Houghton County Office Directory

Probate Court
Houghton County Courthouse, 2nd Floor
401 East Houghton Avenue
Houghton, Michigan 49931


Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Probate Judge - Fraser T. Strome
Probate Register - Tracey L. Beauchamp
Kathryn Lassila - Deputy Probate Register
Court Reporter - Nanette M. Foster
Probate Court has jurisdiction of all estates, guardianships, conservatorships, developmentally disabled individuals, and mental illnesses. Filing information and forms are available at the State Court website, http://courts.michigan.gov  

Estates: $150.00 filing fee; $20.00 petition/claim fee; $20.00 accounting fee; and, inventory fee based on value of estate.

Small Estates: (Estates under $20,000) $25.00 filing fee, and inventory fee based on value of estate.

Guardianships: (Adults and minors) $150.00 filing fee; annual report required not subject to additional filing fees; physician’s report required.

Guardianships: (Developmentally Disabled Individual) No fees; mental health/ physician’s report required.

Conservatorships: (Adults and minors) $150.00 filing fee; annual account required with $20.00 filing fee; physician’s report required.

Mental Illness: All petitions must be approved by Prosecuting Attorney prior to filing with court; no fees.

Wills: $25.00 safekeeping filing fee.

General: Genealogy: $20.00 search fee - records from 1872 forward

Copying fees: (any record) $1.00 per page.

Records Request Form
For your convenience you may use the form below to request your vital records. 

The form is presented in PDF format. If you can not view the documents, you will need to install the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader ®.