Tara Hovey, Attorney at Law, has announced that she is a candidate for the Probate Court Judgeship. The Probate Court, serving Clare and Gladwin Counties, handles cases that include estates and trusts, divorce and child custody, juvenile law, adoptions and guardianships. The Probate judge is entrusted with protecting some of our most vulnerable citizens. Tara Hovey, of Clare, has been representing clients in Clare and Gladwin counties since 1996.
Tara Hovey stated that she would be an effective Probate Judge because she has the well rounded background and wide variety of legal experience needed. She states “My parents divorced in 1984 and after a bitter custody battle I lived with my mother who worked hard but struggled to keep the bills paid and food on the table. Growing up in a rural community was wonderful and I wouldn’t change it for anything however without a lot of resources it was challenging. It was that experience along with my years of representing clients from all walks of life that have impressed upon me even more the fact that Judges often don’t understand something vitally important–the reality for most citizens is very different from that of the Judges.”
She also stated, “A Probate Judge should have real life experience in and out of the courtroom so that cases can be handled with understanding, impartiality and professional competence. Additionally, a Probate Judge should have good management skills and the willingness to work hard so that cases can be handled quickly. It is truly the most important issues in people’s lives that you are handling. I decided to run for Probate Judge because I am confident that my work record has provided me with the skills necessary to be a good Probate Court Judge for the people of Clare and Gladwin Counties.”
Ms. Hovey, originally from Rosebush, graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. She attended Central Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1992. Ms. Hovey then attended Ohio Northern University College of Law and received her Juris Doctorate’s Degree in 1995. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan the same year.
She joined David Dreyer in partnership in February of 1996 forming the law firm of Dreyer and Hovey LLP. Because the law is always changing and evolving Tara has continued taking classes to make certain that she is on top of all of the new changes. She completed the State Bar of Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program in 2010 and the Family Law Certificate Program in 2011.
Ms. Hovey has long believed that those who have been blessed with means and ability should give generously of their time and talent. Consequently Ms. Hovey is very active in both Clare and Gladwin Counties. She is on the Board of Directors for United Way of Clare County and currently serves as the Vice President. She chaired the United Way Capital Campaign in 2010 and has been on the Campaign Committee since 2007. She has been on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clare and Gladwin counties since 2003. She is a Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister Lunch Buddy program. She also serves on the Board for Friends of Clare County Parks and Recreation. She is a past chairperson of the St. Cecilia’s Catholic School committee. She was a co-chairperson of the 2007-2008 St. Cecilia Catholic Capital Campaign. She is a member of the St. Cecilia Catholic School Boosters and the Clare Public School Education Boosters. She is a member of the Clare County Arts Council, the Gladwin Moose, Ducks Unlimited and a past member of the Clare County Enterprise Committee.
Ms. Hovey lives in Clare with her husband, Kevin Franko, and their three children, John 13 who is in the 8th grade at Clare Middle School, Madelyn 12 who is in the 7th grade at Clare Middle School and Michael 7 who is in the first grade at St. Cecilia’s.