Rule 8.301 Powers of Register of Probate, Deputy Registers, and Clerks

(A) Judicial Responsibility. The judges of probate are responsible for the direction and supervision of the registers of probate, deputy registers of probate, probate clerks, and other personnel employed by the court to assist in the work of the court.

(B) Entry of Order Specifying Authority.

(1) To the extent authorized by the chief judge of a probate court by a general order, the probate register, the deputy probate register, the clerks of the probate court, and other court employees designated in the order, have the authority, until the further order of the court, to do all acts required of the probate judge except judicial acts in a contested matter and acts forbidden by law to be performed by the probate register.

(2) The order of the chief judge may refer to the power

(a) to set the time and place for hearings in all matters; take acknowledgments; administer oaths; sign notices to fiduciaries, attorneys, and sureties; sign citations and subpoenas; conduct conferences with fiduciaries required to ensure prompt administration of estates; and take testimony as provided by law or court rule; and

(b) to sign or by device indicate the name of a judge to all orders and letters of authority of the court, with the same force and effect as though the judge had signed them. In all such cases, the register or the designated deputy must place his or her initials under the name of the judge.

(C) Statutory Authority. In addition to the powers which may be granted by order of the chief judge, the probate registers and deputy registers have the authority granted by statute and may take acknowledgments to the same extent as a notary public.