Hartford probate is a process which must take place after most deaths. The process can be a complicated one, especially if there are questions about who should inherit or about whether a will is valid. The executor, if one was named, is going to be in charge of moving the estate through the probate process in Connecticut court. However, family members of those who passed away should also be aware of what is involved with probate so they can make informed choices and ensure that their inheritance is fully protected.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates can provide you with invaluable help during the Hartford probate process. Our legal team provides representation to clients during estate planning who want to try to keep their estate out of probate court so their families do not have to go through the probate process.
We also provide legal guidance and representation to families and executors during Hartford probate. Give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online to find out more about the ways our legal team can help you.
Steps to Hartford Probate
The steps of the probate process can vary slightly depending upon the specifics of your situation. However, in general, some of the steps of the probate process include:
- Filing for probate with the right court. The Connecticut probate court website has a list of court locations. It is important to choose the right one based on where the deceased person lived.
- Providing appropriate notifications. Creditors, beneficiaries and potential heirs have to be notified of the death and of the probate process.
- Making an accounting of estate assets. It is important to know what is in the estate. It may also be necessary for a professional appraiser to value estate assets.
- Managing and caring for estate assets. Estate assets need to be appropriately managed by the executor. This means the executor has to monitor investments, pay bills, and otherwise make sure to protect the value of estate assets before those assets transfer to new owners.
- Determining the validity of a will. If there is a will contest, it becomes important to ensure that the will was created when the deceased was of sound mind and to ensure that the will accurately reflects the accurate wishes of the deceased and was not created under conditions of fraud or duress.
- Complying with tax obligations. Tax returns may need to be filed and, if necessary, estate taxes may have to be paid depending upon the size of the estate.
- Transferring assets to the new owners. There are formal requirements for changing the title or deed of property in order to make sure that it is clear who the new legal owner of the property is.
There may be additional steps to take and additional requirements during probate. An experienced Hartford probate attorney can provide you with the advice you need to move through the probate process while complying with your rights and respecting the wishes of the deceased.
Having an Attorney is Important
Executors should have a Hartford attorney during the probate process in order to make sure they comply with their fiduciary duty and to make sure that heirs and beneficiaries get their inheritance in as timely a manner as possible. Those who stand to inherit should also get appropriate legal help during the probate process to make sure that their rights are respected and their inheritance is kept safe.
Having an attorney is important because probate can be complicated, and there is often a lot of money at stake. You need to make sure your lawyer is someone who you can trust and who has experience with the Hartford probate process.
Getting Help from A Hartford Probate Lawyer
If you want to make it possible for your family to avoid the probate process and inherit assets more quickly, we can provide assistance using tools such as trusts and pay on death accounts. We can also provide you with assistance throughout probate, whether you are an executor, a beneficiary, or someone who wants to challenge a will.
The probate process is an important one which must be undertaken with care in order to ensure that the wishes of the deceased are respected. Give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online to find out more about the ways in which we can provide you with the help you need to make the probate process as simple, straightforward, and quick as possible.