Filing Probate In Connecticut- Probate Lawyers In New Haven County, Middlesex, Hartford & Fairfield County CT

 

If you need to file a Probate after the death of a loved one in Connecticut, we are very sorry for your loss and are here to help.

Probate is the court-supervised process of closing out a loved one’s estate after their passing. This is often done by gathering assets and distributing them to creditors and beneficiaries according to their Will or Connecticut state law.

At Drazen Law Group, we understand the unique set of challenges that your family faces during this time.  Working through estate administration can be a stressful, time consuming and costly burden on top of your current grief.

That is why we offer a full-service approach to Probate or trust administration in New Haven County, Fairfield County, Middlesex County, Litchfield County and Hartford County designed to minimize headaches, quickly transfer assets and ensure all legal requirements are satisfied within the appropriate deadlines. All of this is done with care and compassion during a difficult time.

We are also one of the few firms in the state that handles contested probates and trust litigation. Probate litigation can be divided into four primary areas:

  1. Contesting documents based upon incapacity, undue influence, duress and/or fraud of the individual signing the trust or will.
  2. Contesting actions of fiduciaries (trustees and executors) for breach of fiduciary duty or forcing fiduciaries to account for their actions.
  3. Bringing actions to recover property that belongs to a decedent or an incapacitated individual.
  4. Elder abuse causes of action, which can be brought in either civil or probate court.

At the Drazen Law Group, we use our experience to realistically evaluate the best course of action to be taken in complex probate litigation. This skill, combined with our ability to communicate clearly and concisely with clients and opposing counsel, minimizes both the financial and emotional expense of litigation.

Furthermore, our attorneys are conveniently licensed in Florida to assist families who may be facing duel probates in both Connecticut and Florida for their loved one’s winter or vacation home.

If you need help with a Probate in Connecticut, please call our office at (203) 877-7511 for immediate assistance, or continue to read some of our Frequently Asked Questions about Probate in Connecticut below.

 

Connecticut Probate: What Is It and How Do I File?

Probate is a legal process to finalize and administer a loved one’s estate after death. Your family may work closely with the Superior Court in the county where your loved one died to:

  • Determining the validity of the Will(s)
  • Identify and inventory the deceased’s property
  • Appraise the property
  • Pay your loved one’s debts and taxes; and
  • Distribute the remaining property according to the Will or according to state law in the absence of a Will

In Connecticut, if someone has $40,000 in total assets or real property, they will probably need to have their assets Probated through a full estate. In Connecticut, if someone has less than $40,000 there is the possibility of summary estate administration. 

 

 

Do All Assets Go Through Probate In Connecticut?

If you live New Haven County, Fairfield County, Middlesex County, Litchfield County and Hartford County, not all assets will need to go through Probate. Assets such as retirement accounts or life insurance policies that have specific beneficiary designations (or people named who should receive them) will most likely avoid the expense and delays of the Probate Court.
We realize that Probate can be overwhelming and frustrating, but the purpose of it is to ensure a valid transfer of assets. Because your loved one is unable to “sign on the dotted line” regarding his or her final affairs, the court must appoint someone (the executor) to handle this responsibility and close out the estate.

 

Do I Need An Attorney to File Probate?

Because Probate is such a time consuming, costly and complicated process, you should seek the help of a Probate attorney in Connecticut. A skilled attorney will help to ensure that all legal obligations are met and help to speed up the overall process. Working with an attorney will also help you to minimize costs commonly associated with oversights, tax problems and long drawn-out claims.

 

My Loved One Had a Trust... Can I Avoid Probate?

If your loved one died with a Trust in place, it may be possible to avoid the Probate process. So long as the Trust has stayed updated and your loved one’s assets are properly owned by the Trust, the Trust can be administered privately with the help of your Connecticut Probate attorney. If the Trust was not properly funded (meaning assets were not titled in the name of the Trust) you may still need to go through Probate. Your Connecticut probate attorney will help to determine your next steps.

 

How To Get Help

If you have lost a loved one and must begin the process of closing out his or her final affairs, please give our Milford Probate law firm a call at (203) 877-7511 and ask to schedule a complimentary estate administration session.

Our law firm serves families going through Probate in New Haven County, Fairfield County, Middlesex County, Litchfield County and Hartford County counties, including but not limited to Milford, Orange, Stratford, Trumbull, New Haven, Fairfield, Waterbury and many more.

We look forward to sitting down with you and/or your family to discuss the next steps that will help you move through Probate in a timely and cost-effective manner. You can also contact us by email here.

 

Helpful Resources

Download our free guide, “7 Steps To Handling Your Loved Ones Estate” and learn the actions you and your loved ones should take immediately after loss including notifying social security, claiming insurance benefits, addressing outstanding debt and more. To download the free guide, please click here.