Contested wills go before the Orphans’ Court, a court established in 1777. In Carroll County today, a panel of three judges makes up the Orphans’ Court. Judges elected to the court earlier this month are Margaret “Peggy” Bair, Charles M. Coles Jr. and Donald Sealing II. In this county, judges are not required to have law degrees or any legal qualifications, although some other counties require legal qualifications. The judges’ role is to hear and decide contested cases, direct the conduct of personal representatives (executors) and pass orders necessary for administering an estate.