Directions for Giving Notice of Hearing

 

As the person who filed a petition in Wayne County Probate Court, you must give Notice of the Hearing to all interested persons. 

What you will need:

  1. A copy of the petition that you filed (provided by the court).
  2. A Notice of Hearing form (form # PC562)
  3. A Proof of Service form (form # PC564)

3 Step Instructions:

  1. Check the copy of your petition to determine who the interested persons are.
  2. Send a completed Notice of Hearing along with a copy of the petition to each and every interested persons.
    1. If you give notice by personal delivery, you have to give it to the interested person at least 7 days before the hearing.
    2. If you give notice by mail, send it at least 14 days before the hearing.  You have to put it in a sealed envelope with paid first class postage and put it in the mailbox.
  3. File a completed Proof of Service and copy of a Notice of Hearing at the time of or before the hearing.  You may hand the completed forms to the clerk in the courtroom on the day of your hearing.

Note:  You may want to consult with your lawyer, if you have one.

Important Reminders:

  1. DO NOT disobey these directions.  If you donít follow these rules, the Court canít go forward with the hearing, and you may have to start all over again with a new petition and pay filing fees.
  1. DO NOT just leave the petition in the interested personís door, mailbox, etc., or give to a friend of the person who happens to be at the home.  You have to give it to the person.
  2. DO NOT just tell the person over the phone, leave a phone message, send a text message, send an e-mail, or write a note about the hearing.  You have to give them the Notice of Hearing form and a copy of the petition you filed.
  3. DO NOT fill out the Notice of Hearing and Proof of Service forms only halfway.  Make sure they are complete, or you canít have your hearing.
  4. DO NOT forget to sign and date the Notice of Hearing and Proof of Service forms.
  5. DO NOT be afraid to ask your lawyer, if you have one, for advice.

Governmental Agencies to be Notified in Probate Proceedings:

  1. The Michigan Attorney Generalís office must be given notice when the decedent is not survived by any known heirs (decedent estate) or the protected individual has no known presumptive heirs (conservatorship petitions). 
  2. For guardianship and conservatorship petitions, the Department of Veteranís Affairs office must be given notice if the individual to be protected is eligible or receiving VA benefits.
  3. For conservatorship petitions, the Social Security Administration must be given service if the individual to be protected is eligible or receiving social security benefits.

See the Miscellaneous Government Addresses for Notification in Probate Proceedings for the specific addresses.

Rev 2/17