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AG Nessel Announces Appointment of New Midland County Public Administrator

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced the recent appointment of Stephen E. Durance as Midland County Public Administrator. 

“Stephen is well versed and practiced in probate matters and I am grateful he has committed his time and skill to his community in this way,” said Nessel. “I am confident Midland County will be well served by Stephen, and congratulate him on his appointment as a County Administrator.” 

County public administrators have powers and duties primarily related to intestate decedent estates where there are apparently no known heirs, including managing the determination, collection, liquidation, and/or distribution of any assets in the estate. Attorneys who serve in this capacity often also have private practice responsibilities that are separate and unrelated to their appointment as a county public administrator. 

“The Department is fortunate to have a talented and passionate pool of attorneys that serve as county public administrators across the State, and I am pleased to welcome County Public Administrator Durance as the newest member of that team,” said State Public Administrator Randi M. Merchant. 

Durance, of Midland, is a graduate of Midland High School, Valparaiso University, and the University of Detroit-Mercy Law School. Following a number of years with the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office, Durance transitioned into private practice in 1990. He practices at Stephen E. Durance, P.C., with his son, Peter, in Midland. Durance’s practice focuses on matters of domestic law, probate administration, and probate litigation.  

Durance was sworn in on April 3rd.


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