Probate Court

Effective July 1, 2021, the Probate Court will require the current State Court approved forms to be filed. This includes the filing of the new Personal Identifying Information form that is not required to accompany many of the state forms. Please use the links provided throughout the website that take you directly to the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) to ensure you have the most recent form.
Failure to file the current version of a SCAO approved form may result in the court refusing your filing and delays in processing.

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