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Probate Court

Probate Court handles various types of cases, including:

*Decedent's estates
*Small estates
*Mentally ill matters
*Guardianships and/or conservatorships of both children and adults
*Limited guardianships of both children and adults
*Guardianships for developmentally disabled individuals
*Protective orders
*Applications to open safe deposit boxes
*Will deposit for decedent or deposit for safekeeping
*Legal Name Changes 


Legal representation in Probate Court generally takes the form of guardian ad litems (GAL). A GAL is an attorney to represent a specific interest of a person. A GAL may be appointed to make decisions about where a person lives if the person disagrees with his/her guardian. One may be appointed to handle specific money matters as in a conservatorship. If a mentally ill person disagrees with his treatment, an attorney is appointed to represent them.

Representation by an attorney is not mandated for each case, but in each case where there is disagreement, contention or the need to have an independent person protect the rights of an "disabled" person.

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This page last updated on 2/26/2016.

Probate Court

Probate Court & Circuit Court Civil
Courthouse Annex, 2nd Floor
212 E. Paw Paw Street
Suite 220
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-8225
(269) 657-7573 FAX
Hours M - F 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

  Judge David J. DiStefano 

Judge David J. DiStefano

Barbara Dundon, Register

Judicial Secretary/ Civil Scheduling / ADR Clerk
Civil Division
Kelly Cowgill
Phone:  269-657-8200 ext. 2213
E-mail:  cowgillk@vbco.org

Brandy Antonowitsch, Deputy Register

Heidi Winkler, Clerk

Susan Taylor, Clerk/Receptionist


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