Probate Court

List of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

  1. Do I have to probate my parents estate?
    Anything that is in that person's name alone would have to be probated.
  2. Do I need a Guardianship/Conservatorship for my relative?
    Please click the following links to learn more about Guardianship/Conservatorship:
  3. Can I make out my own will?
    We have the Michigan Statutory Will forms for people, or we advise they contact an attorney.
  4. Do I have to file my will with the Probate Court?
    No, however, it is a safe place to keep it if there are family problems, not a law. If the will is placed on file, there is a $25.00 filing fee.
  5. Do I always have to have an attorney to do probate matters?
    No, but all we can do is give the forms. The court is not allowed to give legal advise.
  6. Can I get forms from your office?
    The court does provide forms to the public at no charge.
  7. What does it cost to reopen an estate?
    The fee to reopen is $100.
  8. Can you name an attorney that can help me?
    No, the court cannot name an attorney. However, we do provide a list of the attorneys that practice in the area.
  9. How long does it take to complete a probated estate?
    It depends if the family gets along. The estate has to be open for at least 5 months and is usually closed within a years time.
  10. Can I talk to the Judge about a matter?
    Usually not, if that matter came before the Judge, he would have to disqualify himself.