- Married with no children
- The surviving spouse gets the entire intestate estate if there is no living child or parent of the deceased.
- Married with child or children
- The spouse receives:
1) the first $150,000 plus one half of any intestate estate balance if at least one of the decedent’s surviving descendants is also a descendant of the surviving spouse
2) the first $150,000 plus three quarters of any balance of the intestate estate if no descendant of the deceased survives the decedent, but a parent of the decedent survives him or her
3) the first $100,000 plus one half of the estate balance if none of the surviving descendants are descendants of the surviving spouse
- Order of estate distribution if spouse survives
- 1) spouse
2) decedent’s descendants
3) decedent’s surviving parent(s)
4) descendant’s of the decedent’s parents
5) grandparents or descendants of grandparents – one half of the estate to the decedent’s paternal grandparents and the other half to the decedent’s maternal grandparents. If all are deceased, the estate passes to their descendants.
6) decedent’s other relatives.
- No spouse survives but there are other relatives
- The estate is distributed in the following order:
3) descendants of the decedent’s parents
4) grandparents or descendants of grandparents
- Single person/ widow or widower
- follows the same order as above – no spouse survives but there are other relatives
- No surviving relatives
- The estate passes to the state of Michigan.
- State link
- Special notes
- A relative of half blood inherits in the same manner as if he or she were of whole blood.