Nine Towns Support Voluntary Consolid...

Nine Towns Support Voluntary Consolidation Of Probate Courts

There are 10 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 23, 2009, titled Nine Towns Support Voluntary Consolidation Of Probate Courts. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Representatives of the nine member towns of the Lower Connecticut River Valley Selectmen's Association met Thursday morning to discuss the proposed consolidation of the probate court system.

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#1 Apr 24, 2009
I am happy to read the Selectmen strongly oppose the state's proposal that the judges must be former practicing attorneys; Probate, families require a human appreciation rather than a technical expert.
My understanding of the inquiry to consolidate Probate Courts is to save money. Why would a Selectman offer to increase the fees a grieving or troubled family or individual must pay? I think that is contrary to the expectations of most residents, voters and future applicants to our Probate courts. And if judges can continue to have a lay background, that in and of itself I'd imagine would save on compensation.
Rich

Willimantic, CT

#2 Apr 24, 2009
As one who has seen the workings of a probate court recently I say it is absolutely essential that all the judges be qualified attorneys, and having too many local courts just puts judges in bed with local attorneys, a bad situation for people being represented. I want to probate system to be impartial, professional, and rational, and I'm not getting all teary-eyed about the idea that people would want local courts to hold their hands over custody battles--courts need to be fair and professional above all, and these courts are not. Connecticut is a small state, people are accustomed to driving a couple of towns away to do business at state offices, there's no reason for every little town to have a local probate judge ready to collude with local attorneys in raping an estate...
OLD GOAT Saybrook

Ivoryton, CT

#3 Apr 24, 2009
Another stupid idea. Removal of 81 is almost 50 percent of the 169 towns throughout the state. Those of us who need a Probate Judge shouldn't have to drive greater distances, burn more gas and get lesser services with an unknown person. I liken it to having an Attorney ad Litem forced upon me for my Grand Children just to employ an attorney who needs work, more income, and doen't know how to find it.

Hope all smaller towns will fight the issues.
Matt from CT

Arverne, NY

#4 Apr 24, 2009
If laws are too complex at this level for a lay judicial official...

It means the laws need reform, not who judges it.

Oh My

Amityville, NY

#5 Apr 24, 2009
We need to do this sort of thing state wide to save money. Towns can save a bundle by sharing reosurces. It's a hard sell in New England, we are so territorial.
Not in Kansas

Oakville, CT

#6 Apr 24, 2009
No surprise that Emperor Mike would support this. Anything to put a Democrat out of work.
Greedy Government

Old Lyme, CT

#7 Apr 24, 2009
You would think that after leading with "Nine Towns" the story might actually name them.
As usual the courants writers have left out the basics...who what when where and why.
Nothing is going to get accomplished here until the lawyers can come to terms on how to "Whack Up" the cash between themselves.
After all that is what the patronage jobs in Probate are all about.
Political rat holes

United States

#8 Apr 24, 2009
Probate courts have been ripping us off for years - many of these "judges" rountinely steer expensive estate work to favorite local lawyers who return the favor and then tell everyone how "caring" they are. They do not reveal their salaries and benefits but the numbers can be gotten from the Probate administrative office - they are very well paid for what acting as glorified file clerks. Oh - probate judges hire assistants - often not needed - and far too often a close family member,qualified or not, to share in the spoils. The really fun part is when they "threaten" their townsfolk about how difficult life will be if they go out of existence --- Big news story!- The primary job of a probate judge is to collect death taxes -That's it, folks -
Rich

Old Saybrook, CT

#9 Apr 25, 2009
"Another stupid idea. Removal of 81 is almost 50 percent of the 169 towns throughout the state. Those of us who need a Probate Judge shouldn't have to drive greater distances, burn more gas and get lesser services with an unknown person."

How many times are you ever going to use a probate court? Once when your parents die and once when you die? Why would you care so much about having to drive once in a lifetime to a will reading out of town but not make a fuss about having to drive across the state every few years to use a DMV office? People who complain about not having a probate judge in every town are probably either friends of the judge (my first case against this system) or they have no idea how much their children will lose when the unprofessional elected judge colludes with local attorneys to part your children from the estate you've left them...
To Kansas

Bernardston, MA

#10 Apr 27, 2009
Im all for Probate reform, especially here in Old Saybrook. Roger is a nice guy, but overall he's incompetent and has been ever since he landed his gig at Park & Rec. He was a terrible First Selectman, and is a terrible Judge of Probate. It's no laughing matter how much better things got after he left his two previous posts. For me it has nothing to do with being a Dem or Repub, look at the individual's performance and base your decision on that...... I know for a fact that there have been several breeches in confidentiality and ethics when Roger meddles with family estates, and unfortunately, yours could be next.

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