Wills & Estates

A Last Will and Testament (Will) is a document which discloses how a person wishes his or her property to be distributed after death. A Will must meet certain legal requirements. The law requires that a person making a Will must be 18 years of age or older, of sound mind and under no undue influence. The Will must be signed by the maker and witnessed by at least two people. After a Will is written, it should be kept in a safe place and the executors or personal representatives should be notified where the Will is being kept.  As an alternative, the Will can be filed for safekeeping with the Cheboygan County Probate Court prior to death for a fee of $25.00.

A Will should be probated within five (5) years after the person is deceased. Forms are available for the probate of a Will in Cheboygan County.



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Information for your estate planning needs.  This document is a guide to medical and legal decisions.  It includes an area for recording important information such as your assets, any insurance policies you may have, pension and retirement information, bank accounts, funeral arrangements, medical and prescription records and other matters.  It also provides a basic blank Michigan Statutory Will, information regarding advance directives for health care and a blank Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, information on organ donation and a blank Organ Donation Form .

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