Connecticut Attorneys Assist with Wills and Probate
Manchester law firm protects clients’ legacies in Eastern and Central Connecticut
One of the most pressing legal questions many people face is how to ensure that they pass on their accumulated wealth upon death to the family members or others they want to inherit it. At Fiorentino, Howard & Petrone, P.C., our Manchester firm represents clients in a range of estate planning matters, from drafting legally sound wills and trusts to guiding executors through the probate process. We are committed to building relationships with our clients that last a lifetime through personalized solution-driven services and attention to detail. As part of our representation, we can help you preserve your legacy and ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes after your death.
Trusted attorneys prepare comprehensive wills and trusts
A will not only states your final wishes and specifies how your property is to be distributed upon your death, but it can also allow you to provide for guardianship of minor children and name an executor to administer your estate through probate. If you die without a valid will, the state will distribute your property in a way that might not conform to your wishes. You can also establish a living trust that allows you access to the trust’s assets during your lifetime and saves your beneficiaries from having to go through the probate process after your death. We draft these instruments to meet your specific goals, providing peace of mind to you and your loved ones.
Knowledgeable counselors guide executors through the probate process
If you’ve been named the executor of an estate in Connecticut through a will, the probate process can be daunting and emotionally difficult if the deceased was a close family member or spouse. Our firm draws on years of experience guiding clients through probate to ensure estates are properly administered. We can assist with the entire process, from being appointed by the court as executor, notifying beneficiaries, inventorying the estate’s assets and paying debts, filing tax returns and finally distributing assets to those named in the will.
Diligent attorneys represent estates and other interested parties in will contests
Would-be heirs and family members may challenge the terms of a will for a number of reasons. Those who contest wills may cite these grounds for the will being invalid:
- There are defects in the way the will was prepared or signed.
- The testator (person making the will) was of unsound mind at the time the will was drafted.
- People asserted undue influence or committed fraud, pressuring the testator to shape the content of the will to that person’s benefit.
We represent clients in will contests, whether they are the ones challenging its terms or defending the will’s validity. We know that will contests can tie up an estate in probate, causing rightful heirs to wait needlessly and endure added expenses. We can also help testators avoid the potential of a contested will by preparing instruments that are specific, valid and can withstand challenges.
Contact our diligent Connecticut will and probate attorneys
If you need an attorney to prepare your will or represent you in the probate process in Connecticut, call Fiorentino, Howard & Petrone, P.C. at 860.643.1136 or contact the firm online to schedule an appointment at our office in Manchester. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but we can meet with you at other hours upon request.