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Recently, the Wayne County Probate Court website was enhanced. These features will be invaluable to anyone that accesses the Wayne County Probate Court website. The enhances site is clean and user friendly.

One of the great additions is a section specifically devoted to helping navigate specifically through Wayne County’s system. The site has a Probate Information section that provides step by step instructions for performing common tasks. The following is a link to some really helpful areas of the Wayne County Probate Court website.

The Wayne County Probate Court website has a table that sets forth the fees for filing documents in the court system.

Most useful, is the Inventory Fee Calculator that can be used to calculate the Inventory Fee prior to getting to court. Please note that the Inventory Fee Calculator only works in Microsoft Internet Explorer with the Wayne County Probate Court website listed as a “trusted site.”

We have come a long way from the days of typing our probate forms on carbon copy forms. Since most of the probate filings are done with the SCAO forms, it is invaluable to have a free database with all of the forms accessible and generally up to date.  The free probate court forms can be found here.

For those persons that need immediate access to the Wayne County Probate Court website docket, there has been some recent tweaks to the “Case Access” section provided by CourtView Justice Solutions (eAccess). The search is easy and fast and provides great information that would only otherwise be available by traveling to the Wayne County Probate Court and pulling the actual court file.

The site now has a new area called the Opinion Bank. Incredibly valuable for probate lawyers (or those representing themselves in need of probate cases), the Opinion Bank provides a research bank of cases related to probate and trust issues.

The Wayne County Probate Court website proudly states on its Home page that “The vision of the Wayne County Probate Court is to provide leadership for the continuous improvement of a justice system that is responsive to the diverse and changing needs of the public and accountable for the efficient and effective use of public resources.”  These enhancements to the Wayne County Probate Court website confirm its commitment to “a justice system that is responsive to the diverse and changing needs of the public.”

A job well done!