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Probate Litigation Archives

What are the terms to know in probate court?

Probate courts in Connecticut serve the vital purpose of bringing the services of the law to the people. Although the term "probate" comes up a lot in estate planning, it also covers important issues surrounding how people are taken care of, as well as identifying people who are legally responsible for others.

Coventry probate case gets new complication with property removal

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.

Connecticut town deals with aftermath of probate ruling

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.

Probate judge rules on lawyer fees, debts in contested estate

Probate courts exist in Connecticut for a variety of reasons, but all are related to making sure that citizens have access to the basic functions the courts provide. Probate judges can rule on or approve plans to assign a guardian to a minor, create a conservatorship for someone who needs assistance with everyday financial needs and help convey inheritances to the right people or organizations -- among other duties.

How are disagreements over guardianship resolved?

It's not easy to navigate the best choices for children, especially if they may involve tough decisions. Connecticut probate courts are there for parents, relatives and other responsible adults to gain custody or guardianship of children. Courts are also places to dispute decisions made over these issues.

What is vexatious litigation in Connecticut?

If someone needs to use the court system, it can sometimes feel like the courthouse is a prison. There are so many details that need attention for cases that seem like they should be simple. But this confinement can be close to literal if someone is subject to actions brought by a controlling or harassing person.

Mediation gains momentum as a solution to estate disputes

Probate court was designed as a legal forum for anyone to approach certain basic forms of justice, such as the appointment of a legal guardian or the disposition of a deceased person's estate. When a dispute arises between parties, probate court can help sort it out and find an equitable solution.

What is an attorney and what is a guardian ad litem?

There is often confusion in probate courts between attorneys' roles and a guardian ad litem. Connecticut's probate courts try to make their processes as accessible as possible, but there are limited opportunities for courts to help people find legal representation.

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