1(833) PROBATE

As a service to the community, The Probate Pro is committed to providing up-to-date and accurate information about the many probate courts in which it appears. The Wayne County Probate Court is the busiest probate court in Michigan, handling over 38,000 hearings each year and over 13,500 new filings per year.  The Wayne County Probate Court maintains an active docket of over 33,000 cases. If you need to contact the Wayne County Probate Court by telephone or e-mail, below is a quick reference guide.

Contact Information

Wayne County Probate Court

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

1307 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

2 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48226

Telephone (313) 224-5706


Primary Function of the Probate Court

The primary function of the Wayne County Probate Court is to administer guardianships, conservatorships, trusts and probate estate for those domiciled in Wayne County, Michigan. Probate estate administration occurs whether a person had a will, or whether they died without a Will. Probate courts also allow people to deposit wills for safekeeping. The probate court is vested with the power to appoint guardians and conservators for incapacitated adults and minors. A guardian can make decisions about a person’s health and personal well-being. A conservator can make decisions about of a person’s property and money. Probate courts also handle cases under the Mental Health Code. This includes commitment for hospital care of people alleged to have a mental illness, and guardianship proceedings for developmentally disabled people. If you need to reach a Wayne County Probate Court courtroom staff , below is a list of the relevant telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.  Please remember that the probate court employees are not authorized to provide legal advice.

Telephone Numbers for Judges

Honorable Freddie G. Burton, Jr.

Chief Judge


(313) 224-5686

Honorable David Braxton


(313) 224-5681

Honorable Judy A. Hartsfield


(313) 224-6279

Honorable Frank S. Szymanski


(313) 833-0662

Honorable Terrance A. Keith


(313) 224-5668

Honorable Lisa Marie Neilson

(313) 224-0256

Honorable Lawrence J. Paolucci


(313) 224-5672

Honorable David A. Perkins


(313) 224-5676


Other Important Telephone Numbers

Wayne County Probate Counter


(313) 224-5708

Analyst Department


(313) 224-5709

Court Attorney


(313) 224-5602

Records Department


(313) 224-6938

Mental Health/Developmentally Disabled


(313) 224-5700

Human Resources


(313) 224-1889

Ombudsman for Guardianship/Estates

Ward Wilson


(313) 224-0589

Periodically, this information will be updated.

Please let The Probate Pro 1(833)PROBATE know if you need any additional information.