White County attorney Don Ferguson has announced his plans to run for probate judge in 2020.
Ferguson has been practicing law since 1993, all of that time being in White County. From 1993-1994 he was an assistant district attorney, and in 1994 opened his own practice, where he does real estate, wills, and probate.
“I help people with guardianships. I help people with adoptions. I help people with small claims suits, civil action and divorces,” Ferguson said. “I don’t do a lot of personal injury work.”
Ferguson said he wants to run for probate judge because he wants to help people.
“The probate court helps and sees a lot of people who have lost a loved one and trying to help them, with the lost loved one, resolve the estate, get their papers in order where they can help move on better,” he said. “We help a lot of people with guardianships who have an elderly parent who is in need of care, in need of someone helping them and you have to get a guardianship for that, help a lot of parents who have children that are turning 18 that have to have a guardianship and I want to try to help the people.”
In regards to his qualifications, Ferguson said not only is he an attorney, but he’s very familiar with what the probate judge does.
“We’ve worked in the probate court since 1993,” he said. “We’ve worked in the traffic division of the probate court. We’ve helped hundreds of people resolve the administration of the estates and wills and probate. We’ve helped hundreds of people with guardianships. We’ve worked in every aspect of the probate court. I have also been a poll worker since, I guess, 2014.”
Ferguson is from Habersham County and attended Habersham Central High School. He graduated from Truett McConnell University and Piedmont College, before getting his master’s degree from Brenau University. He received his law degree from North Carolina Central University. He wanted to become a lawyer because of work he did while working with the highway department from 1985 to 1990.
“They had us doing title searches on land, and I bought right-of-way for them,” he said.
As for why people should vote for him, he said that he believes he can help the people.
“I think I’m easy to get along with,” Ferguson said. “I try to use a lot of good common sense and think my values and the people in White County line up. The best people in the world live right here in White County. I think I can do a good job for them.”
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