WASHTENAW COUNTY <br>TRIAL COURT

Probate Court
101 East Huron St. - Rm 314, PO Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645
(734) 222-3072
probate@ewashtenaw.org  

 

Minor Guardianship

Minor guardianships are used to provide legal authority for adults other than the parents of a minor to take care of them. 

The proper venue (place) to file a minor guardianship case is where the minor resides or is found, or in the case of an appointment by will, where the will is probated.  (“Juvenile” guardianships are governed by different rules and are supervised by the Family Division of the Circuit Court.)

Requests for emergency hearing must be submitted in writing along with any other necessary filings. 

A checklist of forms for petitioning for guardianship of a minor and fee information is listed below.  

Minor guardianships are full or limited.  Full guardians have most of the same authority and responsibilities for their ward as the custodial parent would. 

A limited guardianship may be created only upon petition by a custodial parent(s).  A limited guardianship is put in place to allow a parent to address barriers that prevent the child from living with him or her.   A Limited Guardianship Placement Plan (PC 652) must be completed and submitted to the Court for approval.

If guardianship is granted, the guardian(s) will be scheduled to guardianship training at the courthouse. 

GUARDIANSHIP TRAINING POWERPOINT

Every year that the guardianship continues, the guardian must file with the Probate Court the Annual Report on Condition of Minor (PC 654) which updates the Probate Court on the condition of the minor. This form must be filed each year on the anniversary date of the issuance of the Letters of Guardianship.

A minor may not be returned to his or her parent without prior court approval.  Guardianship continues until the Court terminates the guardianship by court order or until the minor turns 18, at which time it terminates automatically.  A checklist of forms for requesting modification or termination of minor guardianship is set forth below.

While letters of guardianship have expiration dates, if needed extended letters will be issued upon request of the guardian and payment of $12.00.  Expiration alone of the letters of guardianship does not end the guardianship.


Checklists for Full Guardianship of Minors

To petition for full guardianship of a minor the following must be filed. An index of all approved probate court forms is located at http://courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/Forms/Pages/Probate-Court-Index.aspx:

  •             PC 651 – Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor

  •             PC 562 – Notice of Hearing

  •             PC 670 – Social History for Minor Guardianships

  •             PC 564 – Proof of Service (this may be submitted up to the date of the hearing)

  •             PC 617 – Declaration of Intent to Give Notice by Publication, if applicable

  •             PC 653 – Order Regarding Appointment of Guardian/ Limited Guardian of a Minor

  •             PC 571 – Acceptance of Appointment (signed)

  •             PC 633 – Letters of Guardianship

  •             Copy of Driver’s License or State ID

  •             $175.00 filing fee unless a fee waiver is granted.  Certified letters of guardianship cost an additional $12.00 per set.


To petition for modification or termination of a full minor guardianship, the following must be filed. An index of all approved probate court forms is located at http://courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/Forms/Pages/Probate-Court-Index.aspx:

  •             PC 675 – Petition to Terminate/ Modify Guardianship
  •             PC 562 – Notice of Hearing
  •             PC 638a – Order regarding Termination/ Modification Guardian of Minor or LII/ Conservator
  •             PC 564 – Proof of Service (this may be submitted up to the date of the hearing)
  •             PC 617 – Declaration of Intent to Give Notice by Publication, if applicable
  • PC 571 – Acceptance of Appointment (signed) (if proposing a new guardian)
  •             PC 633 – Letters of Guardianship (if proposing a new guardian)
  •             Copy of Driver’s License or State ID (if proposing a new guardian)
  •             $20.00 filing fee unless a fee waiver is granted

  

Actions Related to Limited Guardianship of Minors

To petition for limited guardianship of a minor, the following must be filed. An index of all approved probate court forms is located at http://courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/Forms/Pages/Probate-Court-Index.aspx:

  • PC 651 – Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor
  •             PC 562 – Notice of Hearing
  •             PC 670 – Social History for Minor Guardianships
  •             PC 652 – Limited Guardianship Placement Plan
  •             PC 564 – Proof of Service (this may be submitted up to the date of the hearing)
  •             PC 617 – Declaration of Intent to Give Notice by Publication, if applicable
  •             PC 653 – Order Regarding Appointment of Guardian/ Limited Guardian of a Minor
  •             PC 571 – Acceptance of Appointment (signed)
  •             PC 633 – Letters of Guardianship
  •             Copy of Driver’s License or State ID
  • $175.00 filing fee unless a fee waiver is granted.  Certified letters of guardianship cost an additional $12.00 per set.

 

To petition for modification or termination of a limited guardianship of a minor, the following must be filed. An index of all approved probate court forms is located at http://courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/Forms/Pages/Probate-Court-Index.aspx:

  •             PC 675 – Petition to Terminate or Modify Guardianship
  •             PC 562 – Notice of Hearing
  •             PC 638a – Order regarding Termination/ Modification Guardian of Minor or LII/ Conservator
  •             PC 564 – Proof of Service (this may be submitted up to the date of the hearing)
  • PC 617 – Declaration of Intent to Give Notice by Publication, if applicable
  • PC 571 – Acceptance of Appointment (signed) (if proposing a new guardian)
  •             PC 633 – Letters of Guardianship (if proposing a new guardian)
  •             Copy of Driver’s License or State ID (if proposing a new guardian)
  •             $20.00 filing fee unless a fee waiver is granted
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