Laws of Intestacy

Navigating Connecticut’s Intestacy Laws: Why Estate Planning Matters for Everyone

In the nuanced landscape of estate planning and probate administration, Connecticut’s laws governing intestacy distribution of a decedent’s assets are often a driving factor in the need for an estate plan. Let’s delve deeper into what happens when someone passes away without a will in Connecticut, known as intestate, and why having a personalized estate plan is crucial, regardless of financial status.

Understanding Intestacy Distribution in Connecticut:

When someone in Connecticut passes away without a will, the state’s laws step in to determine how their assets will be distributed. This process, known as intestacy distribution, follows a set pattern based on familial relationships.

For instance, if a Connecticut resident dies without a will and is survived by their spouse and children, the spouse does not inherit the entire estate as many may assume. Instead, the surviving spouse receives the first $100,000 of the decedent’s intestate property and then half of the remaining portion of assets, with the rest divided among the children equally. This distribution might not align with the deceased’s wishes, particularly if they intended for their spouse to inherit everything. This can become complex and costly if real estate is involved.

Estate Planning is Not Just for the Wealthy:

It’s a common misconception that estate planning is only for the wealthy. In reality, estate planning is essential for everyone, regardless of financial status. Whether you have substantial assets or modest belongings, having a will ensures that your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are provided for according to your desires. If you own a home or condo, an estate plan is crucial. If you own a car, have a savings account or even a beloved collection, an estate plan will ensure someone you love of your choosing receives those items.

The Importance of a Will:

We understand that estate planning can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Your estate plan can consist of a last will and testament that is a simple and concise document, or it can include a complex trust document that provides for generations to come. At Doyon & White Law Group, we will work with you and your budget to allow you to specify how you want your assets distributed, designate guardians for minor children, and even outline your preferences for healthcare decisions in case of incapacity.

Our attorneys and paralegals offer superior client services and custom plans tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. Our firm focuses on custom estate planning and compassionate probate administration and complex probate litigation. This wholistic approach to the probate legal field has prepared us to take on complex family dynamics, concerns for possible litigation, high value estates in addition to simple wills.

Our compassionate team is dedicated to guiding you through the estate planning process with care and knowledge. Whether you’re considering drafting a will, establishing a trust, or navigating probate matters, we’re here to provide the support and legal assistance you need.


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