Adult Conservatorships And Protective Orders
What you need to know before filing a petition to appoint a conservator or issue a protective order for an adult
Please review What You Need to Know Before Filing a Petition to Appoint a Conservator, which provides information on adult conservatorships and on their alternatives.
Filing the Petition
In order to ask the court for a conservator or a protective order you must complete Petition for Appointment of Conservator or Protective Order and file it with the court. If you have questions on how to fill out the Petition, read Instructions for its completion. Which is located on the third page of the form Petition for Appointment of Conservator or Protective Order.
In order to file a petition for conservatorship or protective order you must pay a $175 filing fee (cash, check, money order, and credit or debit card payments). Make checks or money orders made out to Ingham County Probate Court.
Investigation Fee and Certified Copy Fee
Once you file your petition, an investigator will be appointed to gather information about the request 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 may also be assessed if there is an additional investigation based on a request for a temporary conservator of protective order.
If you wish to receive a certified copy of the Letters of Conservatorship if and when a conservator is appointed, there is a statutorily-fixed $11 fee for this copy.
After you file your petition
If and when you decide to petition for conservatorship or protective order, 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 to all interested persons (including publishing notice on any interested person whose whereabouts are unknown)
- File a Proof of Service indicating that you have informed all relevant people in a timely manner.
More details on this are available at Adult Conservatorships and Protective Orders: Service Information.