Probate Administration and Estate Planning

Probate Administration & Estate Planning in CT

Looking for a probate lawyer or estate planning attorney in CT?

Wolf & Shore Law Group understands how important estate planning can be, especially in this economic climate. In addition to estate planning matters such as wills, simple trusts, special needs trusts, living wills and medical directives, Wolf & Shore Law Group also handles a wide variety of probate matters, including Orders of Temporary Custody and other sensitive issues affecting children, the elderly, veterans, persons with mental retardation, and individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

We strive to protect the rights of these individuals and advocate on their behalf, as well as afford their loved ones the opportunity to remain involved in the process and appraised of the situation.

“Wolf & Shore, LLC was professional, [gave me] great advice and made me feel comfortable.” – W.C., West Haven, CT

Wolf & Shore Law Group also offers fiduciary representation to those who have been named an executor/executrix, trustee, agent or attorney-in-fact to ensure that they can fulfill their role as such and represents beneficiaries in estate matters.

CT Probate Administration & Estate Planning Checklist

Divorce in Connecticut can be a difficult time for all parties involved. It’s critical to go through the necessary steps in order to move forward;

  • Do you need to assess what you need in an estate plan?
  • Do you have an estate plan that needs to be updated?
  • Do you have a loved one who is disabled and need to be appointed as their conservator or guardian?
  • Do you need to remove your co-parent as a guardian of your child or terminate his or her rights?
  • If you answered yes to any of the above, it may be time to retain an attorney.

Commonly Asked Questions About Probate Administration & Estate Planning in Connecticut

Yes. We recommend that everyone over the age of 18 draft a Will. Even if you don’t think that you need one, you should take a good look at your assets and truly consider it. Even if all you own is a car, if it’s solely in your name and you do not have a will, it will need to go through probate court. Whether or not you are married, you should specify to whom your assets should be disbursed. Even more importantly, if you have children, or even pets, you should consider who would be their guardian if something were to happen to you and your child’s other co-parent. It is always worth while to discuss your estate planning options to make sure that you, your estate, and your loved ones, are protected.

Yes. You can file for an Order of Temporary Custody through the probate or juvenile courts, depending on the specific situation. You should be able to articulate why your grandchild is not safe and whether she is neglected, uncared for, or simply in a dangerous situation. It is important to file the paperwork correctly and timely and explain the evidence that supports your concerns.

Yes. You can file in probate court to be the guardian of your child’s estate. This is often helpful if there is another parent whom you do not want to access the funds.