The Probate Pro has the great privilege of appearing before probate courts throughout the state of Michigan.  Livingston County Probate Court is one of the most responsive courts to practice in. This court has experienced and knowledgeable judges that understand probate law. They are staffed by friendly and experienced personnel.

Fun Facts about Livingston County

Many of the counties that were formed during the early to mid 1800s were named for members of President Andrew Jackson’s cabinet. Livingston County was named for Edward Livingston, who was President Jackson’s Secretary of State.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 180,967 residing in Livingston County.

Mission of the Probate Court

The Probate Court is a court of statutory jurisdiction.  Probate Court has jurisdiction over the administration of estates of deceased persons and matters pertaining to trusts.  The Court also hears cases pertaining to guardianships and conservatorships for incapacitated adults, minors, and individuals with developmental disabilities.  The Court also hears petitions for the involuntary hospitalization and treatment of persons with mental illness. The Probate Court follows the rules outlined in the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) that took effect on April 1, 2000, and the Michigan Mental Health Code.  In addition, the Court also handles miscellaneous issues that include unpublicized marriages, delayed registration of foreign birth, and Drain Appeals.

Maps and Directions

The Livingston County Probate Court is in Suite 2 of the Judicial Center at 204 S Highlander way in Howell, Michigan.

Livingston County Probate Court Judge

The Court is staffed by an experienced and knowledgeable judge that understand and excel in probate law.

  • The Honorable Miriam A. Cavanaugh is the Chief Probate Judge. Judge Cavanaugh was appointed to the bench in 2013 and is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy and University of Detroit Mercy Law School.

Livingston County Hours and Operations

The Livingston County Probate Court’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Livingston County Probate Court is closed during most major holidays.

Security Requirements

An important consideration before entering the Livingston County Probate Court are the security requirements. Everyone entering the Judicial Center will be subject to screening by Livingston County Sherriff’s Department. Weapons are always banned, as well as any food or drink and tobacco products of any kind. Cellphones and other electronic devices are also prohibited in the courthouse.

Livingston 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 Livingston County Probate Court has a terrific website. The website has tons of valuable information including probate forms that can be downloaded free of charge. Yes, free court approved probate forms!

The website also allows for an online database search of court hearings pending before the probate court if you have either the file name or the case number.

Online Resources

Probate Lawyer Near Me for the Livingston County Probate Court

The Probate Pro is grateful to be able to practice law in the Livingston 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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