Probate Court

Probate Register

800 Livingston Blvd., Suite 1C
Gaylord, MI 49735
(989) 731-0204

Matters Heard By The Probate Court

  • Processes estates in Otsego County with or without a will, (including small estates that sometimes can be handled in a single day).
  • Appoints guardians and conservators of minors and adults who are not able to manage their own affairs.
  • Issues name change orders for minors and adults.
  • Settles disputes concerning trusts.
  • Performs secret marriages.
  • Commits a mentally ill person to a mental health facility.
  • Order treatment for people with contagious diseases who refuse treatment.
  • Emancipation minors.
  • Bypasses parental consent for minors seeking abortions.

Case Initiation/Processing

Appropriate forms are required to initiate a case with the Probate Court. Frequently used informational packets (including forms) are available below, or at the court for a minimal cost. If the form you are seeking is not listed below, please click here for a complete list of approved forms from the State Court Administrator's Office.

PLEASE NOTE: Court staff are available to answer general questions about the filing process but are prohibited from providing legal advice. If you need assistance completing forms, you may wish to consult an attorney.

Informational Packets and Forms