Kathe Wenzel, Probate Register
If you are searching for a Probate Court record prior to 2004, you will need to contact Probate Court at 517-546-3750.
The Livingston County Probate Court is open to the public.
In-person filings will be accepted, however, the following alternative methods are encouraged:
- Depositing 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 the Probate Court at:
JUDGE CAVANAUGH HEARING INOFORMATION:
Court hearings scheduled before Judge Miriam A. Cavanaugh are in person unless a request to appear by Zoom is submitted and approved.
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.