Why is the line so long?
The Oakland County Probate Courts have a growing caseload and that is reflected in the number of individuals who need assistance. Generally the line is longer on motion call mornings (Tuesday and Wednesday) when many matters are in court. Parties must file necessary documents at the counter before going into the courtroom. There are many people without representation visiting the service counter and they often require additional time to ask questions about the procedures.
* Please note that Probate Staff cannot give legal advice.
How can I avoid the long line at the counter?
You may want to file your documents on a non-motion day (Monday, Thursday, or Friday). Also, to save time, you may file documents by fax if there is no fee required for the filing. The fax filing line is (248)452-2016. Proofs of Service and GAL reports may be dropped off in the specially designated basket on the counter as well for same-day processing. If you have questions of staff and do not want to wait in line please consider emailing your questions to one of the case type specific email addresses available on our Contact Us page.