This is the first post in a series which discuss the issue of one dying without a will in Hartford or elsewhere in Connecticut. We are writing on this topic due to the unfortunate fact that many individuals pass away without having made proper arrangements. While, understandably, it is uncomfortable to think about the passing of one’s self or a loved one, the fact of the matter is that moving on without a last will and testament can have serious consequences. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It is also our goal to provide information which will help people make an informed decision when they are selecting an estate planning attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will be addressing a number of topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- What happens when one dies in Connecticut without a will
- The process of handling an “intestate” estate
- Who our state considers to be an “heir” in such situations
- Property disputes in cases which do not involve a will
We will be addressing these topics for multiple reasons. First, it is important to understand that when an individual dies without a will, our state will distribute their assets pursuant to a pre-defined list of recipients. These recipients will receive the estate’s assets regardless of the decedent’s final wishes. Second, understanding what to expect from the administration of an intestate estate will help to make sure that there are not any unnecessary complications. Third, some individuals whom the family members consider to be an heir, may, in fact, not be. Likewise, there may be individuals who unexpectedly turn out to be heirs. Finally, when an individual has died without a will, it is possible that there may be disputes over whether or not certain assets should be included in the estate.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if a loved one has died without a valid last will and testament. There are certain procedures which must be followed. Also, there are limited time frames in which certain steps must be taken. Our Hartford lawyers are able to assist with such cases. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
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