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PROBATE COURT

Contact Information

Phone: ...... 231-882-9675
Toll Free: .. 800-315-9852
FAX: ............. 231-882-5987
EMail Us: knowak@benzieco.net

      Location / Address

      Upper Level-Rm 201
      Government Center
      448 Court Place
      Beulah, MI 49617

Personnel

Honorable John D. Mead,
Judge of Probate

Kimberly D. Nowak,
Probate Register/Court Adm.

Corinne Nye-Gonyon,
Deputy Probate Register/Collection Specialist
      Office Hours

      Monday – Friday
      8:30 a.m. to noon
      1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      (exc major holidays)
  
Note

Please call ahead to schedule a time for consultation.
 

Services Offered

  • Appointment of conservatorships
  • Appointment of guardianships
  • Commitment of mentally ill
  • Probate of estates
  • Trust supervision
  • Secure, fire-proof storage of last wills.

Description

Probate Court is divided into three major areas:

  1. The probate of estates and supervision of trusts;

  2. Guardianships and Conservatorships; and

  3. Commitment of Mentally Ill.

Probate Court also has jurisdiction regarding secret marriages, drain proceedings, kidney donations, delayed registration of birth, missing person proceedings, marriage ceremonies, and establishing death of disaster victims.

Estates & Trusts

Probate is a procedure for transferring title of the decedent's property to the persons entitled to it. Many people believe that by having a Will they will avoid probate. While a Will may make probate easier, there still must be disposition through probate of those items titled in the decedent's name alone. A living trust can avoid probate if all the decedent's assets are owned by the trust. Upon death, title to those assets pass according to the terms of the trust without the need of probate. Probate court also oversees safekeeping of wills.

Appointment of guardianships & conservatorships

A guardian is a person who makes personal decisions for the ward. A guardian is responsible for the care and control of a ward. A conservator makes decisions concerning the finances of the ward. Types of guardians and conservators appointed by the probate court include Full or Limited Guardian of a Minor, Conservator of an Adult or Minor, Protective Orders, Full or Limited Guardian of an Adult (legally incapacitated or developmentally disabled).

Commitment of Mentally Ill

Probate Court is responsible for the involuntary commitment of the mentally ill. It has jurisdiction over any person who is a resident of the court's county or who is found in that county. The court must determine if the person is mentally ill and if that person also meets the requirements that the person is either dangerous to themselves, dangerous to others, or unable to take care of basic physical needs. After the probate Court determines that an individual is a person requiring treatment, it must determine the duration and kind of treatment within the statutory requirements.

NOTE: The court is happy to provide you with forms and routine information regarding filing but court personnel are restricted by law from giving legal advice.

Fees

  • Probate Court fees vary. Please contact our office for specific filing fees.

Forms

Probate forms are available at this site: Michigan Courts -- One Court of Justice

Related Web Links

MapQuest - Maps, directions, and more

Michigan's "One Court of Justice" site

Michigan Association of Counties

State of Michigan

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