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 email@example.com. Questions or requests for assistance regarding mental health matters may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further assistance, you may also call the Probate Court clerk’s office at (616) 632-5440.
Some Probate Court records may be useful in researching genealogy. Most Probate Court records are public records available for inspection. Most older Probate records (closed more than 10 years ago) are maintained on microfilm. It is necessary first to identify which file is needed (usually under the name of the deceased individual) and then the microfilm roll can be pulled. If you are interested in looking at microfilm it is helpful for you to call ahead and make sure that staff will be able to assist you in locating the microfilm and instructing you on the use of the microfilm reader. A specific list of files is also helpful, and we would be happy to schedule a time for you to come in.
Unfortunately the staff of the Probate Court is not able to research files for you. It is necessary for the files to be inspected by someone other than a court employee. Paper copies of records may be obtained at a cost of $2 per page.