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What can I expect in a Connecticut probate court?

Probate courts in Connecticut have a wide range of responsibilities, including cases regarding estates in the case of no or contested wills. These institutions and their judges also deal with the disposition of children and people with limited abilities to manage their own affairs.

The Nutmeg State's 54 probate courts are designed to offer simple and direct access to legal proceedings. However, an attorney is often recommended in these cases to make sure claimants and others are properly represented.

What's the level of formality in probate court?

Sensitive family issues are often at the heart of probate cases, the atmosphere is casual compared to criminal courts. Staff will be able to answer questions about how the court works, how to present evidence and provide information for filing necessary documents.

What are the main reasons to be represented by a lawyer?

An attorney may be required by the court to ensure that everyone subject to its rulings has their rights protected. People attending cases on conservatorships, child custody and parental rights are commonly accompanied by attorneys.

What fees or charges are associated with probate court?

There are fees on estates subject to probate rulings, starting at $25 and increasing with the size of the estate. Accounting fees are a percentage on nonestate financial issues. Since other fees may apply for filings and other expenses, an attorney may help sort out deadlines and amounts for payment.

Make sure your rights are properly represented in the "people's court" of Connecticut for estates, custody and other issues.

Source: Connecticut Probate Courts, "FAQs," accessed Dec. 07, 2017

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