A principal role of a probate court is to ensure that property from a decedent’s estate is distributed to those who are legally entitled to it. If the person had a will when he or she died, the division of property will be carried out according to the wishes of the decedent as set forth in the will. The probate court must determine that the will is genuine before distributing the property, and also will insure that any debts, funeral expenses or taxes owed by the decedent are paid before distributing the remaining assets. The process of proving the authenticity of the will and distributing the estate assets is referred to as “probating” the will.
If you have any questions related to wills in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.