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Attorney General Nessel Announces Appointment of Monroe and Hillsdale County Public Administrators

LANSING – Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced the appointments of Brittany Braunlich as the Monroe County Public Administrator and John Lovinger as the Hillsdale County Public Administrator. 

Braunlich, a resident of La Salle, is a Monroe County native and graduate of Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Braunlich is owner of the Braunlich Law Offices where her legal work has been focused on probate and estate matters, domestic relations, real estate, and general civil issues. Braunlich is a third generation County Public Administrator, as both her father Hon. Mark S. Braunlich, and grandfather, Paul E. Braunlich, also served as Monroe County Public Administrators.  

Lovinger of Hillsdale is a graduate of the University of Arizona and University of Iowa Law School.  A managing shareholder at a legal firm for more than 20 years, Lovinger is a partner at Lovinger & Thompson. His practice consists of probate and estate matters, municipal law, business formation and counsel, commercial and real estate transactions, general civil litigation, and bankruptcy.

Swearing-in ceremonies for the county public administrators (CPAs) were conducted electronically. Braunlich was sworn in on July 8 and Lovinger was sworn in on July 18.

"Ms. Braunlich and Mr. Lovinger each bring tremendous integrity and experience to a position that requires the greatest regard of trust and care," said Nessel. “They both have a strong commitment to their communities and the residents of Michigan will be well-represented by their service.”

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 state treasurer 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 County Public Administrators contact list.

A photo of Brittany Braunlich is available here.

A photo of John Lovinger is available here.