Probate Court


Contact the Court


Barry County Courts & Law Building
206 W Court St, Ste 302
Hastings MI 49058

Main: (269) 945-1390
Fax: (269) 948-3322

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Change of Name
Inventory Fee Calculator
Power of Attorney
Supervised Probate
Unsupervised Probate – Formal
Unsupervised Probate – Informal
Probate Administration of a Decedent’s Estate
Affidavit of Decedents Successor
Juvenile Probation



Meet Judge William M. Doherty >>>

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. A major function of the court is the administration of deceased estates. It is the court’s task to interpret wills in the event of uncertainty or conflict over the will’s meaning. The court may also determine rights to an estate where the person has died “intestate” (without a will). This function of the court demonstrates one of the important purposes of courts in our society — they make a formal record of the legal status of property.