Probate Court Programs and Services
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Probate Court Programs and Services

Children's Advocates - These are volunteers who are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a minor on a minor guardianship case.  In such cases, they investigate and report on the child's and the proposed guardian's situation and complete a "home study".  The Children's Advocates Program is sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women.

Conservatorship Basic Training - A basic training course that will provide essential information and tools for handling your duties as a conservator.

Guardianship Basic Training - A basic training course that will provide essential information and tools for handling your duties as a guardian.

Guardian Reviews - By law, the court must conduct an investigation called a "review" on certain adult and minor guardianship matters.  The guardianship review is a personal consultation conducted at the anniversary of the appointment of a guardian for an adult, and every three years thereafter, and once a year for minors under age six. The review involves a visit to the ward and completion of the appropriate report form presented to the court.

Guardian Reviews are conducted by persons appointed by the court.  They include volunteers recruited by the court, volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women, and attorneys and agencies contracted by the court to perform this service. 

Contact Carol Esher, Case Management Coordinator for the Probate Court at (248)858-0288 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Guardianship Review Program.

 Judge On-Line - Judge On-Line is a new service being offered as an alternative to face-to-face court hearings.  It is designed especially for scheduling, status, pretrial and settlement conferences, as well as motion hearings and other court proceedings at the discretion of the presiding judge.  Parties and attorneys may appear for these court events from work, home, and while on vacation for a non-refundable $30 convenience fee.

Removing the Mysteries of Probate Court  -  This informational seminar is sponsored by the Probate Court. Experts, including Probate staff and private attorneys, educate attendees on topics regarding Wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and the new Probate Code. These discussions are held at various community centers and are free to the public. On demand viewing of the presentation is available as well on our Video Information page.