MOUNT VERNON — The Juvenile Court judge is also the Probate Court judge, but probate takes up only a fraction of the judge’s time.
According to Ronk, probate court generally takes up a couple hours of his time each Monday; the rest of the week is taken up by juvenile court. Most of the probate work consists of filings that are handled by a pair of clerks in the court office.
On the probate side, Ronk said a lot of probate court work is processing papers, settling debts and perfecting titles.
“When people, settling an estate for example, don’t know where to start, they come here,” he said.
Sometimes, when families argue over things like inheritances and trusts, the court has to get involved, but generally clerks handle most of the work and are knowledgeable about the process.
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