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…

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…

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…

Will contests in Connecticut Probate Court usually involve the one or more of the following: 1. Lack of testamentary capacity. Did the decedent understand what property was being disposed and who was to receive the property? The argument here is that the decedent was not of sound mind and memory when he/she executed the will….

These are the most common grounds to terminate parental rights in Connecticut: 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 or not the parent has…

Guardianship of a child in Connecticut includes the authority to make major decisions affecting the child’s education, welfare and medical treatment. The process of removing a parent as a child’s guardian, starts with an Application filed in the Probate Court. The Probate Judge usually requests the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to conduct an…

What types of cases does the Fairfield Probate Court decide? In general terms, there are three categories of cases: 1. Cases involving the welfare of children. The Court has the authority to remove an unfit parent as the guardian of their child. In cases involving extreme neglect or abuse the Court also may terminate parental…

    When someone passes away in Connecticut, the local Probate Court oversees the estate. In short, the Probate Court makes sure debts are paid and property is distributed to beneficiaries (if there is a will) or to heirs (if there is no will). Sounds easy enough and for many estates it is relatively straightforward….

Probate Courts in Connecticut have exclusive jurisdiction to handle stepparent adoptions. We know that many stepparents have a parent like relationship with their spouse’s child. They spend lots of time together and do all the things those parents and children enjoy. The child loves and trusts the stepparent and even calls them “mom” or “dad.”…

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