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JUDGE OF PROBATE

 

James
            Purnell Judge of Probate

Hon. O. James Purnell, III, Esq.
Judge of the Court of Probate,
District of Ellington 12
Vernon Town Hall
14 Park Place
P.O. Box 268
Vernon, CT  06066-0268
Telephone: (860) 872-0519
Fax: (860) 870-5140
jpurnell@ctprobate.gov

Probate Judge: Hon. O. James Purnell

Hours:
Monday-Wednesday  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Probate wills and the administration of estates, determines title to real and personal property and trust, appoints guardians for the mentally retarded; remove unfit parents as guardians of their children, grant adoptions, grant name changes. For frequently asked questions regarding the Probate Court visit:  http://www.jud.state.ct.us/probate/faq.html

 

Probate Courts have jurisdiction over a wide variety of matters including:

Trusts and Estates

  • probating wills and the administration of estates;
  • overseeing testamentary and living trusts;
  • determining title to real and personal property; and,
  • construing the meaning of wills and trusts.
 

Guardians, Conservators and Civil Commitment

  • appointing guardians for persons who are mentally retarded;
  • approving sterilizations and placements of persons who are mentally retarded;
  • appointing a guardian of the estate or person for a child;
  • for persons with mental illness and/or for persons who are incapable of managing or administering their own affairs, appointing conservators of the person and the estate; and,
  • committing those suffering from severe mental illness to an appropriate facility.

Parents

  • removing unfit parents as guardians of their children;
  • hearing the claims of paternity of unwed fathers;
  • terminating the parental rights of parents who cannot fulfill their parental responsibilities; and,
  • granting adoptions.

Other

  • granting name changes;
  • approving or disapproving the marriage of a youth under the age of sixteen years;
  • waiving the blood tests required for the issuance of a marriage license; and,
  • assisting persons in obtaining passports.

 

Probate Court FAQs

http://www.jud.ct.gov/probate/faq.html

Do I Need an Attorney For a Probate Court Proceeding?
Parties involved in a proceeding do not necessarily require a lawyer to represent them. Probate court forms are designed to be "user-friendly,'' and the probate clerk or judge may offer limited assistance to people completing required forms and reports. In the case of complex estates or complicated family matters, however, an attorney should be retained, as explained below.

Decedent's Estates
The executor or administrator of an estate should obtain legal assistance if:

  • extensive help is required;
  • the estate includes substantial or unusual assets, such as a closely held business or a copyright;
  • the estate is large enough to involve the filing of a Federal Estate Tax Return;
  • there are problems involving taxation;
  • the executor or administrator has substantial questions concerning the law or fiduciary responsibilities; or,
  • the will or any matter in the estate is contested.

Family Matters
In the following matters, an attorney is required for the respondent (the person who is the subject of the proceeding):

  • guardianship, placement, and sterilization of the mentally retarded;
  • commitment of mentally ill adults and children;
  • involuntary conservatorship;
  • temporary custody or removal of guardianship for a minor child; and,
  • termination of parental rights (legal representation is required for both the minor child and the respondent parent(s).

What can I expect?
The probate courts have often been called "the people's courts" because they offer simple, direct access to legal proceedings. They have also been described as "neighborhood courts" because there is a probate court in almost every town in the state. 123 of 169 towns have a probate court.

Convenience and efficiency are the hallmarks of the probate court. The majority of uncontested matters are heard within four weeks of the time a person goes downtown or drives to the next town to file the application. In most cases, the probate courtroom will be a conference room in the probate court offices. The atmosphere at the hearing is informal; the judge does not preside from a bench or wear a black robe.

Probate Court Forms

 

 Probate Forms

 

 

GENERAL

PC-170

Report of Representative for Interested Party

PC-180

Second Sheet

PC-181

General Waiver

PC-183

Appearance of Attorney

PC-184

Request/Order - Waiver of Fees/Petitioner

PC-184A

Request/Order - Waiver of Fees/Respondent

 

DECEDENTS' ESTATES

PC-200

Application/Administration or Probate of Will

PC-201

Application/Ancillary Probate of Will

PC-202

Application and Decree for Support Allowance

PC-203

Application/Decree and Return Safe Deposit Box

PC-204

Application/Declaration of Insolvent Estate

PC-205

Application for Certificate Releasing Connecticut Succession and Estate Tax Liens

PC-210

Affidavit in Proof of Will and/or Codicil

PC-211

Affidavit for Filing Will not Submitted for Probate

PC-212

Affidavit in Lieu of Administration

PC-212A

Request For Order of Distribution

PC-213

Affidavit of Closing of Decedent's Estate

PC-234

Notice to Creditors to Present Claims

PC-237

Return of Claims and List of Notified Creditors

PC-241

Cover Sheet/Administration Account Decedent's Estate

PC-242

Decedent's Estate Administration Account (Short Form)

PC-243

Statement in Lieu of Account

PC-244

Acceptance and Waiver Re: Statement in Lieu of Account

PC-245

Acceptance and Waiver Re: Final Account

PC-256

Certificate Releasing Connecticut Succession and Estate Tax Liens

PC-265

Acceptance of Trust/Ex Parte Decree Qualifying Testamentary Trustee

PC-280

Bond Waiver

 

 

CONSERVATORS

PC-300

Application/Appointment of Conservator

PC-301

Application for Voluntary Representation by Conservator

PC-302

Application for Appointment of Temporary Conservator

PC-310

Affidavit/Appointment of Commissioner of Social Services as Conservator

PC-370

Physician's Evaluation/Conservatorship

PC-371

Conservator's Report

 

 

FIDUCIARIES

PC-400

Application to Sell or Mortgage Real Property

PC-410

Affidavit of Financial Responsibility Personal Surety

PC-440

Inventory

PC-441

Fiduciary's Periodic or Final Account (Short Form)

PC-480

Probate Bond

PC-482

Appointment of Judge of Probate as Agent for Service by Non-Resident Fiduciary

 

 

TEMPORARY CUSTODY AND GUARDIANSHIP

PC-500

Application/Removal of Guardian

PC-501

Application/Immediate Temporary Custody

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