Kalamaoo County

DECEDENT'S ESTATES - UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION

Informal Proceedings ("Application")

Informal proceedings are commenced by filing an Application for Informal Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate) (Form PC558) and other related papers. The Application is for the Probate Register to admit the original will, if any, to probate and/or appoint a personal representative. If the Application is granted, the Register will sign a form called Register's Statement (Form PC568) admitting the will and/or appointing a personal representative. An appointed personal representative becomes qualified to act by filing an Acceptance of Appointment (Form PC571) and any required bond. The personal representative will proceed with unsupervised administration until the estate is closed (unless the judge orders that the estate becomes "supervised" following a petition requesting supervised administration).

Forms needed to open a file by "Application"

PC 558 PC 565PC 566*PC 557*
PC 564* PC 567* PC 568 PC 570
PC 571 PC 572 Death Certificate

Please include the $175.00 filing fee ($150 filing fee + $25.00 electronic filing system fee) plus $12.00 for each certified copy of Letters of Authority.

Formal Proceedings ("Petition")

Formal proceedings are commenced by filing a Petition for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate) (Form PC559) and other related papers. After either a court hearing with proper notice to all interested persons or upon full waiver and consent, the probate judge may enter an order called an Order of Formal Proceedings (Form PC569). This order may admit a will, determine the heirs of the deceased and appoint a personal representative. Once the order is entered, the personal representative qualifies to act by filing an Acceptance of Appointment (Form PC571) and any required bond. The personal representative will proceed with unsupervised administration until the estate is ready to be closed. A petition for a formal proceeding on any aspect of administration may be filed at any point. A judge then enters any applicable orders after either a court hearing with proper notice or upon filing of full waivers and consents.

Forms needed to open a file by "Petition"

PC 559 PC 565 PC 561* PC 564*
PC 566* PC 569 PC 470* PC 571
PC 572 PC 562* Death Certificate

Please include the $175.00 filing fee ($150 filing fee + $25.00 electronic filing system fee) plus $12.00 for each certified copy of Letters of Authority.

NOTE: The Kalamazoo County Probate Court is prohibited from giving legal advice on any of the above proceedings. You should always consult with an attorney if you have any questions about the administration of a decedent estate. MCL 700.1211

* These forms or additional forms may or may not be needed depending on the facts of the case.