April 2018

Know Your Probate Court

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Tobacco Valley District Probate Judge David Baram

This article is intended to help residents of Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, East Granby and Suffield who live in the Tobacco Valley Probate Court district become more informed about our probate court system.

Our Chief Clerk Laurie Roberts is one of the most experienced in the state; she is available to assist you. Laurie is supported by three other staff: Clerk Louis Taylor, and Assistant Clerks Pam Griffin and Erin Keena. Together they work to answer procedural questions from the public, process petitions, schedule hearings, coordinate with other referring courts, prepare notices and decrees, calendar required reports, organize each case file, input data into the central computer system, undertake initial reviews of financial reports and tax returns and keep the Judge updated on all files. It is a tremendous responsibility that is assigned to our staff. I could not be prouder of their dedication and professionalism, and they deserve our appreciation and respect.

Beginning in 2011 the Probate Courts were reorganized into 54 districts. Judges must now be licensed attorneys and are elected for four-year terms. Some of the matters that Connecticut Probate Courts have jurisdiction over include: Decedent Estates, Trusts, Conservatorships, Adoptions, Guardianships of Intellectually Disabled, Name Changes, Guardianships of Minors and Custody, Termination of Parental Rights, Paternity, Sterilization, Quarantines, Birth Certificate Access, Shock Therapy, Drug/Alcohol Commitment, Power of Attorney, Cemetery Associations, Emancipation, Life Support Removal, Death of a Tenant, etc.

More information on our probate courts can be found at http://www.ctprobatecourt.gov.  Each of our Probate Court District Towns has a link to the Tobacco Valley Probate Court on the Town website.

The Tobacco Valley Court (District 3) is located in the Windsor Locks Town Hall at 50 Church Street. Procedural information and court forms can be obtained by calling the Tobacco Valley Probate Court at 860-627-1450. The Court is open Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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