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200 Division St., Suite 280
Petoskey, MI  49770
(231) 348-1764

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

      Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, through Friday, April 10, 2020, the 7th Probate District Court in Emmet County and Charlevoix County will be closed. Only emergency matters will be processed and heard as necessary.
      In accordance with Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-2, the following emergency hearings will still be scheduled and held as necessary.
        1) Child protective proceedings:
            a. Hearings required within 24 hours of taking a child into protective custody
            b. Permanency planning hearings
        2) Juvenile delinquency proceedings:
            a. Hearings required within 24 hours of a juvenile’s apprehension or detention
            b. Arraignments for in-custody designated and adult comt waiver proceedings
        3) Proceedings regarding involuntary mental health treatment, including:
            a. Pick-up/transport orders
            b. Petitions for initial or continuing involuntary hospitalization
        4) Waiver of parental consent proceedings
        5) Safe delivery of newborns proceedings
        6) Petitions for immediate funeral/burial arrangements
        7) Emergency petitions filed by Adult Protective Services
        8) Emergency petitions for guardianship
        9) Emergency conservatorship and protective order
        10) Estates where immediate access to residence is necessary
        11) Ex parte requests for temporary restraining orders
        12) Other emergency matters at the discretion of the Court
      All emergency filings should be submitted electronically, if possible. Our service windows will be closed at this time. All business will be conducted by telephone, fax, or email.
      For emergency filings, if you are unable to file electronically, you may call the court at the number listed below to make filing arrangements.
        Emmet County contact information: Lisa Muneio, Court Administrator, call (231) 348-1764 or by email lmuneio@emmetcounty.org. Anyone needing to fax a document to the Emmet County court can do so to (231) 348-0672.
        Charlevoix County contact information: Tim Smith, Court Administrator, call (231) 547-7214 or by email probatecourt@charlevoixcounty.org. Anyone needing to fax a document to the Charlevoix County court can do so to (231) 547-7256.
      Juvenile probationers will have weekly contact with their probation officer by FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or other electronic commmunication.
      Juvenile drug court treatment meetings and hearings are canceled until further notice.
      Regular court operations will resume on Monday, April 13, 2020, unless public health concerns require further restrictions.
      This action is being taken in response to the State of Emergency declarations by the Governor of Michigan and the President of the United States to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce the risk posed to the public, court staff, and others, while protecting the legal rights of our citizens. These measures will be updated as circumstances require.
      Court forms are available on the State Court Administrative Office’s website at https://courts.michigan.gov/administration/scao/forms/pages/search-for-a-form.aspx
      Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
      Hon. Valerie K. Snyder
      Probate Court Judge


Probate Court Judge

The Hon. Valerie K. Snyder


Probate Court Staff

Lisa Muneio, Court Administrator

Debra Niswander, Register of Probate

Cindy Brubacher, Juvenile Register

About the Probate & Family Court

The Probate Court division handles wills, administers estates and trusts, appoints guardians and conservators, and orders treatment for mentally ill and developmentally disabled persons. There are 78 probate courts in Michigan; probate judges are elected for six-year terms. The court is located on the upper level of the County Building.

Additional Resources

Peace of Mind:  A Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions 

Additional Court information: www.michigan.gov

Probate Court Forms as approved by the State of Michigan

All State Court Administrative Office Approved Court Forms

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
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