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Hall seeks probate judge office

Published 7:46pm Friday, February 10, 2012

Laurie S. Hall has announced her candidacy for the office of Marengo County Probate Judge. She will run as a Democrat.

Hall, an attorney with Lloyd & Dinning, LLC, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Troy State University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and is licensed with Alabama Board of Nursing and Alabama Bar Association.

Hall said her practical background in probate law makes her a good fit for the county’s probate judge seat.

“I am a licensed, practicing attorney with years of experience in probate law,” she said. “I practice probate law on a daily basis, and my practice brings me into the court of the probate judge routinely. I have experience in all areas of probate practice and will be able to use this expertise immediately if elected probate judge.”

Spending time in the probate system as an attorney, Hall said, has allowed her to see first hand the operation of the office.

“I rarely ever see long lines, the records room is very clean and well-organized and the staff are very experienced,” she said. “If elected, I will perform a thorough internal evaluation of the functionality of the office to make a more appropriate determination of what areas need improvement, if any, and take whatever steps necessary to make those changes.”

Hall, a Myrtlewood resident, has never sought political office before but said she sees the opportunity to serve as the county’s Probate Judge as the logical continuation of her career.

“When I entered college, I had a career plan to obtain a degree in nursing, obtain experience in several medical areas, then go back to graduate school to obtain a further degree,” she said. “After obtaining my nursing degree, license and working for several years, I went to law school and obtained my Juris Doctorate. I have been practicing law for the past several years. During this time I have obtained experience in and developed a great interest in probate law, which led me to making the decision to run for the office of Probate Judge. When Judge Cindy Neilson announced her intent to retire, I knew this was my opportunity to put my experience to further use to help and serve the people of this county and community.”

Hall said she, if elected, she would use her time in office to give fair consideration to the concerns of the citizens of this county and would work with legislation to improve the laws regarding probate matters, including the laws regarding estates, involuntary commitments and the new immigration and citizenship laws.

“I am a hard-working, honest, God fearing, self-motivated individual and I will work hard to be sure that all of Marengo County’s citizens are treated fairly, professionally and justly,” she said.

Laurie is married to Mitchell Hall and they are members of Linden Baptist Church.

– from staff reports

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