Whether or not he or she had a will, when an individual dies, his or her final legal affairs will need to be addressed under the guidance of the probate court. Ganim Legal, P.C., protects the rights and interests of estate executors, beneficiaries and the estates of decedents throughout the probate process.
Attorney Paul Ganim has 25 years of experience serving people throughout Connecticut. He is an elected Probate Judge in Bridgeport and therefore cannot represent Bridgeport probate clients. However, he can represent clients in all other probate courts in the state and can refer you to competent counsel for Bridgeport matters. For information or to arrange a consultation, call our law office at 203-864-6625.
Questions about probate? Read answers to some frequently asked questions.
The following is an overview of what occurs in probate. Please bear in mind that each legal matter is unique and there are many more items to consider than are listed below. While each probate is different, the process generally takes less than a year to complete.
- An application will be filed with the probate court, and a hearing will be scheduled. If there is a will, an executor will be appointed. If there is no will, an administrator will be appointed. At this point, the executor or the administrator takes on the fiduciary duties of the estate.
- For probate involving real estate, a Certificate for Land Records will be recorded.
- The estate’s assets will be inventoried, valued and reported to the probate court.
- The estate’s debts will paid. Additionally, a Notice to Creditors will be published in the local newspaper, and creditors will have five months to make claims against the estate.
- Estate taxes may or may not be due. A state estate tax return must be filed, and a federal estate tax return may be filed.
- A Final Accounting and Proposed Distribution of the Estate will be prepared. This shows that all bills, expenses and applicable taxes were paid. The document will also list the proposed distribution of the remaining assets. The probate court will schedule a hearing to approve the final accounting and proposed distribution. Assets are then distributed to the beneficiaries.
Disputes can arise at any stage. We effectively protect our clients in litigious matters involving claims against the estate, alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, will contests and trust litigation.
Ganim Legal, P.C., can guide you through the complexities of handling a loved one’s final affairs. We offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients. To schedule yours with a knowledgeable lawyer, call 203-864-6625 or contact us online.