New probate court software gets OK

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FARMINGTON – Commissioners approved buying computer software to help manage the probate docket system and billing and accounting more efficiently. Eligible documents will also be accessible online.

The current system is antiquated with no way of upgrading the disk operating system, probate officials said last month.

At least nine counties, including Oxford and Androscoggin, have agreed to get in on the new software program.

Franklin County Register of Probate Joyce Morton set aside $11,050 for the first year of the program during the past few budgets. The yearly maintenance expense is estimated at $3,000 to $3,275 for the following four years.

Revenues would be gained through the online system to offset the costs.

County Treasurer Karen Robinson said Thursday the $1,000 needed for a commercial grade scanner will have to be put in next year’s budget.

Commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to go in on the program, Robinson said.

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