Probate Court

Probate Court Limited Access due to COVID-19

Limited Access

For the health and safety of the public and our community, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders and the Michigan Supreme Court’s Administrative Orders, the Kent County Probate Court is limiting access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, practicing social distancing and mask use, and limiting in-courthouse activity by utilizing remote appearances to the greatest extent possible.

Currently, there is no entry for anyone who:

  • Displays signs or symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or worsening cough (excluding chronic cough due to known medical reasons), shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and/or new loss of taste or smell.
  • Has a diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • In the last 14 days, has had close contact with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19.
Contacting the Court

There will be no in-person assistance available at the Probate Court clerk’s office during this time. However, general inquiries, requests for hearing dates, and requests for assistance may be directed to probatecourt@kentcountymi.gov. Questions or requests for assistance regarding mental health matters may be directed to mentalhealthdivision@kentcountymi.gov. For further assistance, you may also call the Probate Court clerk’s office at (616) 632-5440.

Remote Participation at Hearings

In all matters, the court is utilizing Zoom Videoconferencing technology for remote appearances. Please refer to the instructions provided with your notice of hearing, or contact the Court at probatecourt@kentcountymi.gov to obtain instructions for connecting to your hearing. Further information about connecting to hearings remotely is available here.

Interim Filing Procedures

Petitions and documents for emergency matters may be filed:

  • via email, at probatecourt@kentcountymi.gov (Filing fees must be promptly sent to the Court through U.S. mail. Filings are subject to return or rejection if filing fees are not promptly received.)
  • in the designated drop box, located near the front entrance of the Courthouse, or
  • through U.S. mail

Non-emergency filings will be accepted by U.S. mail.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders

Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Orders