|Job description||County Probate Courts handle administration of wills and estates. Term is four years.|
|Duties||Handles administration of wills and estates, such as distributing assets to beneficiaries and paying debts and taxes; hears lawsuits related to estates and probate matters.
Establishes guardianships for incapacitated persons and minors; handles civil mental health commitments; and hears cases related to family and charitable trusts.
Responsible for maintaining contact with every person under a guardianship each year.
|Mark W. Sullivan|
|Louis J. Stefanos|
Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.
What is your current occupation? Educational background?
Patricia Cole: Attorney at Decker Jones, PC. Law Degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law now known as A&M School of Law.
How do you maintain impartiality on the bench?
Patricia Cole: By having all proceedings in the courtroom where all parties can attend.
Do you feel the War on Drugs has been effective or ineffective?
Patricia Cole: As a judge, I should not have an opinion on the laws but instead should always follow the law.
What are your views on whether the court, as a whole, deals effectively with racial and gender bias?
Patricia Cole: I do not see where probate court has any racial or gender bias.
Do you believe that mental health and substance abuse treatment should be covered by health insurance plans?
Patricia Cole: I believe that all medical treatment is important and should be covered by health insurance plans, including mental health and substance abuse.