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.
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.
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).
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.