Tag: Register of Wills

Byron Reflects on Five-Year Anniversary as Register

Five years ago today I was sworn in as Register of Wills for Howard County. As I think back, I’m reminded of my family and friends who were with me from the beginning and the new friends and supporters I’d met during that campaign. We proved that a grassroots campaign inspired by compassion and service to others could defy the odds, overcome prejudice and win.

Today I also reflect on what I’ve done with this tremendous opportunity. Five years ago I hit the ground running and haven’t slowed down. My goal has been to provide the people of Howard County with the kind of government they deserve – efficient, caring, and progressive. With the support of the dedicated professionals I am fortunate to work with, my office provides just that. We ensure that grieving families get the answers and guidance they need when they need it most, and leave here knowing that we care. I speak with public employees, seniors, college students, church groups, and civic organizations to give them the tools to plan for the future and protect their families. I have led and continue to lead efforts to implement statewide reforms to make probate in Maryland faster and fairer. And I have been committed to making this office operate – from accounting to communication, procurement, technology and otherwise – at peak efficiency.

Going forward, there’s a lot of work to be done to better serve the people of Howard County and the state of Maryland. And there is a lot of work to be done to restore confidence in government. I’ll keep doing my part by working hard and delivering results.

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Byron Re-Elected With 73,537 Votes

Facing no primary or general election opponent, Byron was officially re-elected as Register of Wills for Howard County with 73,357 votes – one of the highest vote totals for any candidate in Howard County history. “I am extremely grateful for the confidence the people of Howard County have placed in me to serve them in a second term as Register. There is much more work to be done to enhance our technological capabilities and improve the legal framework for probate to make this process easier, fairer, and less expensive for all Maryland families. I intend to continue to lead the efforts to accomplish these goals.”

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Byron Elected President of the Maryland Register of Wills Association

On Thursday, September 17, 2013, Byron Macfarlane was elected President of the Maryland Register of Wills Association. Receiving the unanimous support of his colleagues to take on this leadership post, he was sworn in immediately. The Association’s mission is to form collaborative relationships among the Registers of Wills from Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, to improve services, establish uniform procedures, advocate for legislation that will benefit the public, enhance services through new technology, and to partner with other government agencies to best serve the public. Byron’s goals for his term include technological advances for the Association and the Registers’ offices, moving the Registers closer to e-filing, and continuing to build relationships with stakeholders across Maryland.

Byron had previously served as Vice President from 2012-2013. He also served on the Personnel and Automation Committees since 2010 and chaired the Legislative Committee from 2011-2013.

Byron being sworn in by Assistant Attorney General David Hayes. To Byron’s right are Karen Lemon (Wicomico County), Loraine Hennessy (Charles County), and Rita Watson (Garrett County), who were sworn in as Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, respectively.
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Register Macfarlane Hosts Legislative Update with Local Attorneys

On May 30, 2013, Register of Wills Macfarlane hosted numerous local estates & trusts attorneys to provide them with an update on legislation enacted by the Maryland General Assembly in its 2013 session. The meeting was held in the Orphans’ Court hearing room, where various changes were discussed at length.

Register Macfarlane began this annual tradition in 2012 to ensure an open and constructive dialogue with local practitioners. He explains how his office will implement new procedures and offers guidance on best practices to ensure efficient and timely administration of estates. He also obtains feedback and input from attorneys on future legislation. As a member of the Maryland Register of Wills Association’s Legislative Committee, of which he is a past chair, Mr. Macfarlane finds these viewpoints extremely valuable in shaping the Association’s legislative agenda. These meetings also fulfill the pledge he made when he ran for Register in 2010 to be active and engaged with community groups across Howard County. He will hold another session in May of 2014.

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