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NEW!  Eaton County Parks and Recreation Master Plan Draft 2016-2020Eaton County Parks Master Plan Draft 2016-2020

The Eaton County Parks 2016-2020 Master Plan Draft is available online.  To view the Master Plan Draft click here. A copy of the 2016-2020 master Plan Draft will also be available at the Eaton County Parks & Recreation Department Office located at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge and at the Eaton County Clerks Office located in the Eaton County Courthouse.  The draft will be available for public viewing from September 14, 2015 to October 13, 2015.

NEW!  Eaton County Register of Deeds Begins E-Recording of Property Documents



Eaton County Register of Deeds office has implemented e-recording of documents such as deeds, mortgages and releases.   E-recording enables faster, more cost-effective online recording.  For more information click here

Visit the Register of Deeds website for additional details and links to the e-recording service providers. 



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Now Pay Delinquent Real Property Taxes Online
Eaton County Treasurer, Bob Robinson, announced this month that Eaton County property owners have a new and convenient way to make delinquenttaxpayments.  The treasurer’s office has contracted with Official Payments, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions to offer delinquent tax payment processing over the Internet through credit card and debit card transaction.  Visa, Discover, and MasterCard debit and credit cards will be accepted. This new service offers taxpayers a fast and efficient way to pay online and reduces manual processing time in the treasurer’s office.

“Through a unique partnership with Official Payments and BS&A Software, taxpayers can get online, pay, and process their delinquent tax payments instantly, in real time,” said Robinson.  “This is part of our ongoing work to increase efficiency in the treasurer’s office.  It can also help folks avoid last minute additional fees and interest on their past due real property taxes.”

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Increase Tax Certification Fees Effective July 1


New legislation passed by the Michigan House and Senate, and signed by Governor Snyder on May 26, 2015,  Public Act 39, increases the fee for tax certifications on warranty deeds, land contracts, and condominium master deeds, and similar documents from $1 to $5.  The fee is collected on behalf of the County Treasurer by the Register of Deeds as part of the document recording process and goes into effect July 1, 2015.

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New Legislation Extending Property Tax Exemptions to Qualified Disabled Veterans

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 Solar Power Energy Generation Statistics

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Eaton Good Food Plan

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Court Order Distributing Small Estates

Section 3982 of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code provides a simplified procedure for distributing small estates if the balance of the gross estate after the payment of decedent's funeral and burial expense consists of property of $15,000 or less. The $15,000 is figured by adding all assets of the decedent less any liens against any asset. Ordinary debts of the decedent are not subtracted in making the calculation. Therefore, the $15,000 is a gross estate value. For example, an estate with a single assets consisting of real estate worth $30,000 with a mortgage of $16,000 would qualify while an estate with $15,500 of assets and bills of $2,000 owed by the decedent would not. The $15,000 amount will be adjusted annually for inflation beginning January 1, 2001.

Upon a showing of evidence, satisfactory to the court, of payment of the expenses for the decedent's funeral and burial, the court may order that the property be turned over to the surviving spouse or, if there is not a spouse, to the decedent's heirs.

Upon a showing of evidence, satisfactory to the court, that the decedent's funeral or burial expenses are unpaid or were paid by a person other than the estate, the court shall order that the property be first used to pay the unpaid funeral and burial expenses, or to reimburse the person that paid those expenses, and may order that the balance be turned over to the surviving spouse or, if there is not a spouse, to the decedent's heirs.

Other than a surviving spouse who qualifies for allowances under this act or minor children of the decedent, an heir who receives property through an order under this section is responsible, for 60 days from the date of the order, for any unsatisfied debt of the decedent up to the value of the property received through the order.

This procedure begins with the filing of a form titled Petition and Order for Assignment (PC 556). The filing fee is $25 plus inventory fees. A receipt showing the status of the funeral bill must be attached to the Petition. This whole procedure can usually be completed as soon as the papers are filed with the probate court.

MCL 700.3983 of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code contains a very similar provision that may be used to distribute estates of this size when no real property is involved. That provision is discussed in the prior probate note entitled Exceptions to Probate.

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If you're looking for assistance with a problem and you don't know where to turn, or simply want information on a particular human service issue, 2-1-1 is for you. Currently, 2-1-1 service is available in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Jackson counties through Central Michigan 211. 

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