Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alabama's probate judges are NOT lawyers

Alabama's probate judges, the folks caught in the middle of marriage equality, are not lawyers. Indeed there are no requirements for a probate judge in Alabama other than a) being a citizen of the state for at least a year and; b) being a US citizen for at least a day and; c) being elected to a six year term of office. That's it. Some of these people may not be college graduates. Salaries range from county to county. One can only imagine the potential for personal ineptitude in some rural counties of Alabama.

There seems little doubt that some of these folks are thoroughly intimidated by Roy Moore.

In effect the probate judge acts like a county secretary. The responsibilities of the Office of Probate include:
  • Probating Wills
  • Administering In testate Estates
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Adoptions
  • Legitimations
  • Condemnations
  • Establishing Cemeteries
  • Mental Commitments
  • Name Changes
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Marriage License Corrections
  • Annexations
  • Election Official for County

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