Probate Court

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary areas over which the Probate Court has jurisdiction are:
  • Trust proceedings
  • Matters relating to the estate of a deceased person
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Persons found to be mentally ill or developmentally disabled
  • Condemnation and drain cases
  • Juvenile delinquent cases
  • Dependent and Neglect cases
  • Adoptions
  • Name changes
  • Secret Marriages
  • Emancipation
  • Filing of wills and Codicils for safekeeping
  • Acknowledgements of Paternity
  • Recall petitions and hearings for such matters as school board members, township officials
  • Clinton County Youth Home and the Child Care Fund