CT State Senate Approves Probate Court Reform Bill

by Ryan McKeen

The Senate last night approved a bill that cuts the current 117 probate court districts by more than half. It also imposes regular schedules in those courts and requires future probate judges to be attorneys. Conn Politics.TV

You can read the text of the bill here.

My question is where is the state going to put these courts?

I’ve been to dozens of probate courts throughout the state. Many of them are tucked in cramped offices in the basements of local town halls. ┬áVery small spaces.

It’s certainly possible for small towns to share a court. For example East Granby and Suffield already do.

I agree that Connecticut has too many probate courts. Mostly in small towns in the eastern and western parts of the state and consolidation is a good idea.

But I suspect that the logistics of implementing this bill will prove to be challenging to say the least.

Ryan McKeen is a trial attorney at Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC in Glastonbury, Connecticut. In 2016, he was honored by the CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame for securing one of the highest settlements in the state. He is a New Leader in the Law. ABA 100. Avvo 10. 40 under 40 for Hartford Business Journal. He has been quoted in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Hartford Business Journal. He focuses his practice on Connecticut Personal Injury law. He loves what he does. Contact him ryan@cttrialfirm.com or 860 471 8333

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