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Probate Division

New: Probate Estate Publication Fee Increase as of December 28, 2021 – For estates requiring a publication fee, the fee will be $55 starting on December 28, 2021. This fee will be charged through the electronic filing process.

The Circuit Court Probate Division has jurisdiction over a variety of issues including all matters related to wills, trusts and estates, guardianships and involuntary commitment proceedings, adoptions, name changes and partition of real estate. Probate Judges preside over these cases from courthouses located in each of the ten counties throughout the state. 

In contested matters, the Circuit Court Probate Division has a well developed mediation program through which probate trained mediators can be assigned to assist in the settlement of disputes at no charge to the parties.

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e-Filing - Probate Division

e-filing is now available for estates, guardianship, name change cases that started electronically (not in paper) at ALL Probate Division locations.

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The Circuit Court has implemented a single toll free number for all phone calls placed from the US or Canada: 1-855-212-1234. Callers from outside the US or Canada must use the Circuit Court's toll number: 603-415-0162.