Treasurer and Clerk Open Delta Township Office

Eaton County Clerk, Diana Bosworth, Eaton County Treasurer, Bob Robinson, along with the Delta Township Board of Trustees and administration, cordially invite you to a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting of the new Clerk and Treasurer’s offices serving area residents in Delta Township.

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Where: Lower Level, Delta Township Administration Building, 7710 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917

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.

Please join us on November 13 at 3:30 p.m. for a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting, with short presentations from Delta Township Supervisor, Ken Fletcher, Eaton County Clerk, Diana Bosworth, and Eaton County Treasurer, Bob Robinson.

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Eaton County Parks 2016 -2020 Master Plan Draft

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 Eaton County Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy


Are you interested in learing about and getting a real life view of what it is like to be a Deputy Sheriff in Eaton County?

Sheriff Tom Reich cordially invites you to participate in a Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizen’s Police Academy is an informational overview for citizens to get a “behind the scenes look” and better understand the specific duties and functions of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.  

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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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Choosing the Way to Begin

Informal vs Formal Proceedings

The first decision which needs to be made when one is about to commence probate proceedings is whether to use informal proceedings or formal proceedings. Informal and formal proceedings are different ways of having a will admitted to probate and a personal representative appointed. Once a personal representative is appointed under either method, administration will proceed in an unsupervised manner. Additionally, you may chose to have the estate proceed by supervised administration by requesting supervised administration in a formal proceeding.

Informal proceedings are commenced by filing an Application for Informal Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate) (PC 558) with the court. This is a request that the probate register admit the will, if any, to probate and appoint a personal representative. If the application is granted, the register will sign a form called Register's Statement (PC 568) admitting a will and/or appointing a personal representative. Once this is accomplished and the personal representative qualifies by filing an Acceptance of Appointment and any required bond, the register will issue Letters of Authority for Personal Representative (PC 572). The personal representative will proceed with unsupervised administration until the estate is ready to be closed. A will informally admitted to probate may be challenged at any time in a formal testacy proceeding.

Formal proceedings are commenced by filing Petition for Probate and/or Appointiment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate)(PC 559) with the court. A hearing date is given and interested persons must be served with notice of hearing. After hearing, the probate judge will enter an order called Order of Formal Proceedings (PC 569). This order will admit any will, determine who the heirs of the deceased may be and appoint a personal representative. Once this is accomplished and the personal representative qualifies by filing an Acceptance of Appointment and any required bond, the personal representative will proceed with unsupervised administration until the estate is ready to be closed.

As part of the formal proceeding, the petitioner may request supervised administration. Supervised administration may be requested at any time during estate administration. Supervised administration should not be granted automatically upon request. In cases of no will or where a will is silent on whether the estate should or should not be supervised, necessity must be shown before supervised administration is granted. Supervised administration is granted as part of the entry of the Order of Formal Proceedings (PC 569). In all requests for supervised administration, the court must decide (1) whether the decedent left a will and its validity, (2) the personal representative's priority and qualifications to serve, and (3) the heirs of the decedent. If supervised administration is granted, the personal representative unless otherwise ordered by the court will proceed with the same powers as a personal representative who is not supervised with the notable exception that a supervised personal representative may not make any distributions without court order. The responsibilities of the personal representative are greater since they are required to file with the court and serve upon interested persons additional documents.

Informal and formal proceedings are two ways to accomplish the same things. By using either, you can have a will admitted to probate and a personal representative appointed. Informal proceedings are less complicated and generally take less time to complete. The results, however, can always be challenged in a formal proceeding. Thus, you do not have the finality gained by a court order obtained through formal proceedings. Formal proceedings require a court hearing. Notice of that hearing must be served upon interested persons. Formal proceedings are more complicated and generally take longer. They do give you a greater degree of finality for matters covered by the order. Supervised administration can be described as a series of formal proceedings from beginning to end.

Generally, if there is no dispute over the admission of the will and appointment of a personal representative I would begin with informal proceedings. If it is likely that the will may be contested at some point or the appointment of the personal representative contested, I would consider using formal proceedings. There would seem to be very little advantage for requesting supervised administration since you can obtain court orders when necessary by using formal proceedings for a particular issue.

An attorney should be consulted and retained to handle the probate proceedings. Estates are almost always complicated enough to justify such professional services. My experience as a judge has been that in most cases in which someone tried to probate an estate without legal assistance, it has been a disaster and the decision was regretted.

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