The business of working out who gets what after a death in the family is often difficult and fraught with emotions. Any loss, even expected ones, cause a sense of grief among loved ones and any old disagreements about the family china or the house can turn toxic. Probate courts in Connecticut are here to help people work out these disputes.
Estate planning is an important task that many people spend most of their life ignoring. End of life affairs are always difficult to approach because of the logistics and the emotions involved, and some people may be inclined to do as little as possible. But estate planning is something that has broad implications -- it isn't just about "who gets what."
Many conservators in Connecticut are relatives of the people who need them. Several inherit the job from themselves, as guardians of minors who need help dealing with the more complicated aspects of life, because conservators only apply to people of adult age. But when no family member is available, the court may appoint a professional conservator.
Movies and television have many people believing they only hear what was in a will after the person has already passed away. All your beneficiaries should receive a copy of the will upon your passing, but this should only be a formality. All beneficiaries should already know what the will contains because you spoke with them about it.
One of the few guarantees that people have regarding the end of a life is that survivors will do their best to fulfill a person's substantive final wishes. If a decedent has left orders on how properties and assets should be shared to inheritors and beneficiaries, the government will support these orders in probate court.
Conservatorship is a very important role for a person to take on. This is one of the reasons that probate judges are more likely to appoint a conservator who patently cares about a person independent of a legal obligation. Many assume that this personal connection makes it easier and more effective for a person to manage a disabled fellow's personal and business affairs.