Typically, an unsupervised estate can be opened without a hearing, however, there are circumstances that may cause a court to have a hearing. Maybe the most common reason is if an interested party has an objection.
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As you can see from the other answers, a court will generally only hold a hearing if there is a dispute.
I am licensed to practice law in Michigan and Virginia and regularly handle cases of this sort.
You should not rely on this answer. You should consult a lawyer so you can tell the lawyer the entire situation and get legal advice that is precisely tailored to your case.
I agree with my colleagues. I would simply add that an unsupervised informal proceeding can be converted to a formal or supervised proceeding, at any time, at the discretion of the court, upon request of the parties.
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