Probate Information

Probate Information
Acting for Adults Who Become Disabled

Provided by the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan



Guardianship & Conservatorship can be Modified or Terminated

The individual or any interested person may petition the court to modify or end a guardianship or conservatorship. The court may also change a guardian or conservator's powers.


Obtaining Legal Assistance

Serving as a guardian or conservator requires technical expertise. Often, it is necessary to retain the services of an attorney, accountant, bank trust department, investment counselor, family counselor, or other professional. Since the professional's proposed fee is paid from the assets of the individual, the probate court must approve any amount paid to professionals. Guardians and conservators must monitor the work of those they hire to provide services to or for the incapacitated or protected individual. The probate court clerks cannot provide legal advice, but there are helpful packets of information available for purchase at the probate court counter.

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This brochure is for informational purposes only. The information provided in this brochure is not legal advice. You can get legal advice from a lawyer who is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. You can find legal help at You can find a lawyer who knows about helping disabled adults by searching for a lawyer in your area and using the practice area search terms “guardianship & conservatorship. The information provided may be modified or rendered incorrect by future legislative or judicial developments and may not be applicable to any individual reader's facts and circumstances.

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