SpreadsheetThis is the next post in our series on the handling of Hartford area probate cases which lack a valid will. Our last article discussed who is considered an “heir” when there was no will. It is important to understand that our state’s laws will allow a biological child to inherit even if they were not on good terms with their deceased parent. Likewise, a child who was raised by the deceased may be “cut out” of the estate if they were not a biological relative. By preparing a proper estate plan, one can assure that their assets will be divided in accordance with their final wishes. An attorney can help you with drafting such a plan In this article we will discuss another important topic – the possibility of property disputes in cases which lack a will. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.

Hartford cases may involve disputes over whether or not property should be included in an estate

As we discussed in our article on Connecticut’s probate process, when there was no will, the Administrator will be required to make a list of property to be included in the estate. There may be disputes over whether assets should be included or excluded from the estate.

First, there may be claims that the deceased, in fact, did not own a particular asset. This can be the case when it comes to art, precious metals, or other assets which one may possess but not actually own. In more complicated matters there may be a dispute in regards to the titling of real estate, or other valuable items, which lead to complications over whether such property should be in the estate. Second, if an heir, or some other party, has taken property which rightfully belongs in the estate then it may be necessary to gain a Court order which requires the return of the property. These are just a few examples of disputes which may arise.

A final tally of the estate’s assets must be made before any proceeds may be distributed to the heirs. This means that any such disputes must be resolved before a distribution can occur. By retaining an experienced attorney, you can help to resolve such disputes as quickly as possible. Our Hartford probate lawyers are ready to assist you. Contact us today. We also service the Connecticut areas of Wethersfield, New Britain, Bristol, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, East Hartford, Glastonbury, and Manchester, as well as the Middlesex County cities of Middletown and Cromwell.

Some property will be excluded from Connecticut probate cases when there was no will

Not all of a deceased’s property and assets will be included in their estate. There are many items which will automatically pass to someone else and will skip the probate process entirely. These include jointly held bank accounts, accounts with a named beneficiary, life insurance proceeds, and more. When determining whether or not assets should be included in an Administration, it is important that you speak with counsel.