I was born and raised in Poland. I moved to Worcester in 1995 when I was in high school, not knowing a word of English. I initially attended South High in Worcester for approximately 8 months, then graduated from Bartlett High School in Webster in 1998.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Becker College while working for local attorneys in the areas of immigration, real estate, family, civil, and criminal law. I obtained my law degree from Massachusetts School of Law and have been practicing law in Worcester County for approximately 13 years. Currently, I am a sole practitioner with offices in Oxford and Worcester. Currently, approximately 95% of my practice is centered in the Probate and Family Court.
What does the word “progress” mean to you?
Philosophy that promotes new ideas which are consistent with changing times and trends.
What does the Register of Probate do?
The Probate Court and Family Court deals with wills, estates, divorces, child support, and child custody matters. It is important for Worcester County to have a Register of Probate who is qualified, knowledgeable, available, and responsive to the needs of the public it serves.
The Register of Probate is essentially the keeper of the records of the Court. The Register is responsible for the day to day operations, including but not limited to keeping track of filings/pleadings, ensuring timely notices of hearings, and accurate docketing.
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
I am the only practicing attorney in this race. I have prepared pleadings, argued motions, tried cases, and interacted frequently with Probate and Family Court staff. Over the last 13 years of practicing law, it has become painfully evident to me and the clients I serve that I spend much of my time in Court trying to locate missing or misplaced pleadings and often entire files, rather than practicing law.
If elected, what are your goals?
As the next Register of Probate I will restore diligence, hard work, and good management in the following ways:
- Implement user-friendly, accessible on-line services, and e-filings up to par with current technology. This has become crucial in light of the current pandemic and possible future pandemics.
- Implement a proper modern and efficient pleading/file tracking system.
- Schedule cases on a staggered basis at various times of the day and end the current practice of scheduling nearly all cases for 9:00 am.
- Proper staff training, which includes placing designated employees to deal only with certain types of cases, i.e divorce, estates, contempts, title exams. I will consider creating sub-departments to implement the same.
- Veteran services liaison/advocate to assist our veterans with their dealings in Probate Court.
- Make Probate Court more accessible to people with disabilities.
- Improve the morale of Court employees by encouraging an atmosphere of cheerfulness and goodwill among staff and management.
Any final comments?
I humbly ask for your vote in the September 1 primary election as well as the November general election.
Very truly yours,
Kasia Wennerberg, Democrat