Location Information

Wexford County Probate Court

437 East Division Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: (231) 779-9510
Fax: (231) 779-9485
Hours: Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Court Staff

Hon. Edward D. Van Alst
Judge of Probate

Brenda Stoll
Probate Administrator & Register

Nicole Sidebottom
Deputy Clerk*

Theresa Ladd
Bookkeeper / Financial Officer*

*shared Duties with Family Division, 28th Circuit Court

Courts

Departments/Services

Cadillac-Wexford  Airport Authority
Length of term: 2 years

Raymond Hill (expires 12/31/20)
Bill King (expires 12/31/19)
Bill Paul (expires 12/31/19)
Nathan Paquin (expires 12/31/20)

Joeseph Barron-City Appointee (expires 10/15/20)
Karl Holder-City Appointee (expires 8/21/19)
Fred Osborn-City Appointee (expires 2/22/21)
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Cadillac-Wexford Public Library Board
Length of term: 5 years

Sandra Bengelink (expires 12/31/22)
Lee Jones (expires 12/31/19)
Linda Kimbel (expires 12/31/23)
Vicki Long (expires 12/31/20)
Brian Valice (expires 12/31/21)
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Cadillac-Wexford Transit Authority
Length of term: 2 years

Larry Copley (expires 12/31/20)
Rosanne Denny (expires 12/31/19)
Mark Howie (expires 12/31/20)
Eleanor Sosenko (expires 12/31/19)

Michael Hayes-City Appointee (expires 6/5/20)
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Construction Board of Appeals 
Length of term: 3 years

Paul Keller (expires 10/31/22)
Scott Kleinsorge (expires 10/31/20)
Stephen Perry (expires 10/31/22)
Mark Richardson (expires 10/31/21) 
Randy Williams (expires 10/31/21) 
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Department of Health & Human Services
Length of term: 3 years

Bob Colvin (expires 12/31/19)
Roger Hopkins (expires 12/31/20)

Yvonne Hebert-State Appointee (expires 2021)
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Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Services Board
Length of term: 3 years

Rosanne Denny (expires 3/31/20)
Ben Townsend (expires 3/31/21)
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Networks Northwest-Workforce Development Board
Length of term: 3 years

Ken Bollman (expires 12/31/19)
Leslie Nowlin (expires 12/31/21)
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Wexford County Road Commission
Length of term: 6 years

Harold Falan (expires 12/31/24)
Lorne Haase (expires 12/31/20)
Harry Hagstrom (expires 12/31/22)
Dean Jurik (expires 12/31/19)
Jim Leggett (expires 12/31/21)
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Veterans' Services Committee
Length of term: 4 years

Jack Baughan (expires 12/31/21)
Susan Marcum (expires 12/31/19)
Joe Porterfield (expires 12/31/22)
Gary Taylor (expires 12/31/20)
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Wexford Missaukee Community Corrections Advisory Board
Length of term: 2 years
All terms expire 12/31/19

Trent Taylor, Wexford Sheriff
Will Yancer, Missaukee Sheriff
William Fagerman, Circuit Court Judge
Adam Ottjepka, Chief of City Police Rep.
Audrey Van Alst, District Court Judge
Melissa Ransom, Probate Court Judge
Julie Theobald, Wexford Commissioner
Dean Smallegan, Missaukee Commissioner
Jason Elmore, Wexford PA
David DenHouten, Missaukee PA
Charles Kennard, Wexford Circuit Court Probation Agent
Laura O'Dell, Missaukee Circuit Court. Probation Agent
Kristie Hatinger, Dist. Court Probation
Johanna Carey, Wexford County Criminal Defense Attorney
Brian Hoffman, Missaukee County Criminal Defense Attorney
John Mellish, Rep. of Business Community
William Barnett, Rep. of Media Communications
Dale Rosser, Rep. of General Public
Cassandra Bugai, Rep. of Substance Abuse 

Probate Court

The Probate Court of Wexford County is established under provisions found in the Michigan Constitution which require a Probate Court in each county of the state. The function and jurisdiction of the Court is established by statutes which implement this Constitutional requirement. Probate Courts are given jurisdiction over many proceedings dealing with the health, well-being and property of Michigan residents, but the most common proceedings are:

  • Guardianships for Minors and Adults
  • Conservatorships and Protective Proceedings for Incapacitated Individuals and minors
  • Guardianships for Developmentally Disabled Adults
  • Administration of Decedent’s Estates
  • Administration of Trusts
  • Legal proceedings seeking Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

Historically, the Probate Court also was given exclusive jurisdiction in cases involving child neglect and abuse, juvenile delinquency, adoptions, emancipation of minors and name changes. In 1998, the legislature enacted a series of statutes which moved jurisdiction over these cases from the Probate Court to Circuit Court, and created the Family Division in that Court for these and other family- related cases which had already been within the Circuit Court’s jurisdiction. In Wexford County, like most counties in northern Michigan, the Probate Judge was designated the Presiding Judge of the Family Division.

The Wexford County Probate Court conducts regular office hours from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. Sessions of the Court are conducted daily, with each Thursday intended exclusively for the Probate docket. The Court is closed on the holidays designated by the Michigan Supreme Court, which are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.