Connecticut Probate Services.
When you want to talk to probate lawyers Hartford County, contact Weatherby & Associates PC. Hank Weatherby leads a team of skilled probate lawyers serving greater Hartford CT. The process of distributing an estate following the death of a loved one can be difficult. When you want compassionate guidance from a law firm you can trust, call Weatherby & Associates.
Probate refers to the process by which a court determines whether a person's Will is valid. Once the validity of a Will has been established, Probate describes the administration of the estate. Whether or not the decedent has left a will, you need a competent probate attorney to oversee the distribution of assets. Probate administration settles an estate under the supervision of the court.
Probate assets include personal property owned by the decedent for which no beneficiary has been named. This would include property such as jewelry, furniture, bank and brokerage accounts, and real property. All of the decedent’s assets that are not included in a trust or don’t have a designated beneficiary must be inventoried. They are used to pay off outstanding debts, taxes and probate fees that are due. Any remaining assets are distributed to heirs and beneficiaries according to the decedent’s will. If there is not a will, they are distributed according to Connecticut state law.
The ‘probating’ process is supervised by the Connecticut Probate Court. This requires a thorough investigation of the decedent’s finances, belongings and personal business, and may be scrutinized by family members as well as the court. This can be a very emotional process for the surviving loved ones involved. In Connecticut, the executor or the successor trustee must file a Connecticut Estate Tax Return.
The Probate Court is paid a fee on the amount reported on this Estate Tax Return. The Weatherby & Associates team of experienced probate attorneys offer their services as executors. co-executors, or legal counsel to executors. We strive to handle all probate and estate matters with compassion, care and respect. Our legal team will develop a truly individualized strategy that is sure to achieve the objectives of every individual, business or family. Contact us today at 860-769-6938.
Our service area includes the towns and surrounding areas of Avon CT, Farmington CT, Granby CT, and Suffield CT, in Hartford County CT.