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Probate Attorney/Register/Hearing Officer The candidate develops and implements programs and policies to improve court services, and maintain compliance with statute and court rules. Supervises and directs the performance of work required of the estates/mental division of the Probate Court. Supervises and participates in the intake, review, and administration of guardianships, conservatorships and other probate matters. Responsible for processing all informal probate proceedings. Develops and implements departmental policies and procedures to improve court services. Assigns or delegates responsibility for assignment of work, directs personnel, evaluates performance of employees and assures necessary training and professional development. Facilitates communication and collaboration by the Probate Court with other courts, the Prosecuting Attorney's office, community organizations, law enforcement agencies, Michigan Department of Human Services personnel, schools, the Board of Commissioners, and others to promote efficient and effective administration of justice and delivery of service. Conducts monthly training for conservatorships. Investigates and resolves problems and complaints that are referred by Judges, staff, clients, attorneys, Commissioners, other County departments or the general public. Defines management information requirements and oversees the collection, compilation and analysis of statistical data. Prepares or directs the preparation of required reports, including reports required by the State Court Administrative Office, and analyzes data, including statistical activity reports, reports on placements, grant reports, collection reports, and others as directed. Oversees the processing and maintenance of all records of the Probate Court and estimates future caseloads to project possible changes in staffing or processing procedures. Conducts hearings in accordance with the applicable statutes and court rules in matters under the jurisdiction of the Probate Court as directed by the Probate Judge. Reviews probate files for statutory compliance before hearings are scheduled. Reviews guardianship proposal documents. Monitors qualifications and appointment of professional guardians as well as contract of guardianship reviewer. Liaison for Michigan and Livingston County Bar Association and Michigan Probate Registers Association. Serves on other committees as appointed. Advises and answers questions for attorneys and the general public on probate court procedures. Oversees appointment and payment of guardians' ad litem and court-appointed attorneys. Keeps abreast of legislative and regulatory developments, new administrative techniques, and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have Juris Doctorate degree and 2+ years of progressively more responsible court experience including supervisory experience. License to practice law in the State of Michigan and a member in good standing with the Michigan Bar Association is required. Thorough knowledge of the professional public management techniques involved in budgeting, personnel administration and resource management, and the ability to identify and implement new best practices is needed. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of probate law, conducting legal research, and applicable local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations is must. Considerable knowledge of the State of Michigan Probate Court system, court procedures and practices, analyzing and researching statues and case law, preparing and interpreting legal documents, interpreting evidence, and maintaining case files is essential.
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