Probate Court

Connecticut is divided into 54 probate districts, each of which is presided over by a Judge of Probate who is elected to office for a four-year term.  There are also 6 Regional Children's Courts.

Probate Courts have jurisdiction over many matters:
  • Probating wills and the administration of estates;
  • Overseeing testamentary and living trusts;
  • Determining title to real and personal property;
  • Construing the meaning of wills and trusts;
  • Appointing guardians for the intellectually disabled;
  • Appointing conservators of the person and the estate of incapable individuals;
  • Committing those suffering from mental illness, alcoholism, or drug addiction to an appropriate facility;
  • Removing unfit parents as guardians of their children;
  • Terminating the parental rights of parents who cannot fulfill their parental responsibilities;
  • Granting adoptions;
  • Granting name changes;
  • Other matters.
Sometimes the issues presented to the Probate Courts are complex and difficult. Therefore, it is important that you seek competent professional advice, so that your legal rights are fully protected. Although this pamphlet is not a substitute for such assistance, it has been designed to give you an overview of probate court operations, with specific emphasis on the procedures that are to be followed in probating a will or administering an estate. The probate judge and staff will be happy to answer your procedural questions, but they are not allowed to give you specific legal advice.

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Contact Information

Judge Kurt M. Ahlberg
Birdseye Municipal Complex
468 Birdseye Street, 2nd Floor
Stratford, CT 06615

Phone: (203) 385-4023