Being the Executor of an estate can seem overwhelming. Many understandably think that the process will be straightforward. It can quickly become obvious, however, that there are many issues which must be dealt with. Failing to handle such issues in a timely manner can lead to the Probate being delayed, to assets not being distributed, and to the Executor being accused of violating their obligations. Hiring qualified attorneys to assist with the process can help you make sure that all affairs are handled in the appropriate fashion. This will allow you to focus on the most important thing – your future. Our Hartford probate lawyers have over seventy-five years of combined legal experience and they take pride in the level of service our firm provides. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also assist those in Wethersfield, New Britain, Rocky Hill, and elsewhere.
Attorneys assisting Hartford residents with the Probate of a last will and testament
Connecticut’s Probate process is for cases which involve a valid last will and testament and in which the estate has a value of at least $40,000. A Probate case must generally be opened within ten years of the time at which the deceased passed away and the case will generally be heard in the jurisdiction where the deceased was domiciled. Cases will be heard by our state’s Probate Court. Unlike the Administration of an estate (which is a case that lacks a valid will), having a will generally assures that all assets and debts are divided in accordance with the deceased’s wishes.
The first step in the process is to file a Petition for Probate with the Court. The Petition is typically filed by the person who is named as the Executor (the person who will be in charge of handling the estate) in the will. The Court will send a Notice of the proceedings to the heirs, any other beneficiaries, and other parties required to be notified under Conn. Prob. Ct. Rule 7.2. Any interested parties will be given the opportunity to either object to the admittance of the will or the appointment of the Executor. Once an Executor is appointed, and the will is found to be valid, then all of the estate’s assets will be gathered, debts will be settled, and the deceased’s final tax returns will be filed. Any remaining assets will be distributed to the heirs in accordance with the deceased’s final wishes. Failing to properly handle these steps can result in the case being delayed and in the heirs potentially filing a claim for malfeasance. It is crucial that you retain a lawyer to assist you in such matters.
Our attorneys assist Hartford residents with the Probate of a last will and testament. We will use your initial consultation to help you understand what to expect from the process. If you are the will’s named executor then we will file your Petition with the Court as quickly as possible. We will assist you in identifying the assets which must be included in the probate, identifying which assets are exempt from the process, and with handling claims by the estate’s creditors. We will work to resolve all issues, and to distribute the estate’s assets, as quickly as possible so that you may move on with your life. We focus on this area of law so that you may focus on your future. Contact us today.
Hartford lawyers providing quality service to those going through the Probate process
If you have lost a loved one then you are likely dealing with a great deal of stress and aggravation. It is important that you retain an attorney who provides quality service, so that you may move on with your life as quickly as possible. In addition to being proactive on your case, our Hartford lawyers will promptly return your phone calls, quickly respond to your emails, and they will be available to answer your questions. We are honored to serve the members of our community and we take our obligations 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.