Connecticut Probate: Why does it take so long? Part 3 - Notifications

This week's post is a continuation of our series on Connecticut probate. In particular, we are examining some of the reasons for why CT probate can be so time-consuming.

Most people do not realize that there are quite a few entities that need to be notified by the executor of the estate.

For example (and in not necessarily in this particular order):

  • casualty and liability insurance agents must be notified;
  • Taxpayer ID for estate is generally necessary;
  • Financial Services Institutions must be notifed, and info may need to be supplied (e.g. appointments, potential address changes and EIN)
  • Life insurance companies must be notified, info may need to be supplied, and applications for benefits filled out;
  • The DMV will need to be notified and application for a new Certificate of Title will need to be made;
  • Notice of death must be recorded in each town where the deceased owned real estate;
  • Plan administrators for employee benefits may need to be notified; etc.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list and there may or may not be additional requirements given your circumstances, but hopefully you get the idea. The moral of the story here is that CT probate can be so time-consuming because organizing affairs and providing notice and proper paperwork to insitutions/agencies is a lot of work. Organization beforehand will go a long way towards making this process easier.

If you have questions about what notice needs to be provided in a Connecticut probate, or if you have questions about Connecticut probate in general, visit my website for our contact info and call us to set up a consultation.

Categories: Estate Planning, Probate