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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. In addition, the Probate Court also hears petitions for involuntary hospitalization and treatment of persons with mental illness. The Probate Court follows the rules outlined in the Michigan Mental Health Code and the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) that took effect on April 1, 2000. Finally, the Court handles miscellaneous issues like unpublicized marriages, delayed registration of foreign birth, and Drain Appeals.


Filings can be handled any of the ways listed below:
  • In-person at the Judicial Center
  • You can 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.”
  • Email your filings to
  • Fax your filings to (517) 552-2510

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

Document Copies

To obtain copies of Probate Court documents:

Have the file number or case name, then call or stop by the Probate Court to 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 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 copies. We accept cash, check, credit, or debit.

Please Note: Certified copies of letters of authority are $13 each.

Probate Court
Livingston County Official Logo


(517) 546-3750


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Judicial Center

204 S. Highlander Way
Suite 2
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 552-2510