Directions for Giving Notice of Hearing

As the person who filed a petition in Wayne County Probate Court, you must give Notice of the Hearing to all interested persons. 

What you will need:

  1. A copy of the petition that you filed (can be found through Case Access).
  2. A Notice of Hearing form (form # PC562) with Zoom instructions- (The Court will send you a copy of the notice of hearing and zoom instructions once the hearing is scheduled, a copy can also be found through Case Access)
  3. A Proof of Service form (form # PC564)
  4. For any interested party that you do not have an address, you must serve them notice of the hearing by publication. See WCPC - Publication.

3 Step Instructions:

  1. Check the copy of your petition to determine who the interested persons are.
  2. Send a completed Notice of Hearing with zoom instructions along with a copy of the petition to each and every interested person.
    1. If you give notice by personal delivery, you have to give it to the interested person at least 7 days before the hearing.
    2. If you give notice by mail, send it at least 14 days before the hearing.  You have to put it in a sealed envelope with paid first class postage and put it in the mailbox.
  3. File a completed Proof of Service and copy of a Notice of Hearing (as one .PDF document) for filing to at least 3 days before the hearing.

Important Reminders:

  1. DO NOT just leave the petition in the interested person’s door, mailbox, etc., or give to a friend of the person who happens to be at the home.  You have to give it to the person.
  2. DO NOT just tell the person over the phone, leave a phone message, or write a note about the hearing.  You have to give them the Notice of Hearing form and a copy of the petition you filed.
  3. DO NOT fill out the Notice of Hearing and Proof of Service forms only halfway.  Make sure they are complete, or you can’t have your hearing.
  4. DO NOT forget to sign and date the Notice of Hearing and Proof of Service forms.
  5. DO NOT be afraid to ask your lawyer, if you have one, for advice.

Rev. 2/23