Probate Judge: Honorable Benjamin T. Bolser
Probate Registrar/Court Administrator: Jodi Gordon
Phone: (989) 785-8064 Fax: (989) 785-8065
Montmorency Probate Court Duties: Probate Court exercises jurisdiction and supervision in probating wills and administration of estate and trust proceedings. Probate Court also hears cases pertaining to guardianships and conservatorships for adults and minors as well as developmentally disabled adults; and the commitment for hospitalization and or treatment of mentally ill persons.
Estate Proceedings: A major function of the court is the administration of deceased estates. It is the court's task to interpret wills in the event of uncertainty or conflict over the will's meaning. The court may also determine rights to an estate where the person has died "intestate" (without a will); this demonstrates one of the important purposes of courts in our society as they make a formal record of the legal status of property. Estate proceedings can be:
- Unsupervised Formal
Initial Filing Fee: $162.00
Certified Copies: 10.00
Inventory Fee: Based on value of estate assets as of the date of death
Guardianships and Conservatorships: As stated, the Probate Court is responsible for appointing guardians and/or conservators for incapacitated adults who cannot make responsible decisions for themselves. The Court may also appoint a conservator to manage the individuals finances. Guardians for the developmentally disabled are appointed by the Probate Court under the jurisdiction granted by the Michigan Mental Health Code. Annual and Periodic reviews of both guardian and conservatorships are conducted by the Probate Court.
Initial Filing Fee: $162.00 (for each guardian and conservator petition)
Guardian Ad Litem Fee: $35.00 plus mileage
Life Support Issues: The Probate Court has jurisdiction over matters concerning the authority to allow removal of life support. These matters are extremely complex and involve all interested persons, i.e. family members, doctors and attorneys.
Miscellaneous: The Probate Court also handles matters such as having persons deposit their Last Will and Testament for safekeeping ($25.00) each, delayed registration of foreign births, authorization to open decedent safe deposit box and appointing members to the soldier's relief commission, state boundary commission and tax commission.
Court Hours: The Probate Court is open Monday - Friday (except for legal holidays), 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. (The courthouse is closed during the noon hour). If you are planning to come to the Probate Court Office, it is suggested that you call ahead.