What would a Hofrat living in an early 19th-century village in Saxony be responsible for doing? I have several ancestors/relatives in the village of Blankenheim (currently in Sachsen-Anhalt, near Sangerhausen) described as Hofrat. I also have people described as Gerichtsschultheis there and don't have an exact sense of what they did either--would magistrate be a good translation for that? (These are not people I have added to Wikitree yet.)
I've seen Hofrat translated as Privy Councillor, but that's not terribly informative.