1.  What you need to know before filing a petition to appoint a guardian for an incapacitated adult 

Please review What You Need to Know Before Filing a Petition for Guardian of an Incapacitated Individual, which provides information on guardianships and on their alternatives. 

2.  Filing the petition 

To ask the court for a guardian you must complete a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Incapacitated Individual and file it with the court. 

3.  Filing Fee

In order to file a petition for guardianship you must pay a $175 filing fee (cash, check, money order and credit or debit card payments).  Make any check or money order out to "Ingham County Probate Court."   

4.  Investigation Fee and Certified Copy Fee 

Once you file your petition, an investigator will be appointed to visit the proposed ward, gather information about the proposed guardian, draft a report and make recommendations to the judge. Pursuant to statutory authorization (MCL 600.875), you will be assessed a $25 fee for reimbursement of the costs of investigation.  This fee will also be assessed if you request and are granted a temporary emergency guardian. 

If you wish to receive a certified copy of the Letters of Guardianship once a guardian is appointed, there is a statutorily-fixed $10 fee for certification and $1 per page. 

5.  After you file your petition 

If and when you decide to petition for guardianship, a hearing date will be set and there will be some other things you will need to do, including the following:

  • Serve Notice of the Hearing on your petition to all interested persons (including publishing notice on any interested person whose whereabouts are unknown)
  • File a Proof of Service indicating that you have informed all relevant people in a timely manner. (including publishing notice on any interested person whose whereabouts are unknown)

 More details on service- Guardianships for Incapacitated Individuals: Service Information.