Hartford Lawyers Handling The Probate Of Small Estates

Judge on the benchConnecticut does not require a full Probate process every time someone passes away. In fact, our state recognizes that people need to be able to move on with their lives as quickly as possible. If a loved one had a valid will, less than $40,000 in assets, and was not the sole owner of any real estate, then the matter may be handled through the “small estate” process. This allows for a streamlined wrap up of the estate and a quicker distribution to the heirs. Retaining an attorney who is experienced in handling such matters can help to ensure that things are handled properly and that there are no unnecessary delays. Our Hartford lawyers have extensive experience in handling such matters and are ready to assist you. Contact us today. We also assist those in Wethersfield, New Britain, Rocky Hill, and elsewhere.

Attorneys assisting Hartford residents with the probate of small Connecticut estates

Connecticut does not require all estates to pass through a full Probate. If the deceased possessed less than $40,000 of gross assets, and no solely owned real property, then the matter may be handled as a “small estate.” This is a process which skips many of the formalities associated with a typical probate and it allows for matters to be wrapped up more quickly. The benefits of this process are expediency and decreased legal fees. This, in turn, leaves more money for the heirs.

A small estate case is commenced by filing an Affidavit with the Court. This Affidavit is filed in lieu of a Petition for Probate. The Affidavit must contain a list of the deceased’s assets and a list of any claims which can be made against those assets. A copy of the deceased’s last will and testament will be filed concurrently with the Affidavit. No earlier than thirty days later, the Court will enter a Decree permitting the transfer of the estate’s assets to the heirs for the purposes of settling the estate’s debts and for final distribution. If the Affidavit is not completed properly then the matter may be delayed. Worse, if assets are omitted from the Affidavit, then the Executor may possibly face liability or claims of malfeasance. Retaining a lawyer to assist you can help to ensure that such matters are handled properly.

Our attorneys assist Hartford residents with the probate of small estates. We will use your initial consultation to help you understand whether your case is eligible for this streamlined process. This will include identifying assets (such as certain bank accounts) which may not be required to pass through probate and determining the value of other assets in order to ensure that you fall below the $40,000 threshold. We will file your Affidavit with the Court and will be proactive in making sure that your matters proceed through the system as efficiently as possible. If you have lost a loved one then you have been through enough. Our firm focuses on this area of law so that you may focus on your future. Contact us today.

Hartford lawyers staying in regular communication with probate clients going through the small estate process

We understand that you wish to move on with your life and to not deal with the probate process. We will be in regular communication with you so that you may know the status of your case and plan accordingly. This attorney-client communication includes promptly responding to messages and ensuring that we are available to answer your questions. We are honored to serve the Hartford community and our lawyers take their responsibilities seriously.

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.