The Constitution of Michigan provides that “The jurisdiction, powers and duties of the Probate Court and the Judges thereof shall be provided by law.” The legislature through the enactment of various statutes, has defined the specific work of the Probate Court.
The Probate Court has jurisdiction over and handles the following matters:
- Administration of estates, trusts, guardianships and conservatorships for both minors and adults along with developmentally disabled persons
- Mental Health proceedings
- Legal name changes
- Delayed Registrations of Foreign Birth
- Wills for safekeeping
- Secret Marriages
The Probate Court also handles other matters that include the following:
- Petition for Protective Orders which are typically a one-time request to approve an action such as approval of a settlement.
- Civil actions in which one of the parties is usually a trust, estate or a fiduciary so that the proceeding is in relation to the Probate Court.
The Probate Court receives many telephone calls and inquiries with regard to the “probation department”, we would like to note that the Probate Court has NOTHING to do with probation. Please contact District Court Probation (269-657-8222) or State Probation (269-657-8214) for those services.
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