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Section 700.3303

Act 386 of 1998

700.3303 Informal probate; proof and findings required.

Sec. 3303.

  (1) In an informal proceeding for original probate of a will, the register shall determine whether all of the following are true:
  (a) The application is complete.
  (b) The applicant has made oath or affirmation that the statements contained in the application are true to the best of the applicant's knowledge and belief.
  (c) The applicant appears from the application to be an interested person.
  (d) On the basis of the statements in the application, venue is proper.
  (e) An original, properly executed, and apparently unrevoked will is in the register's possession.
  (f) That the application is not within section 3304.
  (2) The register shall deny the application if the application indicates that a personal representative has been appointed in another county of this state or, except as provided in subsection (4), if it appears that this or another will of the decedent has been the subject of a previous probate order.
  (3) A will that appears to have the required signatures and that contains an attestation clause showing that requirements of execution under section 2502 or 2506 have been met shall be probated without further proof. In other cases, the register may assume execution if the will appears to have been properly executed, or the register may accept a sworn statement of a person having knowledge of the circumstances of execution, whether or not the person was a witness to the will.
  (4) Informal probate of a will that was previously probated elsewhere may be granted at any time upon written application by an interested person, together with deposit of an authenticated copy of the will and of the statement probating it from the office or court where the will was first probated.
  (5) A will from a place that does not provide for probate of a will after death and that is not eligible for probate under subsection (1) may be probated in this state upon receipt by the register of a properly authenticated copy of the will and a properly authenticated certificate of its legal custodian that the copy filed is a true copy and that the will has become operative under the law of the other place.

History: 1998, Act 386, Eff. Apr. 1, 2000
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