Filing a Petition/Administration or Probate of Will is the first step in the Connecticut Probate Court process. Here is an overview: The Petition must be filed within the Probate Court district where the decedent was last domiciled on the date of death.  It should be filed within thirty (30) days of death. If the decedent…

A Connecticut Power of Attorney (also known as a POA) is one of the most important estate planning documents.   It allows you (“Principal”) to appoint someone else (“Agent” or “Attorney in Fact”) to act for you.  Therefore, if you are  ill, involved in a serious accident or not available to act for yourself then someone…

Connecticut Probate Court Appeals vary.  The time to file an appeal depends on the type of case being appealed. Time for Appeal to be Filed A Probate Court appeal must be filed  within 45 days if it concerns the following: Appointing a guardian or conservator for a veteran or beneficiary of veterans’ benefits; Compensation of a…

An executor in Connecticut is a person named in a will to settle an estate.  The executor is chosen by the individual making the will.  If there is no will, the Probate Court will appoint an administrator to handle the estate. Within thirty (30) days of the decedent’s death, a Petition/Administration or Probate of Will…

Immediate Temporary Custody in Connecticut can be granted to a non-relative in Probate Court if certain conditions exist. There are several different scenarios in which a Probate Court can grant Immediate Temporary Custody. However, as a practical matter, it almost involves a situation where the child is not in the physical custody of one of…

A Petition for Removal of Guardian is filed in the Probate Court by using Form PC-500. The Probate Judge usually requests the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to conduct an Investigation and file a report concerning the parents, the allegations and a recommendation regarding the suitability of the proposed guardian.  This can take up…

Removal of Guardianship usually starts with an Application filed in the Probate Court but can also be done in the Family Court if a divorce or other custody action is pending or in the Juvenile Court if DCF is involved. Connecticut child guardianship includes the authority to make major decisions affecting the child’s education, welfare…

There are eight grounds for a termination of parental rights in Connecticut. The three most common are: 1. Abandonment. This occurs when a parent has abandoned the child by failing to maintain a reasonable degree of interest, concern or responsibility as to the welfare of their child. 2. Failure to rehabilitate. Rehabilitation refers to whether…

The termination of parental rights in Connecticut often involve claims of abandonment.  A lack of an ongoing parent-child relationship is also frequently claimed as a ground when abandonment is alleged. Makes sense in that there is considerable factual overlap between these two concepts. There are two prongs to the claim of no ongoing parent-child relationship….

The Darien Probate Court serves the towns of Darien and New Canaan Connecticut and hears these types of cases: 1. Cases involving Estates. When someone passes away, the local Probate Court oversees the administration of the estate. The Court will appoint an executor. Beneficiaries will be identified so that property may be distributed pursuant to the…

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