My name is Connie Jones and I am asking you to help elect me Probate Judge for Washtenaw County.
I am a long-time resident of Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor. I graduated from Huron High School and earned a BA degree from the University of Michigan and a JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
I have worked as an attorney for over 26 years. My practice has focused in the past 15 years mainly on probate law. In the Washtenaw County community, I have participated in and provided services to numerous nonprofit organizations, such as Ozone House, and I served a two-year appointment on the Ann Arbor Housing Commission.
As you learn more about me, I think you will agree that I have the right experience and I am the right choice for Probate Judge in Washtenaw County.
A Probate Judge in Washtenaw County hears evidence and makes decisions in a great variety of cases, primarily the types that are listed below.
• Estates – Settlement of the estates of deceased people who died with or without a will
• Trusts – Most matters regarding settlement, administration, and declaration of rights involving trusts, trustees, and beneficiaries of trusts
• Guardianships – Appointing Guardians and overseeing their roles with adult incapacited persons, cases of minor guardianships that are not handled in Juvenile Court, and people with developmental disabilities
• Conservatorships – Appointing Conservators, overseeing their roles, and issuing other orders that protect the assets or business affairs of both adults and minors who are judged to be vulnerable or incapacitated
• Civil commitments – Ordering treatment for persons who have been judged to need mental health treatment, but who might or might not agree to treatment
• Many others – Name changes, adoptions, emancipation of minors, interpretation or disputes about advance directives (including durable powers of attorney, patient advocate designation, and “do-not-resuscitate” orders), special issues regarding marriages (secret marriages, under-age marriages, ability to solemnize marriage), lost instruments concerning title to real property, kidney donations by minors, transfers of money to minors, and serving on the county election commission
If elected Probate Judge for Washtenaw County, I plan to work with the Court and its staff toward these goals:
I have known and worked with Connie Jones on critical progressive social issues since the early 1980s. Over the years, I have been consistently impressed with Connie’s commitment, her integrity, intelligence, compassion, and sound, calm judgement. That’s why I’m supporting her for Probate Judge.
Connie Jones will bring intellectual rigor, thoughtfulness, and common sense to the Probate court. She served on the Ozone House Board of Directors for 10 years and her strong leadership was vital in improving the effectiveness of Ozone’s services to high-risk youth. Based on her strong desire to be involved with important community and civic issues, she has worked with many other nonprofit organizations as well.