Probate is the legal process by which one’s financial affairs are settled after their death. While the process of settling debts and distributing assets may seem straightforward, the fact of the matter is that there are several legal requirements which must be met. Failing to follow the proper procedures can result in the probate of an estate taking longer and costing more than it otherwise should. Handling the case correctly can also help to prevent infighting and bickering between the heirs. Our Hartford probate lawyers have over seventy-five years of combined legal experience and we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service to our clients. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney. We also assist those in Wethersfield, New Britain, Rocky Hill, and elsewhere in Connecticut.
Hartford attorneys helping people with probate and administration cases
Connecticut’s Probate Court handles matters that involve the settling of a deceased person’s estate. How a case will proceed through the system will depend on the size of the estate and whether the decedent had a valid last will and testament. Regardless of the type of case, the process will involve the gathering of all of the deceased’s assets, paying all outstanding debts to the extent possible, and distributing the remainder to the heirs. The various forms which the process can take include:
- Probate (matters in which the deceased had a will and the estate’s assets are over $40,000)
- Probate of small estates (matters involving a valid will and assets under $40,000)
- Administration (matters in which the deceased did not have a valid will)
While the distribution of assets may seem like a straightforward process, there are many issues which can complicate matters. These include dealing with the claims of creditors, determining whether or not one is a valid heir, and determining whether or not a last will and testament is valid. The mishandling of such issues can result in the case being delayed, in the estate’s assets being squandered, and possibly in an improper distribution of assets. These are just some of the reasons why it is best to retain an experienced lawyer to assist you.
Our Hartford attorneys have over seventy-five years of combined legal experience. We will use your initial consultation to help you understand what to expect from the process. We will assist you in filing a Petition for Administration or Petition for Probate if you intend to serve as the Administrator or Executor of the estate. If you are an interested heir, or other interested party, then we will file any necessary Notices or Objections on your behalf. We will make sure that the steps of the process are properly followed and that your rights are protected from beginning to end. These steps include properly accounting for all assets and debts, making sure the estate’s final tax returns are filed, and ensuring that all distributions are made in accordance with the law. We focus on this area of law so that you may focus on moving on to the future. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Hartford lawyers staying in regular contact with those dealing with the Probate or Administration processes
If you have lost a loved one then you are already dealing with a multitude of problems. You do not need an attorney who fails to make themselves available to address your questions. Our Hartford lawyers make client-communication a priority. They promptly respond to messages, they send their clients regular updates as to the status of their cases, and copy clients on pleadings and correspondence. We are honored to serve our community and this is our promise in each and every case we handle. We look forward to assisting you.
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.