Full Minor Guardianships

Filing Procedures -
Full Minor Guardianships
Checklist

  1. Gather the folowing documents:
  2. Birth certificate of minor (not required to file, but may help in completing forms)

  3. Fill out the following forms:
    1. PC 651, Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Minor
      Note: Addresses of all interested persons must be listed on petition. If missing addresses for any interested persons, after you receive the hearing information, you must arrange for publication. Click here for more information.
      IF A PARENT OF THE MINOR IS INCARCERATED UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, THEIR NAME, ADDRESS, AND PRISONER NUMBER MUST BE LISTED ON THE PETITION. TO OBTAIN THIS INFORMATION, CALL (517) 373-0284 OR CLICK HERE
    2. PC 617, Declaration of Intent to Give Notice by Publication. Complete a seperate form PC 617 for each person to be notified by publiation
    3. MC 505, Contact Information. This must be completed with the email and phone number of the petitioner and filed in order to schedule a hearing.
    4. MC 97, Protected Personal Identifying Information
    5. PC 670, Minor Guardianship Social History
    6. PC 571, Acceptance of Appointment (signed by proposed guardian)
    7. MC 97a, Addendum to Protected Personal Identifying Information
      Important Note: You MUST use these forms; you cannot draft your own document.

  4. Click here to find out how you can file your petition

  5. Submit your completed documents to the Court in the following order (as one PDF if submitting electronically):
    1. MC 97, Protected Personal Identifying Information
    2. MC 505, Contact Information
    3. PC 651, Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Minor
    4. PC 617, Declaration of Intent to Give Notice by Publication
    5. PC 670, Minor Guardianship Social History
    6. PC 571, Acceptance of Appointment
    7. MC 97a, Addendum to Protected Personal Identifying Information

  6. Filing Fee

    i. $175 Filing Fee
    ii. $12 Certified Letter of Autority Fee
    iii. If you file electronically or by fax, you will receive a notification to pay with the amount of your total fees, once your filing has been accepted.
    iv. Fees can be paid:

    1) electronically via ePayment online or
    2) via mail by CHECK (no out-of-state checks)or MONEY ORDER
    3) Make checks payable to: “Wayne County Probate Court”
    4) Mail checks/money order along with a letter with your case # referencing what the payment is for to:

    Wayne County Probate Court
    1305 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
    2 Woodward Ave.
    Detroit, MI. 48226

    v. A fee waiver request can be submitted together with your petition. Click here to learn about the fee waiver process.
    NOTE: Once accepted for filing refunds will not be given.
  7. Hearing Date

    i. Once fee is paid you will be sent notice of hearing information, including ZOOM instructions.
    ii. You must serve a copy of the petition and the hearing information on all the interested persons.
    iii. All hearings are being conducted by ZOOM.
    iv. You must attend the ZOOM hearing or your petition will be dismissed.

  8. Letters of Guardianship.

    i. After the hearing, if your petition has been granted and you have paid the $12 fee you will be sent Letters of Guardianship
    ii. They will be sent via email with an electronic certification
    iii.If you did not provide an email address they will be mailed to you

    A full guardian can be appointed for a minor under one of these situations:

    1. Parental rights of both parents or surviving parent have been terminated or suspended by prior court order, judgment of divorce or separate maintenance, death, adjudication of mental incompetency, disappearance, or imprisonment.
    2. Parent(s) have permitted the minor to reside with another person and have not provided the other person with legal authority for the minor’s care and maintenance and the minor is not residing with their parent(s) when the petition is filed.

 

Rev. 12/21