Probate Court handles various types of cases, including:
*Mentally ill matters
*Guardianships and/or conservatorships of both children and adults
*Limited guardianships of both children and adults
*Guardianships for developmentally disabled individuals
*Applications to open safe deposit boxes
*Will deposit for decedent or deposit for safekeeping
*Legal Name Changes
PROBATE COURT - DUE PROCESS
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.
Probate Court & Circuit Court Civil
Courthouse Annex, 2nd Floor
212 E. Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-7573 FAX
Hours M - F 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.