You’re ready to open a probate estate – the only problem is that you don’t know what to do. When a probate estate is ready to be opened, you will need to file a form that is known as the Notice of Intent for Informal Probate. By completing this form and filing it with the probate court, you will be able to open your estate.

Notice of Intent for Informal Probate is a SCAO (State Court Administrative Office) form, known as PC 557. The form for this can be found by clicking here. Most of these State Court Administrative Office forms are associated with the Michigan Court Rules and statutes. The Notice of Intent for Informal Probate form is no different.

The Notice of Intent for Informal Probate is associated with MCL 700.3310, which states:

The applicant shall give notice as described by section 1401 of the applicant’s intention to seek an appointment informally to each person having a prior or equal right to an appointment not waived in writing and filed with the court.

In addition, the Notice of Intent for Informal Probate is associated with MCR 5.309(C), which states:

(1) A person who desires to be appointed personal representative in informal proceedings must serve notice of intent to seek appointment and a copy of the application on each person having a prior or equal right to appointment who does not renounce this right in writing before the appointment is made.

(2) Service of notice of intent to seek appointment and a copy of the application must be made at least 14 days by mail or 7 days by personal service before appointment as personal representative. If the address of one or more of the persons having a prior or equal right to appointment is unknown and cannot be ascertained after diligent inquiry, notice of the intent to file the application must be published pursuant to MCR 5.106 at least 14 days prior to the appointment, but a copy of the application need not be published.

(3) Proof of service must be filed with the court along with the application for informal appointment as personal representative.

 

Filling out the form is easy once you watch the video below, where Darren Findling of The Probate Pro goes over how to fill in all the necessary information.

 

Like Darren, we’re ready to help you understand all things related to probate. So, if you have any probate related questions, don’t hesitate to give The Probate Pro a call today at (833) PROBATE. Our legal family is ready to help you.