ICLE | Michigan Probate Benchbook
Michigan Probate Benchbook

Get the book the judges use to handle all proceedings heard in probate court, from estate and guardianship to mental commitment and civil actions. Written by ICLE for the SCAO and distributed to all probate judges and registers, this book provides practice tips from the judges and probate registers on problematic issues.

With this book, you will be able to:

  • Recommend a partial guardianship or a protective order instead of a full guardianship
  • Pursue an appeal by right or by leave to the Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Consider the best options for obtaining involuntary treatment of a person with a mental illness
  • Confidently handle even obscure cases, such as support of an impoverished person, a lost instrument, or a case under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act

Highlights of the latest update include:

  • The latest cases, including In re Estate of Huntington (role of EPIC when out-of-state decedent), In re Grablick Tr (revocation of stepchild's disposition on mother's divorce from stepfather), and In re Guardianship of Gordon (legal standard for petition to terminate guardianship of legally incapacitated individual)
  • The latest court rule changes, including those concerning videoconferencing and electronic service of process
  • Updates to SCAO forms PC 556m (Petition for Assignment), PC 673m (Petition to Use Funds (Conservatorship)), and PC 608p (Petition for Change of Venue), among others

550 pages, 1-volume, 7x10 paperback. Includes a download of drafted forms. Current to 03/15/22. Next update April 2023. Subscription service available.

Fully searchable and continually updated. Citations link to Michigan caselaw, statutes, and court rules. Includes online index, downloadable forms, and summary of changes. Price is for a one-year subscription.