What can a probate court do for you?

| Jun 21, 2019 | Probate Litigation

Probate courts are there to bring the basic functions of the law to the people who need access to it. Although this theoretically means anyone in Connecticut can bring a case before a probate judge, legal representation may make the experience better for petitioners. This is partially because some people are often confused on what the basic functions of probate courts are.

Who are the people who need the functions of a probate court?

An individual, trustee or organization may need to present a case in probate court if they believe an inheritance is theirs by legal right. A legally responsible adult may want to claim guardianship of a child on a temporary or permanent basis. A similar adult may wish to claim conservatorship over an adult who is unable to manage complicated affairs like finances.

What is the jurisdiction of a probate court in Connecticut?

According to the law in the Constitution State, probate courts for their geographic jurisdictions have the ability to award estates of people who died in those districts if that person had no will or a will is disputed. Probate courts may also register wills as filed by people before death to instruct the court later. In many ways, probate courts are the arbiter of assets when their ownership is in question.

How can a lawyer help?

An attorney can make the case for a petitioner and prepare the legal points that help people claim ownership and control of their assets. Legal representation may increase the chances of a successful petition.