We are located in Southeast Michigan and are one of the fastest growing counties in Michigan. Livingston County consists of 16 townships, 2 villages and 2 cities. The county contains a diverse mix of rural agricultural areas, historic downtowns, suburban development, lake-side living and large recreational lands. Home to two metro parks (Kensington and Huron Meadows), 3 state recreation areas (Island Lake, Brighton, and Pinckney), 1 state park (Lakelands Trail), 2 state game areas, 1 wildlife area, 2 Livingston County parks (Lutz and Fillmore), and numerous local parks, Livingston County has an abundance of recreational opportunities. Livingston County offers 163 park acres per 1,000 residents, more than any other county in Southeast Michigan.
Under the direction of the Probate Judge 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.
Pay Rate Information:
The Probate Register/Hearing Officer is a non-union position, and starting pay is $65,674.00 / year. This position is eligible for step pay increases within our Grade 11S Wage Scale. Top end of the current wage scale for this position is $85,377.00.
Benefits with this Position Include:
Competitive compensation plan
Hybrid pension plan which includes a Defined Benefit & 401a with an employer match
Comprehensive Medical, Pharmacy, Dental & Vision
Telemedicine Doctor Visits
Optional Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation plan
Short-term & Long-term disability & Basic Life & AD&D insurance
Health & Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts
Paid vacation, sick days & 13 Holidays. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
Up to $500 annual Wellness reimbursement* & $100 incentive for completing your annual physical & Health Assessment.
Voluntary benefits such as Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital & Whole Life policies
Employee Assistance Program
Pro-rated based on DOH
Essential Job Functions:
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
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.
Performs other duties as directed.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.
Requirements include the following:
Bachelors Degree and two years of progressively more responsible court experience including supervisory experience. Juris Doctorate preferred.
The Courts, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.
Michigan Vehicle Operator's License.
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.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of probate law, conducting legal research, and applicable local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
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.
Skill in assembling and analyzing data, preparing comprehensive and accurate reports, and formulating policy and service recommendations.
Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing, and making presentations in public forums.
Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with County employees, contractors to the County, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public.
Ability to assess situations, solve problems, work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in emergency situations.
Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications, the County's financial software and County, court and state software databases.
Ability to attend meetings scheduled at times other than normal business hours.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and by telephone, read regular and small print, view and produce written and electronic documents and enter data on a computer keyboard with repetitive keystrokes. The employee must be mobile in an office setting, stand, sit, stoop and kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must lift or push/pull objects up to 15 lbs. without assistance. Accommodations will be made, as needed, for office employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight.
The typical work environment of this job is a business office setting where the noise level is quiet and sometimes moderate.