|Johnston named to serve dual role in probate office|
|Written by News Desk|
|Saturday, 07 September 2013 08:38|
Probate Judge John Enslen recently named Parker Johnston of Millbrook (pictured) to serve a dual role in the Elmore County Probate Office
Special to The Indy
Elmore County Probate Judge John Enslen has appointed Millbrook attorney Parker C. Johnston to serve as Elmore County's first county conservator and county estate administrator. These two positions, established many decades ago by Alabama law, have remained vacant in Elmore County until now. The term of the appointment will be concurrent with Judge Enslen's six year term which commenced in mid-January of this year.
The position of conservator and estate administrator will not be funded by Elmore County taxpayers, Enslen explained, but rather by a portion paid from the estates under Mr. Johnston's responsibility.
The Probate Court appoints a conservator in situations where an individual is unable to manage his or her monies and financial affairs due to incapacity or mental impairment, or when the individual is a minor child. The county conservator has the responsibility of collecting and preserving the individual's assets and managing them for the individual's sole benefit.
As county estate administrator, Johnston will be called upon to collect and manage the estates of Elmore County residents who die without a last will and testament and who have no relative or friend qualified to serve as personal representative.
Judge Enslen is confident of Johnston's ability to handle the job and knows Johnston through a long working relationship. "The positions of county conservator and county administrator are unique positions of trust that call for high standards of honesty. I practiced law with Parker for about 15 years, and I know from my own personal experiences that he is trustworthy and can be relied upon to manage with absolute integrity the assets of those who cannot handle their own assets. Mr. Johnston will nevertheless annually report to the Court with respect to his management of all assets under his care, and he will be bonded and subject to audit."
Judge Enslen's appointment of a county conservator and administrator will particularly benefit families and individuals who are without someone to manage their financial affairs or the affairs of an estate or who cannot afford the sometimes significant expenses associated with a conservatorship or estate administration.
Johnston in his 24th year of the private practice of law and is partnered with his associate attorney, Jerry Daniel. Daniel will assist in Johnston's duties as county conservator and administrator. The firm, Johnston and Daniel, maintains offices in Millbrook and in Foley, Alabama.
Johnston is the son of the late Jack Johnston, long-time Elmore County Tax Collector, and Sue Johnston. He is a graduate of Edgewood Academy, Auburn University and the University Alabama School of Law. Daniel, USAF retired, is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and of the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.
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