Probate Court

Probate Court

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

COVID-19 Court Information

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: 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.
  Probate Court receives many inquiries for the "probation department", Probate Court has nothing to do with probation.  Please go to Courts Home to find information for the various courts' probation divisions.


Effective March 1, 2016, pursuant to Public Act 230 of 2015, filing fees on initial petitions for Guardianships, Conservatorships, and Decedent Estates shall increase from $150.00 to $175.00. 
Effective January 15, 2015, pursuant to Local Administrative Order P47 2014-15J, copy fees for court documents are now $1.50 per page. 
Accordingly, certified copies of letters of authority are now $13.00 each.

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