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Hampden County Register of Probate

The Register of Probate is effectively the Clerk of Courts for the Probate and Family Court within the county. Responsibilities include records and case management, assisting the justices in court, and working with the involved parties. The Probate and Family Court Department has jurisdiction over family-related and probate matters, such as divorce, paternity, child support, custody, parenting time, adoption, termination of parental rights, and abuse prevention. It also handles wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and changes of name. The Register of Probate is a state office within the Judicial Branch, and the term of office is six years. All 14 counties are electing a Register of Probate in 2020.

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    Lori A. Landers-Carvalho
    (I)

  • Rosemary A. Saccomani
    (Dem)

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What are the principal challenges facing the Register of Probate?

As the Register of Probate deals with cases involving family-related matters, what skills or experience do you possess to ensure that you will assist and protect all individuals, families and children in an impartial and respectful manner?

Campaign Phone (413) 883-0290
Campaign Email electlorirop@gmail.com
I have been an attorney for 30 years and am currently the Assistant Register of Probate in the Hampden Probate and Family Court. I have been working in this court for 16 years. I first served as Family Law Facilitator by helping thousands of low-income, self-represented parties complete forms and learn the laws, rules, and procedures relevant to their cases. Prior to that I was in private practice for 14 years representing children and parents in the Probate and Family and Juvenile Courts.
The Register must keep accurate, complete, and efficient records of the Probate and Family Court while providing excellent customer service and access to justice for all parties. This takes great leadership skills and innovative thinking. Since the pandemic, procedures have changed significantly and often. The Register must be adaptable to lead her staff and continue to serve the families of Hampden County while treating everyone with dignity and respect. I have experience leading the office.
As FLF I worked with individuals as well as opposing parties at the same time. I have had continuing legal education throughout my career, resulting in my being able to stay current with the laws, rules, and procedures as they evolve. I understand the struggles people experience when their family unit breaks down, having worked with them as their attorney, mentor, mediator, advisor, and counselor. I have objectively helped both sides of many conflicts, while maintaining an even temperament.
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