The Sagadahoc County Register of Probate, Joan Atwood, is retiring on January 30, 2015 after a long and successful tenure.  Because she was elected as a Democrat, the Governor must name a Democrat to complete the remaining two years of her term and he must choose from a short list of applicants recommended by the Sagadahoc County Democratic Committee.

The position is an important one and we are seeking qualified candidates to continue the tradition of compassionate excellence Joan has established.  If you, or someone you know, is an experienced administrator with an interest in probate issues and/or public service,  please review the requirements in the Maine Probate Code (MRS Title 18-A), and check out the job description below.

To be considered for the SCDC recommended list, send an electronic version of your resume and a brief statement of why you want the job to by 5 pm, Tuesday, January 20.

Sagadahoc County Register of Probate Unofficial Job Description

(compiled from the statute and information provided by the current Register)*

Duties and Responsibilities

The Register of Probate is an officer of the Court under the jurisdiction of the Judge of Probate.  Both Register and Judge are elected every four years.  Because it is a small office in a small county, the Sagadahoc Register must know how to handle all types of probate files and cases.

Administers Probate Office and supervises staff

  • full-time Deputy,
  • part-time Clerk)

Has the care and custody of all files, papers and books belonging to the Probate Office including:

  • all Wills probated formally or informally
  • letters of authority issued re personal representative,guardianship, or conservatorship
  • bonds approved
  • accounts filed or allowed
  • all informal applications & findings, all petitions, decrees, orders or judgements of the judge including those related to
    • adoptions,
    • changes of names
    • and as the judge directs

Keeps a docket of all probate cases which must be up to date at all times

Collects fees for filing and copying of probate forms, makes deposits to appropriate accounts       and reports all transactions to the County Treasurer by the 15th of each month.


By Statute:

  • Must be bonded in the amount of $2500 re performance of duties and proper accounting

Per outgoing Register:

  • Compassion and willingness to listen to members of the public in need of Probate services
  • Expert interpersonal communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of office systems and computer programs
  • Willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail
  • Good follow-through and ability to meet deadlines

 Hours and Remuneration

  • The position is classified as full-time with a stated work week of 37.5 hours, but as an elected official, the Register is free to set his/her own hours.
  • Salary determined by County Commissioners in keeping with pay scale of other County employees.
  • Excellent Benefits including
    • Health Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Retirement Account options

*There is no official job description either in the Probate Code or on file in the County Administrator’s Office.  This unofficial description was compiled from the statute and conversations with the current Register, Joan Atwood.  For additional information see the following links:

1) MRS Title 18A Probate Code, Section 5 Registers of Probate:

2) Probate page of Sagadahoc County website:

3) Website for Maine Registers of Probate with official forms for probate transactions:



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