You have recently been appointed the personal representative of a deceased estate in Michigan. Now, it is time to inform the interested parties. Before informing the interested parties though, you may want to know what you are doing. This blog will explain the Notice of Appointment and Duties of Personal Representative.

The Notice of Appointment and Duties of Personal Representative form can be found by visiting here . Some probate forms like this one reference the relevant statute(s) and court rule(s) that apply to the form. Take a look at the bottom right corner of this form. Reviewing the statutes and court rules can help you understand why each probate form is required.

For example, if we look at the statute (MCL 700.3705), we find what information the personal representative must serve on interested persons after his/her appointment. You will notice that the language in the statute closely matches the language on the Notice of Appointment and Duties of PR form linked above. The court rule, MCR 5.304, requires the notice described in MCL 700.3705 to be served on the interested persons within 14 days of appointment.

Both heirs and devisees are entitled to the notice of appointment. Heirs are determined by statute and are the beneficiaries of the estate when there is not a will. Devisees are beneficiaries listed in the decedent’s will.

 

These are instructions for you, the PR. Once you complete the notice of appointment form and mail it out to the interested persons, you have completed the first of many responsibilities as the personal representative.

Perhaps you have more questions on this form, or your role as personal representative. At The Probate Pro, all we do is probate. Call us today at (833) PROBATE if you have any more questions or are looking for a competent, experienced probate attorney to represent you.