Ottawa County Probate Court

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MiFILE went live in the Ottawa County Probate Court on October 25, 2019

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Mark A. Feyen

Mark A. Feyen
Chief Probate Judge
Bar#: P32369

Key Staff

Susan M Franklin
Court Administrator

Johanna Wallace
Probate Register

Mental Health Contact
(616) 738-4646

Mission Statement

To administer justice and restore wholeness in a manner that inspires public trust.

Vision Statement

We exemplify and deliver the highest standards of justice and public service

Core Values

Core Values - Freedom, Equality, Truth, Justice

Important Information

General Overview

There is a Probate Court in each Michigan county with the exception of ten counties which have consolidated to form five probate court districts. Each district has one judge, and each of the remaining counties has one or more judges depending on population and caseload within the county. The Probate Court has jurisdiction in the areas of estates and trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships and mental commitment proceedings. Probate judges are elected on a nonpartisan ballot for six year terms, subject to the same requirements as other judges.

Interpreter Needs

The Probate Court will provide an Interpreter to those in need in order to over come any language barrier that may exist. Any party involved in a Probate Court proceeding needing an interpreter must contact the Probate Court office, in writing, so an interpreter can be secured.