Are you looking for information about Mecosta Probate Court in Michigan?
Every day of the week, probate attorneys from the law offices of Thav, Ryke & Associates are at Michigan area probate courts ready to help you.
If you’re looking for information about Mecosta Probate Court in Michigan, we are happy to provide you the following details:
Mecosta Probate Court
400 Elm Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Fax: (231) 592-0191
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Please note, if we are short-staffed, our office may be closed for lunch from noon – 1:00pm.)
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The Probate Court oversees cases including but not limited to deceased estates, wills, trusts, guardianships and conservatorships for adults and minors, guardianships for individuals with a developmental disability, involuntary mental health treatment, name changes, emancipations, secret marriages, and parental waivers.
Access to all Michigan State Court Approved forms can be found at: https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Forms/Pages/search-for-a-form.aspx
Information regarding fees and cost for the Probate Court can be found in the Probate Court Fee and Distribution Schedule. Probate fees are the same in every county in Michigan.
The court is unable to provide legal advice, but you may contact an attorney or visit www.michiganlegalhelp.org.
List of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Do I have to probate my parents estate?
If items remain in the decedent’s name alone, it is possible that the asset may need to be probated. Please see www.michiganlegalhelp.org or an attorney for further information.
Do I need a Guardianship/Conservatorship for my relative?
Please click the following links to learn more about Guardianship/Conservatorship:
What you need to know before filing a petition to appoint a guardian for an incapacitated adult.
What you need to know before filing a petition to appoint a conservator.
Can I make out my own will?
Please see www.michiganlegalhelp.org or speak to an attorney for information regarding drafting a will.
Do I have to file my will with the Probate Court before I die?
No, however the Probate Court does provide the service of storing your will in our vault in a sealed envelope. If filed with the Probate Court, the will is strictly confidential and cannot be opened until your death. You may view, exchange or remove your will yourself or by completing a state court approved form authorizing another person to remove or exchange your will. The cost to file your will for safe keeping is $25.00.
Do I always have to have an attorney to do probate matters?
No, however, the court is not allowed to give any legal advice.
Can I get forms from your office?
Yes, the Probate Court does provide forms at the window regarding probate matters. All forms can also be accessed at: https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Forms/Pages/search-for-a-form.aspx.
What does it cost to open a new file?
Most files cost $175.00 to open, however the cost may be less for some case types. Please review the Probate Court Fee and Distribution Schedule for all fees regarding the Probate Court.
Can you recomend an attorney that can help me?
No, the court cannot recommend an attorney as that would be a conflict of interest.
Can I talk to the Judge about a matter?
No, the Judge may only speak to individuals regarding a case while on the record in a session of court.
How much do Certified Letters cost?
The cost for Letters of Authority is $12.00 as there are two pages. This cost complies with the Probate Court Fee and Distribution Schedule.
Are you the Probation Department?
No. Please contact District Court Probation, Circuit Court Probation or Juvenile Probation. Probation is not part of the Probate Court.
How can I search for a case in your Probate Court?
Please email the court at ProbateFamilyCourt@mecostacounty.org, or call (231) 592-0135.