This is the first post in a series discussing probate and estate administration in Hartford, Connecticut. When a friend or loved one passes away, the assets and liabilities they leave behind become part of their estate. The court supervised process of settling the estate is known as probate. Navigating the probate process may seem like a daunting task following the loss of a loved one. The goal of this series is to help explain the key elements of the system and what one may expect when probating an estate. Another goal is to provide information that may help you select a knowledgeable estate administration attorney to assist with the case. If you need assistance with a probate court matter, contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series will address several important topics, including:
- Which estates will be required to go through the probate process
- What to expect during the probate process
- Handling matters outside of the probate process
- Potential challenges to probating an estate
These issues are significant for a variety of reasons. First, depending upon the size of the estate and types of assets that were owned by the decedent, an estate may be eligible for an affidavit in lieu of probate or be exempted completely. Second, understanding the steps that should be taken to resolve someone’s estate may help executors and beneficiaries manage their expectations. Third, knowing which types of assets will pass to heirs outside of the process may be important for managing affairs that require immediate attention following the decedent’s death. It may also be an important tool in estate planning. Finally, it is not uncommon for relatives or creditors to make claims to certain assets of the decedent by challenging the probate court’s distributions to other beneficiaries. Understanding the common challenges and how to address them may be significant in the administration of the estate.
We understand that the death of a loved one is often an emotional time which is why we’re here to help with the task of managing the decedent’s estate. An experienced lawyer will take on the responsibility of working through the probate process. Our firm has over 50 years of experience in estate administration in Hartford, Connecticut. Call us today to speak with a probate attorney. We also service the areas of Wethersfield, New Britain, Rocky Hill, East and West Hartford, Bristol, Glastonbury, and Manchester, as well as the Middlesex County cities of Middletown and Cromwell.