Michigan Probate Form PC 559

Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate)

Everything you need to know about Michigan Form PC 559, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related MI probate forms.

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About Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate)

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.

Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate) 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:

Atticus Fast Facts About Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate)

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate):

  • This form pertains to the State of Michigan

  • The relevant probate statute or Michigan laws related to this form include: MCL 700.1309, MCL 700.3402, MCL 700.3502, MCR 5.302(A), MCR 5.308, MCR 5.310(B)

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 559 - Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate) up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form PC 559

Step 1 - Download the correct Michigan form based on the name and ID if applicable

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.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form PC 559, 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 559 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).

Step 3 - Have Form PC 559 witnessed or notarized (if required)

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.

Step 4 - Submit Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate) to the relevant office

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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When Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate) is due

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.

5 reasons you should submit PC 559 as quickly as possible:

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 559, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form PC 559 Online

Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate) 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 559 - Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate) 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.

Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate) 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.

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Did you know?

  • Form PC 559 - Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate) 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate)

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

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!

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

The Exact Text on Form PC 559

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Michigan Form PC 559 - Petition For Probate And/or Appointment Of Personal Representative (Testate/intestate). You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

STATE OF MICHIGAN PROBATE COURT COUNTY PETITION FOR PROBATE AND/OR APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE TESTATE INTESTATE CASE NO. and JUDGE Court address Court telephone no. In the matter of First, middle, and last name JIS Code: PFA Petitioner’s name, address and telephone no.Petitioner’s attorney, bar no., address, and telephone no. Approved, SCAO Form PC 559, Rev. 5/21 MCL 700.1309, MCL 700.3402, MCL 700.3502, MCL 700.3502(A), MCR 5.308, MCR 5.310(B) Page 1 of 3 1. I, Name of petitioner , am interested in the estate and make this petition as Relationship to decedent, i.e., heir, devisee, child, spouse, creditor, beneficiary, etc. as defined by MCL 700.1105(c). 2. Decedent information: Date of death Time (if known) Date of birth Last four digits of SSN Domicile (at date of death): City/Township/Village County State Estimated value of estate assets: Real estate: $ Personal estate: $ 3. A death certificate has been issued, and a copy accompanies this petition as a separate document. No death certificate is available. Attached is alternative documentation of the decedent’s death. 4. As far as I know or could ascertain with reasonable diligence, the names and addresses of the heirs and devisees of the decedent and other interested persons, the relationship to the decedent, and the ages of any who are minors are: (Required testimony forms are attached.) NAMEADDRESS RELATIONSHIP (Heir/Devisee) AGE (if minor)* Street address CityStateZip Street address CityStateZip Street address CityStateZip Street address CityStateZip *If person is a minor, provide the date of birth on form MC 97a and put the Ref. No. from that form in the box above with the age. XXX-XX- Put DOB in Ref. No. row 1 on MC 97. Put last 4 digits of SSN in Ref. No. row 2 on MC 97. Petition for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (5/21) Page 2 of 3 Case No. 4. (continued) Of the interested persons listed above, the following are under legal disability or otherwise represented and presently have or will require representation: NAMELEGAL DISABILITY REPRESENTED BY Name, address, and capacity 5. a. Venue is proper in this county because the decedent was domiciled in this county on the date of death. b. The decedent was not domiciled in Michigan, but venue is proper in this county because property of the decedent was located in this county at the date of death. 6. An application was previously filed and a personal representative was appointed informally. 7. A personal representative has been previously appointed in County, State and the appointment has not been terminated. The personal representative’s name and address are Name Address City State Zip 8. a. The decedent’s will, dated , with codicil(s) dated is/are offered for probate and is/are attached to this petition. already in the court’s possession. b. An authenticated copy of the will and codicil(s), if any, probated in County, State is/are offered for probate, and documents establishing its probate accompany this petition. c. Neither the original will nor an authenticated copy of a will probated in another jurisdiction accompanies the petition. The will is lost, destroyed, or otherwise unavailable, but its contents are (Attach additional sheets as necessary.) . 9. The decedent’s will was formally informally probated on in County. 10. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that the instrument(s) subject to this petition, if any, was/were validly executed and is/are the decedent’s last will. After exercising reasonable diligence, I am unaware of an instrument revoking the will or codicil(s). a. After exercising reasonable diligence, I am unaware of any unrevoked testamentary instrument relating to property located in this state as defined under MCL 700.1301. b. I am aware of an unrevoked testamentary instrument relating to property located in this state as defined under MCL 700.1301, but the instrument is not being probated because . The instrument is attached to this petition. is already in the court’s possession. 11. I nominate Name as personal representative, who is qualified and has the following priority for appointment: . His/her address is Address City State Zip . Petition for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (5/21) Page 3 of 3 Case No. 12. Other persons have prior or equal right to appointment. They are: Name Name Name Name 13. The will expressly requests that the personal representative serve with bond. 14. a. The decedent left a will that directs supervised administration. b. The decedent left a will that directs unsupervised administration, but supervised administration is necessary for the protection of persons interested in the estate because (Complete on line below.) c. The decedent died intestate or left a will that does note direct supervised administration, but supervised administration is necessary because (Complete on line below.) 15. A special personal representative is necessary because . I REQUEST: 16. An order determining heirs and that the decedent died intestate. testate and the document(s) stated in item 8 is/are valid and admitted to probate. 17. Formal appointment of the nominated personal representative with without bond. 18. Supervised administration. 19. Appointment of a special personal representative pending the appointment of the nominated personal representative. I declare under the penalties of perjury that this petition has been examined by me and that its contents are true to the best of my information, knowledge, and belief. Date Petitioner signature Date Attorney signature

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