Judge of the Orphans' Court
In 2017 I was honored to be appointed as one of three Frederick County Judges of the Orphans' Court by Governor Larry Hogan. In 2018 I was designated Chief Judge of the Orphans' Court.
As the only incumbent and experienced candidate, it is my goal to promote and educate on the role of this commonly overlooked court. I wish to raise awareness of the need for everyone to consider estate planning and advance directives well in advance of finding the need to act upon them.
It is my belief that families should have discussions with one another about their final wishes, and put them to paper appropriately, thereby limiting the need for someone else's interpretation and court intervention.
We have very little control over death, but the power to make everlasting decisions, now, that will affect our loved ones indefinitely.
My family's farm was involved in an 8 year probate process some time back; this left a deep impact on me while at the same time I was just beginning a career in judicial security. The future of our "bicentennial" farm was at stake and this left the question of whether it would be sustainable for the newest of the 11 generations of our family. The serious impacts on families and loved ones after death are not lost on me and this understanding only adds to my desire to continue serving in this capacity.
I ask to be one of your candidates for Judge of the Orphans’ Court, I have the experience and understand the stress involved in making life changing decisions and the events that can occur as we lose our loved ones. I wish to continue to lend an empathetic ear, exact fairness, and execute the necessary decisions by applying the laws of our great State of Maryland.
I leave you with one question. "What's in your will?"