Trusted Representation In Will, Trust And Probate Litigation
A will contest usually begins in the probate court and moves from there to the superior court. Litigating these matters requires a familiarity with the laws governing wills and trusts, probate procedure, and the interface between the probate court and the superior court.
At Jacobs & Dow, LLC, we have decades of litigation experience and thousands of satisfied clients. We can assess your situation, and let you know the steps you need to take and how we can be of assistance.
Understanding Connecticut Probate
The Connecticut probate process is a legal process. It is used to finalize and administer an estate through the probate court. Every situation is different; thus, the timeline for each case will vary from a few months to a year or more. The Connecticut probate process has five objectives. It works to:
- Ensure that the will is valid
- Identify and inventory all of the assets of the person who died
- Determine the value of all personal property, typically through appraisal
- Pay all of the debts of the person who died, including filing a tax return
- Distribute the property of the person who died as stated in their will
If a loved one dies without leaving a will, the legal term is that the person died “intestate.” If there is no will, the probate court will follow Connecticut intestate succession laws. We can help you understand your rights and obligations during this process as well as advise you as to how to best protect your interests.
When An Issue Needs To Go To Court
Probate litigation can be necessary for a variety of reasons. There are six common reasons for pursuing probate litigation. These are:
- If the maker of the will or trust was incapacitated, under duress or suffered from undue influence
- Any type of fraud that was perpetuated during the making of estate documents
- When a fiduciary breaches their duty or does not account for their actions or spending
- When property of an incapacitated person was improperly removed or given to someone
- In any situation where there is elder abuse
- An improperly executed or signed will
We will help you realistically evaluate the situation and understand your options. Our goal is to resolve your issue as effectively and efficiently as possible. We also understand that within families and during times of grief, emotions can run high. We work to guide you seamlessly to a successful resolution.
Get Decades Of Reputable, Proven Legal Representation On Your Side
If you or someone in your family has a question or a concern regarding a probate matter, call one of our experienced probate litigation lawyers at (203) 772-3100. You can also reach out to our office via the website contact email.