The Probate Pro provides probate legal representation throughout the State of Michigan, Illinois and Florida. If you live in any of these States, we want to help you stay informed on the probate court in your county. We’ve put together some vital information for people residing in Washtenaw County, Michigan.



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Room 1104
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645

Washtenaw County Probate Court Judges

Hon. Patrick J. Conlin

  • Judge Patrick J. Conlin, Jr. was elected by the voters of Washtenaw County in 2014 and took the bench on January 2, 2015. He is currently the Presiding Judge of the Family Division. A graduate of Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard High School and the University of Notre Dame, Judge Conlin earned his juris doctor from Wayne State University in 1997.

Hon. Darlene A. O’Brien

  • First appointed Washtenaw County Probate Judge in 2006, Judge Darlene A. O’Brien won election later that year. She graduated in 1980 from Notre Dame Law School having earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laudefrom University of Toledo. Following a federal judicial clerkship, O’Brien was an active trial attorney for 24 years, representing clients in criminal and civil matters, including those heard in probate and family court. She was admitted to practice in the U.S District Court, ED. Michigan, as well as the U. S 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hon. Julia B. Owdziej

  • Judge Julia B. Owdziej was appointed Probate Judge on June 3, 2014 and was elected by the Washtenaw County voters in November of 2014. She currently serves as Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law.

Washtenaw County Hours and Phone Number

Monday – Friday
8am – 4:30pm
(734) 222-3072

Washtenaw County Probate Court Website

The Washtenaw County Probate Court has a great, interactive website that allows you to do many things from the comfort of your home! Many of the services that the website offers are listed below. The Washtenaw County Probate Court website can be found at:

Security Requirements

All visitors are subject to metal detection of their person and x-ray of their belongings.

The following items may not be brought into the buildings:  guns, knives, razors, scissors, box cutters, knitting needles, nail files, and any type of spray. All packages may be inspected. Dangerous or illegal objects may be seized.

The following items are prohibited in the courtrooms: weapons, electronic equipment including, but not limited to, recording devices (unless approved by the court), inappropriate attire, such as t-shirts with profanity, depicting violence or sexual acts, promoting drug or alcohol use or victim shirts (i.e. shirts with R.I.P., etc.); muscle shirts; tank tops; halter tops; shorts; cut-off jeans; baggy pants that fall below the hips; micro-mini skirts; pants with holes; hats (except those worn for religious purposes), food, beverages, chewing gum, tobacco, newspapers and children making noise.

Venue and Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction relates to which matters will be heard in a court. The Washtenaw County Probate Court has jurisdiction over deceased probate estates, trusts, mental health, registrations of foreign births, guardianships, and conservatorships. While, venue describes what court you should go to. Washtenaw County Probate Court is the correct venue for people who are domiciled in Washtenaw County or have property in Washtenaw County.

Probate Lawyer near me

The Probate Pro is grateful to be able to practice law in Washtenaw County. We are here to help you navigate this journey by focusing on your goals.  If you have any questions concerning any aspect of the law, call The Probate Pro at (833) PROBATE.