January 29, 2013
Connecticut Probate Reform "Working"
The recent probate reforms in Connecticut has been deemed to be working. Some in Connecticut disagree and argue that the probate reform that was implemented in 2009 is bit of an overstatement considering the number of controversies that the system recently faced. The most infamous of these cases involved the misbehavior of a conservator and a probate judge, who "conspired to circumvent the will of an elderly woman who wanted to bequeathed her farm to her longtime caretaker." The probate reform has brought a series of changes to the systems. First, the regional system has reduced the number of courts in the system from 117 to 54. Second, the legislation also stated that the courts will remain open for a normal work week, and third all new judges must be lawyers. In addition, reform includes, "centralized financial operations, improved information technology, a uniform compensation and benefits package for court employees, and judges' salaries based on population and workload instead of the wealth of the district."
See Probate Reforms Are Working, Fewer Courts: Restructuring of the Probate System is Improving the Product, Hartford Courant, Jan. 18, 2013.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.
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