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Department: Registry of Probate                  Job Title: Clerk/Secretary

Classification: Non-Exempt/Hourly              Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Starting Salary: $15.50/hr                            Total Hours: Full-Time Position 35 hours

Statute Reference:       Title 18-C Probate Code

Job Summary:


The position of Clerk/Secreatary in the Probate Court is a full-time position designed to assist the Register and Deputy in completing the Court work and accomplishing any task that the Register/Deputy Register may direct.

  1. Representative Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Register of Probate or Deputy Register of Probate:

The Clerk performs quasi-paralegal work under the direct supervision of the Registrar and the Deputy Registrar and deals directly with several facets of the daily work load. The Clerk must have a thorough knowledge of all probate proceedings and be able to act independently when receiving new filings. The Clerk also works as the receptionist and assists the public as needed regarding probate matters. The Clerk may be requested under direct supervision to perform one or all of the duties listed in the itemization of duties of the Register as follows.

  1. Indexing, docketing and filing of probate cases in a timely and accurate fashion;
  1. The preparation of court orders to be signed by the Registrar or Judge;
  2. The preparation of other documents and correspondence;
  3. Prepare informal probate and appointment documents under the direct supervision of the Registrar/Deputy Registrar
  4. Review documents filed with the Probate Court and assesses its adequacy, accuracy and timeliness;
  5. Docket and electronic scanning of records.
  6. Prepare abstracts of Wills and Appointment for the Registrar of Deeds;
  7. Prepares letters of authority, letters of guardianship, letters of conservatorship, certificates of adoption, certificates of name change, certificates of appointment, certified copies and authenticated copies to be signed and completed by the Registrar;
  8. Answers inquiries from attorneys, the public, concerning matters before the Probate Court;
  9. Prepare and distribute the court calendar annually;
  10. Keeps abreast of Law Court decision, legislative changes; and changes promulgated by the Supreme Judicial Court;
  11. Take dictation from Judge and Registrar on Orders; transcribes and is responsible for mailing out of such Orders;
  12. Assist Register on Court days in Court room as needed.
  1. Specifications/Qualifications:
  1. Generally:
  1. Knowledge of court procedures, legal documents, laws and legal facts

pertaining to the court preferred;

  1. Ability to interact effectively with court personnel, the Judge, the public

Attorneys, administration, and the County Commissioners.

  1. Knowledge of legal terminology and legal forms preferred;
  2. Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures;
  3. Knowledge of the organization, functions and responsibilities of the Probate Court;
  4. Knowledge of the administrative and clerical procedures followed by the Probate Court preferred;
  5. Knowledge of personnel systems and the principles of personnel administration
  6. Ability to gather and compile appropriate information for special projects and reports;
  7. Ability to transcribe hearings, notes and documents.

Minimum Qualifications: High school Diploma or equivalent. Some College preferred and/or extensive training in legal settings. Some knowledge of Probate preferred. Business background and familiarity with office procedures preferred. Knowledge of the Maine Estate and Probate Law as well as Maine Family Law preferred.

  • Working Conditions and Job Hazards:


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform some of the essential functions. This office position requires the ordinary demands of any secretarial office. You might type for a period of 30 minutes of more continuously but a lot of the typing and docketing is stop and start typing, and is not continuous in nature. The basic storing and retrieving of files is involved. The only item of lifting that is required is the moving of large older dockets, which may weigh about 15 pounds each. These are older books and as time passes we will be using them less.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them form the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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