testator died and no estate has been opened. To determine if this occurred, please check the Court’s on-line case access system. Go to case access on the website (www.wcpc.us) and follow the instructions: enter the testator’s name and the Court’s computer system will automatically run this inquiry for you.
Wills filed for safekeeping:
If a will was filed by the testator prior to his/her death, the on-line computer search will not reveal this information as this is non-public information.
Wills to be transferred to another Court:
If a will was filed by the testator prior to his/her death, and an estate has been opened in a Court other than the Wayne County Probate Court, and you would like this will transferred to that Court for admission to the estate, please fax, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a letter requesting this and a death certificate to the aforementioned contact.
Wills admitted in a probate estate:
If a will was admitted in a probate estate with the Wayne County Probate Court, and you would like to obtain a copy of the will, please use the copy request process, found at WCPC - Copy Request to make arrangements. The fees are as follows:
- Standard Copy $2.00 per page
- Certified Copy $1.00 per page + $10.00 certification fee, per document