Adult Guardianships

Guardianships for Incapacitated Individuals


What is a guardian of a Incapacitated Individual?
The guardian looks over the needs and care of the individual while the guardianship is in place. The care and needs can include: medical, living arrangements, and legal decisions.

Petition of Appointment of Guardianship

Before Filing 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. 

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. 

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."  There is a service charge when using a credit card.

Investigation 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. 

After Filing the Petition two things must be done:

When you file your 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, along with the petition filed to all interested persons (including publishing notice on any interested person whose whereabouts are unknown);
  • Must file a Proof of Service indicating you have informed interested persons of the hearing and your petition in a timely manner (including publishing notice on any interested person whose whereabouts are unknown).
Both original Notice of Hearing and Proof of Service will need to be submitted to Probate Court prior to the hearing date.

Certification Fee: 

Pursuant to MCL 600.2546, certified copies are $1 per page plus a $10 fee for certification.

Information on service for Guardianships for Incapacitated Individuals.