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A probate estate must be opened to obtain the medical records of a deceased person.
A formal Petition for Probate and / or Appointment of Personal Representative (PC 559 (PDF)) must be filed and include a request that a special personal representative be appointed. A Muskegon County Probate Court will not appoint a special personal representative on an informal application.
For additional information, view the Decedent Estates page.
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In accordance with MCL 700.3951 and MCR 5.144, the Muskegon County Probate Court may administratively close a probate file. The Muskegon County Probate Court has implemented the following procedures to reopen an administratively closed file:
MCR 5.125(A)(1) requires that the Michigan Attorney General must be served in specific probate proceedings when the decedent is not survived by any known heirs, or the protected individual has no known presumptive heirs. These notices should be sent to the following address:Brenda Turner - Assistant Attorney GeneralState Public AdministratorP.O. Box 30736Lansing, MI 48909
If You Think Your Own Will May Be on File, the Court Will Check Its Records After You Present Photo Identification. If You Are Unable to Come to Court, Your Lawyer May Present Form PC 548, Authorization to Release Will Held for Safekeeping.
If You Are Looking for a Will Held for Safekeeping for a Deceased Person, You Must Present a Death Certificate.
Wills not admitted to a probate estate:
Wills admitted to a probate estate:
The Court accepts in-state checks, certified checks, and money orders. The Court does not accept credit cards or out of state checks.
View information online to find out if you need an EIN.
Visit the IRS website to apply. Please note that this is through the IRS, not Probate Court.