The Probate Pro has the great privilege of appearing before probate courts throughout the state of Michigan.  Kalamazoo County Probate Court is one of the friendliest courts to practice in. Their mission is to administer justice with fairness, equality, and integrity, to resolve matters before the court in a timely manner, and to provide courteous and prompt service in a manner that inspires trust and confidence. The Kalamazoo County Probate Court has experienced and knowledgeable judges that understand probate law. They are staffed by friendly and experienced personnel.

Fun Facts about Kalamazoo County

The name purportedly means “the mirage or reflecting river” and the original Indian name was “Kikalamazoo.”

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 264,870 residing in Kalamazoo County.

Politically, for years Kalamazoo County was a bastion of the Republican Party following the Civil War. From 1884 until 1988, voters selected the Republican Party nominee all but three times–in 1912, 1936 and 1964. However, since 1992 the county has voted Democratic in national elections (through 2016).

Mission of the Probate Court

The mission of the Kalamazoo County Probate Court is to administer justice with fairness, equality, and integrity, to resolve matters before the court in a timely manner, and to provide courteous and prompt service in a manner that inspires trust and confidence.

The Probate Court is a court of statutory jurisdiction.  The court hears cases concerning decedent estates and wills, trust administration, appointment and supervision of guardians and conservators for minors, adults and developmentally disabled individuals and mental health cases including commitment hearings and transport orders.  The Probate Court also has jurisdiction regarding the examination of safe deposit box of a deceased person, secret marriages, drain proceedings, establishing death of disaster/accident victims and delayed registration of foreign birth.

Maps and Directions

The Kalamazoo County Probate Court is in the Gull Road Justice Complex located at 1536 Gull Road in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kalamazoo County Probate Court Judges

The Court is staffed by two experienced and knowledgeable judges that understand and excel in probate law.

  • The Honorable Curtis J. Bell is the Chief Probate Judge. Judge Bell was appointed to the probate court in 2006 and is a graduate of Michigan State University and University of Iowa College of Law.
  • The Honorable Alexander C. Lipsey was appointed to the bench in 2007. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan.

Kalamazoo County Hours and Operations

The Kalamazoo County Probate Court’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They are closed from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for lunch. A drop box is available at the front counter for filing purposes. The Kalamazoo County Probate Court is closed during most major holidays.

Security Requirements

An important consideration before entering the Kalamazoo County Probate Court are the security requirements. You will be subject to building security before you enter the court and must pass through security equipment and security personnel. Weapons are always banned, as well as any food or drink (except for identified jurors and staff). All packages may be inspected. Dangerous or illegal objects may be seized. Cellphones and other electronic devices must be placed in silent mode and are never permitted inside courtrooms.

Kalamazoo County Probate Website

For many probate related issues, there is no need to venture all the way to the courthouse. You can do it from the warm, cozy confines of your home. The website can be best described in a four-syllable word – phenomenal. The website has tons of valuable information including probate forms that can be downloaded free of charge. Yes, free court approved probate forms! Another great feature on the Kalamazoo County Probate Court website is the free Inventory Fee calculator that can be used to compute the Inventory Fee owed to the probate court.

Online Resources

Probate Lawyer Near Me for the Kalamazoo County Probate Court

The Probate Pro is grateful to be able to practice law in the Kalamazoo County Probate Court. The Probate Pro is here to help you navigate this journey by focusing on your goals.  If you have any questions concerning any aspect of the law, let me know. My direct line is 248-399-3300 or toll free: 877-YOUR-FIRM.

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