From time to time my life gets crazy busy…so in order to continue to provide additional content on the blog I allow others to chip in…Elizabeth Fitch (Candidate for Judge of the Orphans’ Court) wrote a piece I am happy to share:
Hello Howard County! My name is Elizabeth Ann Fitch, and I want to serve you as a Judge of the Orphans’ Court to help fairly, accurately, and quickly resolve legal disputes over wills and estates.Of course, I’m asking for your vote.However, this is really about YOU!About YOUR needs, and how I, among all candidates, can best meet your needs.By introducing myself, I hope you see the qualities that you feel best suit this opportunity to serve you and Howard County.
Having lived in Maryland all my life, I’ve committed to community service and the law.Ellicott City is home to me and my husband, John, and our daughters, Claire and Grace.John is a U.S. Army veteran, Claire graduated from Wilde Lake High School in 2014, and Grace is finishing 8th grade at Burleigh Manor.Still, I can’t forget Buddy, our one-year old Boxer, my role model for loyalty.
As the only candidate who attended law school to focus on wills, trusts & estates, along with business and tax law, I am the best trained to serve you as a Judge of the Orphans’ Court.My professional legal training focused on how to write, read, and interpret estate documents, while I polished my legal research and writing.Additionally, I served the Orphans’ Court and the Maryland Court of Appeals – Maryland’s highest court, while completing my education and raising a family.This experience gives me great insight into the Orphans’ Court and how it may grow and evolve with some fresher ideas.
I have gained practical, client-centered experience at the law firm of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White, the region’s premier litigation firm.As a judge, I will work diligently to fairly, accurately, and quickly administer wills and estates.Implementation of mediation and community outreach programs are among the fresh ideas I bring to you.Further, my technical knowledge of the Court’s inner workings gives me insight on even more fresh ideas that can capture efficiencies in the administration of justice.
Demonstrated Commitment to Service
My commitment to service is life-long.As a young child, I began serving my community through my church.I continued to serve during high school, college, and beyond.Whether building ball fields for children, repairing homes in the Appalachian region, or volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician, I have always found time to give back.In addition to receiving many honors for my academic work, I received the Platinum Pro Bono Challenge Award from my law school in recognition of my outstanding contribution to pro bono services.
It was my privilege to serve students as a former substitute teacher and to serve my community as an appointed member of the Community Advisory Council.Currently, I’m active in Kiwanis International and Rotary, both great community service organizations in Howard County.
University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. – 2018, Magna Cum Laude.
University of Maryland at College Park, B.A. – 2002.
Before graduating from law school with high honors, I was Staff Editor for the school’s prestigious flagship journal, LawReview.Also, I served as President of the Business & Tax Law Association and Representative to the Maryland State Bar Association Taxation Council. Induction into the Royal Graham Shannonhouse Honor’s Society for academic excellence and award of the Dean’s Citation for enhancing the school’s reputation were my great privileges and honors.
The Orphans’ Court – A Misnomer and its Make-Up
The Orphans’ Court, despite the name, is involved in administering wills and estates. Maryland has held onto the curious name despite its misleading tendency.Just a little trivia for you, so you can amaze your family and friends at parties!
While some counties have voted to require that probate judges be attorneys, Howard County has not.Currently, I earned my Juris Doctorate law degree and expect to pass the Maryland bar next month and be duly admitted as a Maryland attorney.Probate issues have become more complex since the court’s inception in the 1700s, and litigation is on the rise as vast wealth shifts from one generation to another.With my education, training, and experience focused on these legal complexities, I’ve proven myself in serving the courts, and I hope to prove myself in your service if elected as a Judge of the Orphans’ Court.
For More Information
Finally, if you’d like more information, or just want to share your thoughts and concerns, please contact me through the links below.
Also, I can be found in the following June publications: Business Monthly, The League of Women Voters Guide, and Her Mind Magazine (https://hermindmagazine.com/campaign-contributions/).
Thank you for your time and your vote!
If interested in writing a guest post…feel free to reach out and I will see what I can do.
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