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Chippewa County 17th Probate Court


319 Court Street

Garden Level (Basement)

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm



Probate Judge: Hon. Eric G. Blubaugh

Probate Register: Michelle Brosco

Deputy Probate Register: Vicki Lewis

Probate Clerk: Jasmin Estes

About the Chippewa County Probate Court


The Chippewa County Probate Court has records dating back to 1828. The first Judge of Probate in Chippewa County was Honorable Francis Audrain. In 1828, the State of Michigan was considered the Northwest Territory and became a State on January 26, 1837.


Probate Court has jurisdiction and handles various types of cases, including:

  • Decedent's estates

  • Small estates

  • Mentally ill matters

  • Guardianships and/or conservatorships of both children and adults

  • Protective orders

  • Limited guardianships of both children and adults

  • Guardianships for developmentally disabled individuals

  • Names changes

  • Will deposit for decedent or deposit for safekeeping

  • Applications to open safe deposit boxes

  • Safe delivery of newborn

  • Administration of Trusts

  • Condemnation and drain cases


Attorneys and Probate Court


While there is no legal requirement that people use an attorney for probate proceedings, it is highly recommended. Probate proceedings of all types can be complex and difficult to understand.

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