This article was first posted on Kings County Politics and has the permission of the publisher to post this article on New York for Seniors.  The content is extremely relevant at this time when people are losing their family homes to deed and equity theft, particularly throughout neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Meredith Jones, Kings County Surrogate’s Court Judge candidate lays out her plan to protect estates from deed and equity theft.

Jones plans to use her nearly two decades background as an attorney in the Kings County Surrogate’s Court to help Brooklynites save their homes.

“I’ve witnessed firsthand hardworking families lose their homes to deed and equity theft,” Jones said. “These scams are ravaging Brooklyn and robbing whole communities of generational wealth.” said Jones.

Jones’s plan includes:
  1. Carefully reviewing any documents (such as powers of attorney) which authorize the transfer of estate real property;
  2. Requiring transfers or sales of estate real property to be approved by the court, where appropriate;
  3. Requiring that requests to sell estate real property be made on notice to the heirs, clearly stating the proposed purchase price, allowing heirs the opportunity to object to the proposed sale; and
  4. Reviewing proposed “short sales” of estate real property to ensure that the proposed sale benefits the heirs of the estate.

Jones is seeking the Democratic nomination for the judicial seat and if elected would serve 14 years starting in January 2020. The Surrogate’s Court hears cases involving the affairs of decedents, including the probate of wills and the administration of estates. It also handles adoptions.

Jones attended Cornell University and graduated from Cornell Law School in 1996. In 2003, after practicing as a private attorney, she began a full-time position in public service, becoming the first black attorney to serve in the law department of the Kings County Surrogate’s Court.

In her current position as a Court Attorney- Referee, she conducts trials and hearings, performs research and drafts decisions for review by the Surrogate Judge. Jones also conducts settlement conferences, advises the Surrogate Judge on the law and makes recommendations regarding resolution of matters that come before the court.

Additionally, Jones has been found qualified by the Judicial Screening Committee of the Kings County Democratic Party for the position of Judge of the Surrogate’s Court. She is the only candidate found qualified who can serve the complete term of office.

Don’t forget to Vote Tuesday June 25, 2019.

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