Livingston County will be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.

A Guardian is an individual appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions regarding the personal and physical well being of an adult determined to be a Legally Incapacitated Individual or an Individual with a Developmental Disability. A Guardian may also be appointed to provide for the personal and physical well being of a minor child. A prospective Guardian is nominated either by a petition filed with the Probate Court, or named in a will.

Each “type” of guardianship requires the Probate Court to make specific findings, which must be set out in the petition for appointment. Please review the information provided in this section to ensure you are filing the appropriate petition.

Guardianship of a Legally Incapacitated Individual

Guardianship of an Individual With a Developmental Disability

Guardianship of a Minor

What to Know Before Filing a Petition to Appoint a Conservator

Petitioning the Probate Court for a guardianship or conservatorship should be the last option to be used rather than the first. These alternative options are designed to be less intrusive on the life of the ward and less expensive than Court proceedings.

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