Connecticut Probate Attorney

Probate Lawyer for Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Westport, Fairfield, Trumbull, New Haven and Milford

Probate has to do with the handling of an estate at the death of a person leaving a will. The decedent will have named a person to administer the estate called the executor. The executor has a number of duties to administer the estate which a lawyer can greatly facilitate. It is urged that individuals involved in probate contact a Connecticut estate planning attorney competent in probate.

(Note: if no will is left and no prior planning took place the laws of intestacy apply to your property at your death, and the probate court will be involved to appoint an administrator at the expense of your estate and your loved ones' time. If this happens you lose control over how property is distributed and State law applies).

Probate Duties of the Executor

  • Present the Will for Validation: It is your task to bring the will forward and have it be ruled valid by the court
  • Notify Creditors: Once appointed, it is your job to notify all known creditors including taxing authorities of the probate action so they may put in claims.
  • Review Claims: You review the claims and contest the ones you do not agree with.
  • Collect up the Assets/Filings: You gather the decedent's assets under your control, get control of his or her bank accounts and collect account receivables. You will have to file an inventory with the court and possibly other notices regarding real estate.
  • Pay decedent's debts and taxes: This may involve liquidating some of his or her assets such as selling their house. You will need court approval for certain actions, and procedure for filing/payment for taxes may differ depending on the size of the estate.
  • File Final Account: Once all debts, expenses and taxes have been paid, you will most likely need to file an "Administration Account" with the court, and you will need to attend a hearing unless appropriate procedures are followed/documentation is filed and it is waived by the court. (Note: Under certain circumstances you may be able to file a "Statement in Lieu of Account," which will avoid the final account, and if all interested parties sign the appropriate waiver documentation the court may waive the hearing.)
  • Propose distribution of the estate: Once you have completed the decedent's business, you may propose distribution of the assets to the heirs in accord with the will.
  • File Closing Statement: This is an affidavit filed with the court. If bond was required, the court will inform the surety company a certificate stating your compliance so the bond can be closed out.

Probate Lawyer in Connecticut

At Massih Law, LLC, I provide probate legal services to clients throughout Fairfield County and New Haven County including, but not limited to, Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Westport, Fairfield, Trumbull, New Haven and Milford. I, John N. Massih, assist executors with the smooth resolution of probate matters. I represent the executor in court and defend their actions. I am also available to represent heirs with disagreements about probate administrations. I can assist in issues concerning the validity or interpretation of wills and disposal of estate assets. My legal knowledge about all matters surrounding probate, litigation, wills and trusts can assist you in bringing your matter to a resolution.

Contact a Connecticut Probate Attorney to discuss your probate matters.