Probate Court

NOTICE

Full implementation of MCR 1.109 became effective April 1, 2022.  

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Michigan Court Rule 1.109 for the management and dissemination of Personal Identifying Information.  Please refer to the documents above to assist you in answering your questions.  Filings that do not meet the requirements of MCR 1.109 will be returned to the filer.  

How to file with the Probate Court

The newest versions of all SCAO forms must be used for all Probate filings.  Per MCL 600.855 and MCR 5.113(A) all filings MUST be submitted on an approved SCAO form if one exists.  As of January 1, 2022 the Court will no longer accept outdated versions of SCAO forms.  Links to required forms can be accessed by clicking on the items listed on the sidebar. 

The Court encourages filing by e-mail whenever possible.  Filing by e-mail will help ensure timely filings and quicker turn-around if there are issues with missing information or outdated documents.  Filings can be sent to: probatecourt@eatoncounty.org

If you cannot file by e-mail you may: 

  • Send your filing(s) and other documents to the Court via U.S. mail at:  
  • 1045 Independence Blvd Charlotte, MI 48813. If you want copies returned, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  It is not necessary to send extra copies of proposed Orders and Letters for certification.  Certified copies can only be made from the original document signed by the Judge or Probate Register.  
  • You may file your documents in person, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  When filing in person Court staff will file your documents and collect the filing fees, complete processing may take up to 72 business hours.  A self-addressed stamped envelope will be required if you want copies of your document returned to you after filing.

Contact the Probate Court 

probatecourt@eatoncounty.org  

    Phone: 517-543-4178  

 Files beginning with the letters A-L dial ext.1276 

  Files beginning with the letters R-Z and Mental Health dial ext.1277 

 for letters M-Q ext.1278 

            Link to Probate Court webpage:         

https://mi-eatoncounty.civicplus.com/451/Probate-Court

Legal Advice 

The Probate Court staff cannot provide legal advice or guidance.  On this website you will find several links to forms and other useful resources.  For additional assistance, you may also visit Michigan Legal Help at:  https://michiganlegalhelp.org/ 

Case Search

Probate case searches are not available online.  Individuals are welcome come to the Courthouse and search for files on the public access terminals.  You may also make search requests to the Probate Court by mail or at the e-mail listed below. Probate staff can verify the existence of a file at no charge.  Any additional information requested, that is part of the public record, can be provided for a copy fee of $2.00 per page.    

Send your case search requests to: probatecourt@eatoncounty.org

ADA Compliance

Our Court is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special accommodations to use the court due to a disabilities.  Please complete the ADA Request for Accommodations Form (PDF).  For additional assistance with ADA accommodations please contact the ADA Coordinator, Deputy Trial Court Administrator, Kathy Brooks at: KBrooks@eatoncounty.org