Friday, March 20, 2020

Michigan Courts Limit Proceedings

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the State's trial courts to "limit court activity to only essential functions."  We recognize that to anyone involved with the courts, whether through Estate Administration, Guardianship Proceedings or any other process, there is no such thing as a routine matter.  However, in an effort to protect everyone's health, the Court's have taken this unprecedented step to limit exposure to Clients and court personnel to the COVID-19 virus.  Many routine proceedings have been rescheduled to a later date.  Additionally, the Court will be making increased use of video technology where it is necessary and possible to do so.  We ask for your patience and understanding as the Courts continue to grapple with this new environment and as new procedures continue to develop.

Please contact us if you are concerned about the impact of the Court's decision on your current situation.  Be assured that many legal matters, including estate and business planning concerns, can be fully addressed at this time.

With respect to Probate matters, "essential functions" of the Court includes:

  • Emergency petitions for Guardianship
  • Estates where immediate access to residence is necessary under MCL 700.5407
  • Petitions for immediate funeral / burial arrangements pursuant to MCL 700.3206 and 700.3614.
  • Emergency petitions filed by Adult Protective Services, matters involving protective orders, and matters involving involuntary mental health treatment or hospitalization.

The Court may also hear other emergency orders at its discretion.  Additionally, the Courts are working with the County Clerks' offices to ensure that court pleadings will continue to be accepted by other means in the event that in-person filing is limited due to the state of emergency. This order is in effect through April 3, 2020 but may be extended if conditions warrant.

With offices in East Lansing and Troy, the Fraleigh Law Firm, PLLC assists clients throughout the state of Michigan, including Lansing, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant, Troy, Saginaw, Frankenmuth, Muskegon, Sandusky, Bad Axe, Gaylord, Sault Ste. Marie, Waterford, Howell, Farmington Hills, Novi, and Port Huron in Ingham County, Eaton County, Clinton County, Shiawassee County, Livingston County, Ogemaw County, Gratiot County, Lapeer County, Sanilac County, Oakland County, and Newaygo County.

Fraleigh Law Firm, PLLC, is a Michigan company, providing legal services only in the State of Michigan.

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