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Court of Wills, Estates & Probate

Willow Misty Parks has served as Probate Judge since January, 2011. Her priority has been to offer the community professional, friendly and efficient service.

Judge Willow Misty Parks

In order to fully serve an increasing number of residents, the number of her staff has increased and training has been implemented. Additionally, to more clearly communicate the services offered by the court, Judge Parks changed the name of her office to the county Court of Wills, Estates & Probate.

She has increased outreach to county residents, courts and the legal community. As a result, the court has had an increase of more than 10 percent in new cases every year - with 841 total cases in 2013. Additionally, more than 550 of those cases were customers that represent themselves.

The court also conducts wedding ceremonies - in all, Judge Parks has joined together more than 130 happy couples.

A New Mexico native, Judge Parks has lived almost all her life in Albuquerque. She is a practicing attorney licensed by the New Mexico State Bar and earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, graduating magna cum laude; and is a sole practitioner operating Parks Law Office, LLC where her practice centers on small business formation and start-up, wills, trusts, probate and estate planning.

Willow is an educator and public speaker as well. She teaches business law and employment law for the UNM Anderson School of Management's MBA program. She also teaches at Central New Mexico Community College in the business administration program and the paralegal studies department.

She speaks frequently on estate planning to help New Mexicans learn about wills and probate. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Health Law Scholar Award of 2004 which is selected on the basis of excellence in the study and research of health law. She is also a state-certified notary public.

Judge Parks looks forward to continuing to lead the court to improve and expand its services to the community.

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