A personal representative is working with a very small estate. There’s very few assets within the estate. Since there’s very little within the estate, the personal representative will likely want to close this open estate without a hearing. How can this be accomplished? The State of Michigan has a form that’s known as the Sworn Closing Statement for Small Estates form, which can accomplish this exact situation.

The Sworn Closing Statement for Small Estates is a State Court Administrative Office form. If you need this form or any other probate forms, please reach out to us. We will gladly provide you with all the necessary probate court documents.

Most of these State Court Administrative Office forms are associated with Michigan Court Rules and statutes. The Sworn Closing Statement for Small Estates form is no different. The Sworn Closing Statement for Small Estates is associated with MCL 700.3205, which states:

A person who wants notice of any order or filing pertaining to a decedent’s estate in which the person has a financial or property interest may file a demand for notice with the court at any time after the decedent’s death stating the decedent’s name, the nature of the person’s interest in the estate, and the address of the person or the person’s attorney. If a proceeding is not pending at the time a demand is filed under this section, the person filing the demand must pay the fee required to commence a proceeding. The person filing a demand shall mail a copy of the demand to the decedent’s attorney, if known, to the personal representative if one has been appointed, and to the personal representative’s attorney. After filing the demand, the person is an interested person entitled to notice as provided in section 1401 and the other provisions of this act.

In addition to this statute, the Sworn Closing Statement for Small Estates is pursuant to MCL 700.3988 and MCR 5.311(A).To help you understand this form better, Darren Findling of The Probate Pro covers everything you’ll need to know in this video.


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