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Attorney General Nessel Announces Appointment of Oceana County Public Administrator
August 10, 2020
LANSING – Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced the appointment of Brian Monton as the Oceana County public administrator. Monton’s swearing-in ceremony was conducted electronically on Friday.
Monton is Nessel’s third county public administrator (CPA) appointment as Attorney General.
Monton, of Pentwater, is a graduate Northern Michigan University and Michigan State University College of Law. After working at law firms in Ludington and Hart, he was an attorney-magistrate for 78th District Court for Oceana County until 2013 when the law firm of Prince & Monton was formed.
Monton practices in the areas of municipal and township law, business law, real estate and agricultural law, probate/estate planning, appellate law, divorce involving property division, and general civil litigation.
"As a native and fourth-generation resident of Oceana County, Mr. Monton is a good fit to serve the community. He brings tremendous integrity and wide experience to a position that requires great trust and care," said Nessel. “His commitment to public service and his community is evident and residents of Michigan will be well represented by his public administrator service.”
County public administrators (CPAs) have oversight responsibilities in deceased estate probate matters where there are no heirs or unknown heirs and no will. State law defines who is considered an heir. If a person dies and has no living relatives and leaves no will, then the CPA is appointed by the county probate judge to be the personal representative of the estate. The CPA ensures all bills are paid and the remaining estate assets are sent to the Michigan Department of Treasury on behalf of the people of the State of Michigan.
CPAs have primary private practice responsibilities outside of their appointment and their limited responsibility as a public administrator is outlined above.
The Attorney General’s website maintains a CPAs contact list.