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Probate Court

Glossary of Court Terms

Conservator - A person appointed by the court to manage the financial affairs of a minor or protected person.

Decedent - A person who has died.

EPIC - Estates and Protected Individuals Code

Fiduciary - A person who have been appointed by another or by the court to manage the personal or financial affairs of another.

Guardian - A person who is appointed by the court to make personal decisions for a minor or legally incapaciated individual.

Intestate - To die without a Will.

SCAO - State Court Administrative Office.

Testate - To die having properly executing a Last Will and Testament.

Trust - A legal entity established by a person to place property owned by that person to manage and dispose of property after death. A trust is established for many reasons ie. tax consequences and avoidance of Probate.

Contact Us

Probate Court

Kent County Courthouse
180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 2500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Filings are accepted until 4:30pm

(616) 632-5440

(616) 632-5430

Judge David Murkowski

Judge David M. Murkowski
Chief Judge Probate Court

Susan B. Flakne, Register

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