If an individual dies without a will, the state of Connecticut through its statutory schemes already set out what the process for distribution of the estate is. First and foremost, some will have to be appointed as administrator of the estate which is the same as an executor. However, because there is no will which designates who you’d like, the probate judge makes that decision. Again, the judge will be happy to consider recommendations or suggestions from family members or others close to the deceased, but the judge will have the final say. Having done that, the judge will then direct the administrator to do an inventory of the deceased’s estate and in accordance with the state statutes, will order distribution of the assets of the estate. A spouse, if there is one, will be the primary beneficiary. Children will be the next in line and if there are no children or spouse, then the closest relative to the deceased will inherit. All of this is laid out in a statute and please, contact us if you have any questions, we’ll guide you through that process and answer those questions.
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