On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, joined by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Byron thanked a large crowd of family, friends, and supporters who came to boost his campaign for re-election. More than 75 guests attended, including State Delegates Guy Guzzone and Frank Turner (District 13), County Council Members Calvin Ball (District 2) and Jen Terrasa (District 3), Sheriff Jim Fitzgerald, candidates for state delegate Tom Coale (District 9B), Clarence Lam and Terri Hill (District 12), and George Zokle (District 20), along with former Democratic Party Chairs Carole Fisher and Tony McGuffin. Below are some photos from the event:
On Thursday, September 17, 2013, Byron Macfarlane was elected President of the Maryland Register of Wills Association. Receiving the unanimous support of his colleagues to take on this leadership post, he was sworn in immediately. The Association’s mission is to form collaborative relationships among the Registers of Wills from Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, to improve services, establish uniform procedures, advocate for legislation that will benefit the public, enhance services through new technology, and to partner with other government agencies to best serve the public. Byron’s goals for his term include technological advances for the Association and the Registers’ offices, moving the Registers closer to e-filing, and continuing to build relationships with stakeholders across Maryland.
Byron had previously served as Vice President from 2012-2013. He also served on the Personnel and Automation Committees since 2010 and chaired the Legislative Committee from 2011-2013.
On May 30, 2013, Register of Wills Macfarlane hosted numerous local estates & trusts attorneys to provide them with an update on legislation enacted by the Maryland General Assembly in its 2013 session. The meeting was held in the Orphans’ Court hearing room, where various changes were discussed at length.
Register Macfarlane began this annual tradition in 2012 to ensure an open and constructive dialogue with local practitioners. He explains how his office will implement new procedures and offers guidance on best practices to ensure efficient and timely administration of estates. He also obtains feedback and input from attorneys on future legislation. As a member of the Maryland Register of Wills Association’s Legislative Committee, of which he is a past chair, Mr. Macfarlane finds these viewpoints extremely valuable in shaping the Association’s legislative agenda. These meetings also fulfill the pledge he made when he ran for Register in 2010 to be active and engaged with community groups across Howard County. He will hold another session in May of 2014.
On April 22, 2013, hosted by Howard County icons Lou and Diana Ulman, the first fundraiser for the re-election of Byron Macfarlane as Howard County Register of Wills was a huge success. Byron was joined by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, and two of his close friends and colleagues, Joe Griffin, Register of Wills for Montgomery County and President of the Maryland Register of Wills Association, and Grace Connolly, Register of Wills for Baltimore County. The event was held at the law offices of Offit|Kurman, LLC in Maple Lawn and supporters present included a host of prominent local estates & trusts attorneys.
Said Byron, “It has been a pleasure working with members of the Howard County Bar Association the past two and a half years. We’ve built a collaborative partnership and have an ongoing dialogue about how to best serve the residents of Howard County. These men and women are dedicated professionals who I really admire and I am very grateful to have their support in seeking a second term.”
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