Probate Judge:

The Honorable Robert S. Sykes, Jr.

Probate Court Personnel

Sallie Possehn, Probate Register
Stephanie Bennett, Court Recorder, Deputy Probate Register
Kelsi Guernsey, Deputy Probate Register

The Ionia County Probate Court has jurisdiction over the following cases:
  • Conservatorship and Protective Order for Adults and Minors
  • Estates, Trusts and Wills
  • Guardianship for Adults, Minors and Developmentally Disabled Persons
  • Mental Health Treatment
  • Secret Marriage Records
The following Family Court cases are heard in the Probate Court:
  • Adoptions
  • Child Protection Proceedings
  • Emancipations
  • Juvenile Delinquencies
  • Juvenile Guardianships
  • Juvenile Personal Protection Orders
  • Name Changes
Court Forms

SCAO-Approved Court Forms

Frequently Requested Forms

Affidavit of Decedent’s Successor for Delivery of Certain Assets Owned by Decedent

Certification From the Heir to a Vehicle

Forms to Open a Decedent’s Estate, Informal, Unsupervised

Probate Court Fee Schedule (Filing Fees)

Jury Duty

Jurors serve for a three month term. For an up-to-date jury trial schedule call the court Monday through Friday after 5:00 p.m. or anytime on weekends, (616) 527-5326. You may also request to receive notice via email by emailing Also, to confirm a jury trial is still scheduled call the court the night before after 5:00 p.m.


Americans With Disabilities Act

Probate Court

Robert S. Sykes, Jr.
Probate Judge

100 West Main Street
Ionia, Michigan 48846

(616) 527-5326

(616) 527-5321


Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM