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NEW! - Register of Deeds Recording Fee Changes
  
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Effective OCTOBER 1, 2016 in the State of Michigan
Regardless of the number of pages, all documents will cost $30.00 to record, this cost is inclusive of Michigan Remonumentation and Register of Deeds Automation fees.
  
For a document that assigns or discharges more than 1 instrument $3.00 for each instrument assigned or discharged (in addition to the $30.00 flat fee).  To certify a recorded document $5.00; copies remain at $1.00 per page and search fees remain at 50 cents for each year searched with a minimum of $5.00 – excepting tract index searches.
  
If you have any questions, please contact the Register of Deeds office at 517-543-4203 or refer to MCL 600.2567. 

 

Treasurer and Clerk Open Delta Township Office

Delta Eaton County Flyer Cover2 Eaton County Clerk, Diana Bosworth and County Treasurer, Bob Robinson began offering service hours in the Delta Township Administration Building at 7710 W Saginaw Highway in Lansing on Friday, October 9.   Office hours for the residents of Delta Township and surrounding areas will continue by County Clerk Bosworth on the first and third Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Treasurer Robinson will offer hours alternating the second and fourth Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The satellite county office will be located in the lower level of the Delta Township Administration Building on W Saginaw Highway in Lansing.

For more information, go to www.eatoncounty.org or www.deltami.gov.

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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.”

For more information, go to http://www.eatoncounty.org/departments/county-treasurer 


 

New Legislation Extending Property Tax Exemptions to Qualified Disabled Veterans

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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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