The Probate Process in Connecticut

The death of a loved one is a difficult experience for anyone to navigate. It’s also a process that can become significantly more stressful and painful in the event of a family legal dispute. Without clear consensus regarding the wishes of the deceased, surviving family members may be compelled to deal with thorny legal matters — a situation that can strain relationships even under the best of circumstances.
Few people enjoy thinking about dealing with the loss of a loved one or leaving loved ones behind. Yet smart planning is critically important if you want to ensure that friends, family members and dependents are taken care of.
Probate cases are among the most complex and time-consuming in the legal field. Connecticut laws governing administration and distribution of estates are often complicated and can vary by jurisdiction. Additionally, those who have been appointed as an executor, or designated as an administrator, may find themselves struggling to keep pace with the extensive requirements of the job. Balancing one’s normal life with a whole range of new legal responsibilities — all occurring during a time of great sadness — can quickly become overwhelming. Seeking help from an experienced probate attorney like Paul Ganim can help relieve this burden.

Helping you Navigate Probate and Estate Administration

Attorney Paul Ganim has been serving estate administrators and executors in Connecticut for nearly 25 years. He is also an elected Probate Judge in Bridgeport, a position he has held since 1998. (Due to his appointment, Paul Ganim cannot represent probate clients in Bridgeport; however, he does represent families in all other probate courts in the state, including those in Fairfield, New Haven, Stamford, Norwalk, Trumbull, Westport, Easton, Monroe, Wilton and Redding. If you need a probate attorney in Bridgeport, we can refer you to competent counsel.)
As your legal counsel, we will help you at each stage of the probate process. If you are an estate executor, we will help you understand your fiduciary duties. If you are a beneficiary, we can help you understand your inheritance rights.
As your legal counsel, we will help you at each stage of the probate process. If you are an estate executor, we will help you understand your fiduciary duties. If you are a beneficiary, we can help you understand your inheritance rights.
We also offer a range of additional probate and estate services that include:

Estate Administration

Including management of estate affairs, notification of beneficiaries, paying creditors and paying estate taxes.

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Probate Litigation

Including claims against the estate, breach of fiduciary duty, will contests and trust litigation.

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Estate Planning

Including the drafting and review of wills, trusts and conservatorships.

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Ten Reasons You Need a Probate Lawyer

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