Legal Administrative Specialist

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Published date: November 21, 2020 4:19 am

Location: New Town, North Dakota, United States

Responsibilities
Provide substantial support assistance to and consult with deciding officials in the Office of Hearing and Appeals (OHA) attorney advisors in the Bureau and administrative law judges in the Office of Hearing and Appeals.
Examine legal documents for the purpose of verifying ownership status of lands and resources, ensuring accuracy of legal descriptions, researches land titles and prepares an inventory of real property in estates.
Apply specialized knowledge of probate legal principles to evaluate factual documents and other information to determine the level of legal complexity in Indian probate cases; assembles documentation into a probate case package.
Review, analyze and make recommendations to the Office of Hearing and Appeals staff regarding proposed leases, rights-of-way, or other encumbrances of the trust or restricted land/assets in the estate.
Perform legal research to assist in resolving problems arising under federal, tribal and state case law applicable to the testamentary disposition of property, title status, genealogy and other probate matters.
Interpret and implement the decisions of the OHA deciding officials. Responsible for taking all actions necessary to affect new land and resource ownership data and payment of any trust and restricted funds in the estate account.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Job family (Series)
0901 General Legal And Kindred Administration

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship Required
Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472). Form BIA -4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.
You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.
Qualifications
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, GS-0901).

GS-11: I have at least 1 year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-9 in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector). This experience must include the research and gathering of legal/financial documents that resulted in a Probate Case file assembly suitable for submission to the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA); reviewed and recommended approval/corrective action for case files prepared by Tribal Service Providers; thorough understanding and application of the regulations for Testate and Intestate Laws; conducted legal review of Probate Decisions issued by OHA for purposes of ensuring the appropriate laws were applied in determining the distribution of trust assets; upon expiration of the appeal period, initiated update of data in the TAAMS and ProTrac systems; initiated closure and distribution of estate assets through the Office of the Special Trustee.
OR
Education:
I have at least 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or LL.M., if related, in an accredited college or university, in a field of study related to this position that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform this work.

GS-9: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private section). This experience must include research and gathering of legal/financial documents that resulted in a Probate Case file assemble suitable for submission to the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA); reviewed approval/corrective action for case files prepared by others, including Tribal Service Providers; upon expiration of the appeal period, initiated update of data in the TAAMS and ProTrac systems; initiated closure and distribution of estate assets through the Office of the Special Trustee.

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