Probate Court

Probate Court

Honorable David J. Reader, Chief Judge of Livingston County Courts

Honorable Miriam A. Cavanaugh, 47th Probate Court Judge

James Duquet, Court Administrator / Probate Register


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 disability.  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 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.

Check the Probate Court Dockets