Probate Court

Probate Court

 Honorable Miriam A. Cavanaugh, Chief Judge of Livingston County Probate Court

Probate Case Lookup

If you are searching for a Probate Court record prior to 2004, you will need to call us at 517-546-3750

 Check the Probate Court Dockets

In-person filings are accepted, however, the following methods are also available:

  • Deposit filings in the secure mailbox located outside of the Judicial Center.  This box is checked throughout the day.  Please place your documents in an envelope and label it "Probate Court."

Filing fees for faxed or emailed submissions may be paid by credit card over the telephone by calling us at 517-546-3750.

What is Probate Court?

Probate Court has jurisdiction over the administration of estates of deceased persons and matters pertaining to trusts.  The Court also hears cases pertaining to guardianships and conservatorships for incapacitated adults, minors, and individuals with developmental disabilities. The Court also hears petitions for the involuntary hospitalization and treatment of persons with mental illness.  The Probate Court follows the rules outlined in the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) that took effect on April 1, 2000, and the Michigan Mental Health Code. In addition, the Court also handles miscellaneous issues that include unpublicized marriages, delayed registration of foreign birth, and Drain Appeals.


Certified copies of letters of authority are now $13.00 each.

To obtain copies of Probate Court documents: 

Have the file number or case name,then call or stop by the Probate Court and you may view the file and request copies.  Copies are $1.50 per page.  If your case has been closed or if there are a lot of pages that need to be copied, it would be best to call ahead as the file may be in storage or it may take some time to make the copies.  The court accepts cash, check, credit, or debit.

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