Monday, June 18, 2018
 
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT AND/OR CODICIL
Depositing your Original Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil with the Probate Court

         1.         Cass County residents may deposit their Last Will and Testament and/or
Codicil at the Cass County Probate Court. 

         2.         Your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil may be deposited by you or
someone under your direction.

      3.      Your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil should be placed into a sealed envelope with the following information on the outside: 
a.           Your name, address and last four digits of your social security number and your Michigan drivers license number.
b.           Date delivered.
c.           Your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil envelope will be stamped "filed," dated and initialed by the clerk.
 

         4.         There is a $25.00 filing fee to deposit the Last Will and Testament and/or
Codicil. 

        5.      You will be given receipts for the deposit of the will and filing fee.

 
Retrieval of a Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil
During your lifetime, you may retrieve your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil at anytime at no charge. However, there is a $25.00 filing fee each time your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil is re-deposited. 
      1.      In person:
To retrieve your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil, you must present your name, and personal identification, either your driver's license or state ID card.
      2.      By another person:
If you are unable to present yourself personally to the Court, you may request your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil, by completing the Authorization to Release Will held for Safekeeping (Form PC548). Your designee shall present the Authorization form to the Court; present personal identification, by either their driver's license or state ID card before your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil will be released.
 
      3.      By mail:
 
a.   You may request your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil, by completing the Authorization to Release Will Held for Safekeeping, (Form PC548) and mailing it to the Court.
b.   To receive your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil by mail you will have to include a check or money order payable to the Cass County Probate Court in the amount of $5.00. Your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil will then be mailed to you by certified mail, return receipt requested and addressee only.
 
Delivery of Original Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil upon death of the testator to the Probate Court
              1.      Regardless of where your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil is stored, upon death, your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil must be delivered to the Probate Court of your county of residence.
              2.      If your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil is not stored with the Court, the custodian or person having possession of the Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil must deliver it to the Probate Court with reasonable promptness upon your death. 
              3.      A person who neglects to promptly deliver your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil (without reasonable cause) is liable for damages. 
              4.      A person who willfully refuses or fails to deliver your Last Will and Testament and/or Codicil after ordered by the Court to do so is guilty of contempt of Court and subject to penalty for contempt (fine or jail). 
Links


Forms and Documents
 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize (Kb) 
Privacy Statement  |  Terms Of Use
Copyright 2016 Cass County Michigan
);