Typical Probate Conversation Amongs Friends
"Is probate that bad?"
"I have heard that it is terrible."
"We had to go through it and it wasn't that bad."
"When my best friend had to go through it with her Dad, it was really bad. She still isn't speaking with her brother."
So, which is it? Is probate bad or is it not that big of a deal in Connecticut?
The answer is that it can be either depending on your circumstances. The problem is that there is no way to determine how it is going to be for anyone, until after they die. I have people tell me all the time that everyone gets along in their family. These same people can have horrific probate experiences, because
nobody knows how their family members will react upon the death of a parent or other loved one. I have seen siblings who grew up together and were as close as close can be prior to a parent's passing become estranged after the parents passed away when dealing with the inheritance issues. Why? I don't know for sure, but it seems to me that death has a very unpredictable effect on people regardless of how much of an inheritance is at stake.
But let's set aside the family issues. We also don't know what is going to come up after someone passes when it comes to dealing with financial institutions, debt collectors, the government, etc. Most people don't have 100% knowledge of their parent's financial situation, and some don't have a handle on their spouse's financial situation.
The bottom line here is that you should never take someone's advice who tells you that probate is not that big of a deal just because their experience wasn't so bad, or because someone they know had it easy.
If you are concerned about probate, then you should talk to a qualified ct probate attorney about what it would take for you to avoid it. You should weigh your options given your circumstances. If you want to speak with a Connecticut probate attorney about probate you can get my contact information on my website here.
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