If you do not write your Last Will and Testament, or a Revocable Trust centered Estate Plan, the State of Connecticut will write it for you under the laws of intestacy-this from a State that can not balance its budget. Get your estate plan in order so you do not have to rely on the Courts to repair it.
When dealing with an older person that is frail, you have the obligation to refrain from putting them in a position of risk.
Outsiders that have older people sign documents appointing strangers as Executors or Trustees often have the interests of
themselves at heart. Most people know someone they can trust, and do not have to rely on a stranger to administer their
Pay attention to details in contracts. Documents that look benign can turn on a simple phrase.
Do not agree to “time is of the essence” unless you know the consequences.
If your tenant is abusing you and you are the landlord, evict the tenant and sue the tenant for damages.
Do not allow strangers to take over your family and its wealth.
Probate is only as mystifying as the salesperson you are listenting to. Whether you choose to settle your affairs through the Probate Court, or to avoid Probate by use of techniques that by pass the scrutiny of the Probate Court, the success of any Estate Plan depends on the persons you have nominated to execute your wishes- your Executor, Personal Representative, Trustee or Guardian.
Lawyers and notaries who are strangers to you should not make house calls. Only the vacuum salesperson makes house calls. Ask whether the home solicitor has your interests only in mind.
If a trustee or executor is not impartial, consider going to Probate Court to remove the fiduciary.
If you are the victim of lender misconduct, review the file for statutory violations.
There are a lot of crummy legal forms on the internet. “Do it yourselfers” get in trouble all the time using magic legal forms found on the internet. Consult your lawyer before using forms found on line that are not tailored to your factual situation. Beware legal advice given to you by someone not trained in law.