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What do I need to know about probate law?

Probate law is an important part of the Connecticut legal system. Some of its particulars can be complex, but knowing how probate proceedings work can make the process go easier for litigants and the survivors of recently deceased estate holders.

What are the most common problems that come up in probate disputes?

Jurisdictional problems may arise around a person's place of residence. In the famous case In re Dorrance, the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey disagreed on where the holder of a massive fortune was domiciled when he died. Courts from both states issued contrary rulings and both states assessed tax on the estate's value.

What are some of the concerns about probate beyond legal ones?

Many subjects to a probate decision are going through the loss of a loved one. The death of a family member may also bring together unexpected parties and old disputes may arise to take a new form. Emotional reactions are very common in probate hearings and decisions.

What do probate lawyers need to keep in mind?

One of the biggest differences between probate litigation and other legal areas is the nature of deadlines. Probate law moves very quickly compared to other types, with statutes of limitations that may be less than a year and scheduled hearings within days of a major event. Since probate law has the goal of empowering a will's executor, hearings are often accelerated.

Can I handle a probate hearing on my own?

Probate courts in Connecticut are open to all, but legal representation during the probate process can help ease your burdens and improve the outcome when unexpected difficulties do arise.

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