Adult Guardianships - Grand Traverse County Probate Court

Guardianship of Incapacitated Adult
This page is meant to provide you with general information in regards to filing a petition. Please note: Our staff is prohibited by law from giving you legal advice. Please consult an attorney if you require assistance filling out these forms.

Who Can File
Any person interested in the individual’s welfare or the individual themselves may petition for appointment of a guardian.

  • Filing fee: The filing fee is $175 payable by cash, check, or money order. If the petitioner can show that they are unable to pay this fee, he or she must file a Waiver/Suspension of Fees, MC 20 (PDF), with a Financial Statement, MC 287 (PDF). The court will review the information provided and will either grant or deny your request. If the fees are not waived, you will be required to pay the filing fee before the day of your hearing, or your hearing will be cancelled.
  • Certified copy: If you request a certified copy of your Letters of Guardianship, the cost is $12.
  • Publication fee: If you do not know the address of an interested person in the guardianship matter, you will be required to publish in the newspaper. This fee is around $75 and is subject to change. This fee is collected by the newspaper.
  • Guardian ad Litem/Attorney fees: These fees are the responsibility of the petitioner, or they can be paid from the person’s estate if the funds are available.
Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem
Upon the filing of a petition, the court will appoint a guardian ad litem for the person who is the subject of this petition. The guardian ad litem will meet with the individual and report to the court as to their findings and recommendations.

The Hearing
The hearing on the Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Incapacitated Individual will usually take place within 3 - 4 weeks after you file your petition. The petitioner must attend the hearing. The person who is the subject of the petition may attend the hearing if he or she wishes, but does not have to attend.

Required Forms

  • PC 571 (PDF) – Acceptance of Appointment (signed by any proposed guardian)
  • PC 625 (PDF) - Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Incapacitated Individual
Hearing Date & Service
When you file a completed Petition for Appointment of Guardian, you will get a Notice of Hearing in the mail, along with an Information Sheet for Petitions, which will provide information regarding how interested persons can be served.

You will then be responsible for serving a copy of the Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Incapacitated Individual and the Notice of Hearing on all interested persons.

If you filed anything in addition to the petition itself, you must also serve copies of those items upon all interested persons.

Please note that you may not change the person’s residence out of the county without a prior court order.

Note: These instructions are not meant to be exhaustive, but rather to give you general information. If your petition is contested or complex, it is recommended that you talk to an attorney.