Everything you need to know about Michigan Form PC 661, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related MI probate forms.
There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.
Notice Of Right To Request Dismissal Of Guardian Or Modification Of Guardianship Order is a commonly used form within Michigan. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:
Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Notice Of Right To Request Dismissal Of Guardian Or Modification Of Guardianship Order:
This form pertains to the State of Michigan
The relevant probate statute or Michigan laws related to this form include: MCL 330.1634, MCL 330.1637
The official Michigan source for this form is here.
Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about Michigan’s Form PC 661 - Notice Of Right To Request Dismissal Of Guardian Or Modification Of Guardianship Order up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.
Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Michigan probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.
Fill out all relevant fields in Form PC 661, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in MI are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!
Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form PC 661 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).
Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.
This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.
It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.
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Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.
While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.
Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Michigan.
The sooner you begin, the faster Michigan can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.
Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?
In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.
Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.
It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Michigan. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.
If a house in the State of Michigan is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.
If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Michigan probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Michigan probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form PC 661, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.
Notice Of Right To Request Dismissal Of Guardian Or Modification Of Guardianship Order is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.
It may also be available through some Michigan probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Michigan.
While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form PC 661 - Notice Of Right To Request Dismissal Of Guardian Or Modification Of Guardianship Order f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Michigan probate court office.
Notice Of Right To Request Dismissal Of Guardian Or Modification Of Guardianship Order is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Michigan-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.
Form PC 661 - Notice Of Right To Request Dismissal Of Guardian Or Modification Of Guardianship Order is a probate form in Michigan.
Michigan has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Michigan.
During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.
Probate in Michigan, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.
What is probate, exactly?
Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).
All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate.
To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate.
Where can I get help with Probate?
The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice.
You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).
We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!
What does a MI executor or personal representative have to do?
An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone.
The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:
Creating an inventory of all probate assets.
Filling out all necessary forms
Paying off all estate debts and taxes
Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested
And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year.
For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding.
Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Michigan Form PC 661 - Notice Of Right To Request Dismissal Of Guardian Or Modification Of Guardianship Order. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.
PC 661 (9/07) NOTICE OF RIGHT TO REQUEST DISMISSAL OF GUARDIAN OR MODIFICATION OF GUARDIANSHIP ORDER In the matter of NOTICE OF RIGHT TO REQUEST DISMISSAL OF GUARDIAN OR MODIFICATION OF GUARDIANSHIP ORDER , an individual with a developmental disability MCL 330.1634, MCL 330.1637 Date Signature of server Do not write below this line - For court use only TO: 1. You, or any person helping you, may tell this court at any time that: a) you do not want a guardian any more, b) you want a different guardian, or c) you want the court to change what your guardian is allowed to do. 2. You, or any person helping you, may tell the court what you want in a letter, in a telephone call, or in any other way. 3. Your guardian may be discharged or have his or her duties modified when your capacity to perform the tasks necessary for care of yourself or the management of your estate have changed so as to warrant modification or discharge. You, your guardian, or any interested person on your behalf may petition the court for a discharge or modification order. 4. If you make a request to modify or terminate the guardianship, it may be communicated to the court by any means, including oral communication or informal letter. After receiving the communication, the court will appoint a suitable person to prepare and file with the court a petition reflecting the communication. 5. After receiving a petition, the court will conduct a hearing. At the hearing, you will have all the following rights. a. You have a right to be represented by an attorney. b. Unless an appearance has been entered on your behalf, the court, within 48 hours after receiving a petition, will appoint an attorney to represent you. c. You may demand that a jury decide any issue of fact. The jury will consist of six persons. d. You may present evidence and confront and cross-examine all witnesses. e. You have a right to have the hearing closed to the public if you or your attorney requests it. f. You must be present at all court proceedings. Your presence may be excused by the court only on a showing, supported by an affidavit signed by a physician or psychologist who has recently examined you, that your attendance would subject you to serious risk of physical or emotional harm. g. You have the right to have an independent evaluation at your own expense. If you cannot afford it, the evaluation will be paid for by the state. 6. After the hearing, the court will enter a written order stating the factual basis for its findings and may do any of the following: a. dismiss the petition, b. remove the guardian and end the guardianship, c. remove the guardian and appoint a successor guardian, d. modify the original guardianship order, or e. make any other order it considers appropriate and in your interests. PROOF OF SERVICE I certify that on this date a copy of this notice was personally served on and that I made a reasonable effort to verbally inform the individual of his/her right to request at a later date the dismissal or modification of his/her guardianship order. Name FILE NO. JIS CODE: NDPApproved, SCAO STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT - FAMILY DIVISION