Probate Court

For a full list of all Michigan Probate Courts including website links and contact information, click HERE.

Probate & Family Court Jurisdiction

Probate and Family Court jurisdiction includes the following:

  • Estates (supervised, unsupervised, and small)
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships for minors, legally incapacitated and developmentally disabled persons
  • Mental health proceedings
  • Juvenile offenses
  • Abuse and neglect of children
  • Personal protection orders
  • Name changes
  • Adoptions
  • Marriages
  • Parental Consent Waivers
  • Emancipation of minors
  • Divorce and separate maintenance
  • Paternity
  • Child custody
  • Parenting time
  • Child support (MiCASE)
  • Advance Direct Proceedings (durable power of attorney, patient advocate, do not resuscitate, and Michigan Dignified Death Act)
  • Lost instruments
  • Support of poor persons
  • Kidney donation by minor
  • Uniform transfers to minors act proceedings
  • Drain appeals
  • Health threats to others
  • Wrongful death settlements
  • Civil actions involving an estate, a ward, or trust (property rights, partition, specific performance, gifts, constructive trust, and contract proceedings)
  • Disappeared heirs
  • Establishing death in unusual circumstances
  • Will and trust depository
  • Trust proceedings
  • Protective orders
  • Estate tax apportionment
  • Fiduciary accounts

The Probate Judge also serves on the county election commission and appoints local members of the Soldier Relief Commission, County Tax Allocation Board and the State Boundary Commission.

For Tribal Court information, see HERE.

For Department of Human Services, see HERE.


Related Forms

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Annual Report

Contract Attorney Contact Information

Timothy P. MacArthur  (P30673)                        William L. Keogh  (P64452)
9911 N. Straits Hwy                                            PO Box 5002
Cheboygan, MI 49721                                        Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 627-3163                                                   (231) 625-2100

Nancy Lucas-Dean  (P57567)                             Donna Hansel (P65457)
PO Box 1104                                                       520 North Main St, STE 105
Mackinaw City, MI 49701                                    Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 436-5481                                                   (231) 597-0146

James L. Gilbert (P59506)
1010 S. Main Street
Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 627-5636



Cheboygan Community Resources

Probate Judge
Daryl Vizina
(231) 627-8823

870 South Main St, Room 212
Cheboygan, MI 49721
(231) 627-8823
Fax: (231) 627-8868

Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Additional Staff
Deputy Probate Register
Jessica Beaubien
(231) 627-8871
Deputy Probate/Juvenile Reguster
Becky Noel
(231) 627-8876
Registrar of Probate/Family Court Administrator
Kim Chimner
(231) 627-8875
Director Juvenile Services
Kyle Culbertson
(231) 627-8812
Intensive Probation Officer
Megan Fenlon
(231) 627-8862
Intensive Probation Officer
Cynthia Ashbaugh
(231) 627-8837
Deputy Probate/Juvenile Register
Shani Johnson
(231) 627-8824