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Wills & Estates

A 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.

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.

If a person dies without a will, a Petition for Letters of Administration may be filed. The petitioner must be a resident of the State and is required by law to acquire a bond that will cover the amount of the estate plus one years estimated growth.

After the Letters are issued, an inventory is required to be filed within 60 days after appointment.

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Probate Judge
Robert J. Butts
(231) 627-8823

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

Hours
Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm

Additional Staff
Deputy Register
Courtney Blumke
(231) 627-8823
Deputy Register/Family Admin. Asst.
Becky Noel
(231) 627-8876
Deputy Probate/Juvenile Register
Heather Arnold
(231) 627-8824
Registrar of Probate/Family Court Administrator
Patricia Hansen
(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
Financial Officer
Denise Hart
(231) 627-8412