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Probate judge may rule on estate of Connecticut murder victim

Probate courts in Connecticut serve many purposes. One of the reasons for their existence is to ease access for regular citizens to the powers of the law. An attorney to represent people's interests is an advisable step toward making sure that experiences with probate court are positive.

Probate courts help people gain legal administration of those who are unable to manage their own personal and financial affairs. These can include children, seniors without their full mental faculties and other disabled individuals. The courts can also appoint executors for the estates of those who die without an executable will - or "intestate" individuals.

The sister of a woman who was fatally shot in her Connecticut home in 2015 became the executor of the victim's estate. She has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the victim's widower, who has maintained his innocence during a police investigation that included evidence contradictory to his claims.

The executor of the victim's estate has also requested a Connecticut probate judge order the return of more than $70,000 that the widower took from the estate after the victim's death. This is within the scope of the probate court as the lawsuit continues.

In the case of a legal judgment of culpability or wrongful death, the probate court may change the legal arrangement of estate administration. In the case of a contested administration of an estate, probate litigation can create a legal guarantee of the person, people or institutions allowed to handle the assets and liability of intestate people.

Source: CBS 48 Crimesider, "Wrongful death suit filed against suspect in "Fitbit" murder case," Dec. 19, 2017

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