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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions or requests for assistance regarding mental health matters may be directed to email@example.com. For further assistance, you may also call the Probate Court clerk’s office at (616) 632-5440.
Guardian of a Minor - This guardian has the care and
control of the minor much as a parent would have.
Limited Guardian of Minor - This guardian has the care
and control of the minor. However, this guardianship
differs from a regular guardianship in that the guardian can
not consent to the marriage of the minor, the adoption of
the minor or the release of the minor for adoption.
Full Guardian of a Legally Incapacitated Individual -
This guardian has the care and control of the adult much as
a parent would have over their child.
Limited Guardian of a Legally Incapacitated Individual -
A guardian of an adult who possesses fewer than all of the
legal rights and powers of a full guardian and whose rights,
powers, and duties have been specifically enumerated by
Guardian Ad Litem -- This is not a guardian in the usual
sense. A guardian ad litem is appointed to represent the
interest of a party in a proceeding before the court where
that party is unable to adequately represent them self. The
guardian ad litem may make a recommendation to the court
based upon what they believe to be in the best interest of
the party they represent. They have no authority to make
decisions for the party they represent and should not be
confused with a guardian.
Guardian of the Person - This is the guardian of a
developmentally disabled person. Such guardians are
appointed under provisions of the Mental Health Code rather
than the Probate Code. This guardian has the care and
control of the developmentally disabled person (formerly
referred to as a mentally retarded adult) much as a parent
would have over their child.
Guardian of the Estate -- This guardian has the same
duties and responsibilities as a conservator except the ward
is a developmentally disabled person. This guardian is
appointed under the Mental Health Code rather than the
Plenary Guardian - This is a guardian of a
developmentally disabled person who possesses the legal
rights and powers of a full guardian of the person, or of
the estate, or both.
Partial Guardian - This is a guardian of a
developmentally disabled person who possesses fewer than all
the legal rights and powers of a plenary guardian, and whose
rights, powers, and duties have been specifically enumerated
by court order.
Temporary Guardian - This guardian is appointed for a
temporary period of time pending a full guardianship hearing
or when the appointed guardian is not performing his or her
duties. A temporary guardian can only do those things which
are specifically authorized by the appointing court.
Conservator of a Minor - This conservator has the
authority and responsibility to manage the minor's
Conservator of a Protected Individual - This conservator
has the authority and responsibility to manage the adult's
Special Conservator - This fiduciary is appointed to
carry out the terms of a preliminary protective order. They
may only do what is specified in the protective order. This
type of order is used to manage a ward's finances on an
emergency or temporary basis. There is no such thing as a
temporary conservator, only a special conservator.