Estate Planning and Administration, Incapacity Planning and Probate Court Matters: Conservatorship Proceedings

Estate Planning and Administration

Our attorneys are experienced in providing estate planning advice to clients during many phases of their adult lives. The planning can range from preparing simple wills, wills designed for spouses who are living in the community while the other spouse is receiving care in a nursing facility to more sophisticated asset protection techniques utilizing various types of trusts such as special needs trusts and trusts for surviving minor children. We pride ourselves on our ability to understand our clients' individual goals and overall financial and family dynamics. This permits us to provide advice that is not only sound but tailored to each individual client.

The Law Offices of Joel D. Muhlbaum, LLC also represents fiduciaries (Executors or Administrators) in the settlement of decedent’s estates in the area probate courts.

Incapacity Planning

We regard planning for one’s future incapacity to be an essential element of our philosophy. While traditional estate planning documents (such as a Last Will and Testament) “speak at death” our attorneys are also keenly aware of and focused on having appropriate incapacity planning documents and advance medical directives in place for our clients. These documents “speak during our clients’ lifetime” and as such directly affect our client’s quality of life. By establishing living wills, the appointment of a health care representative, durable powers of attorney, and designations of conservator for future incapacity, we are able to counsel our clients effectively so as to avoid, in most cases, probate court proceedings relating to incapacity.

Probate Court Matters

Negotiating Connecticut’s Probate Court system can often be an intimidating process for the unrepresented. When working with our office, you can take comfort in being able to rely on experienced attorneys through all stages of the probate process. If you have been appointed as an Executor of a decedent’s estate under a Last Will and Testament or if you are concerned with the diminishing capacity of a “loved-one” and wish to commence a Conservatorship matter, we can provide you with the experienced guidance that you will require. In fact, our attorneys have been appointed to serve as Court-Appointed Counsel as well as Guardians ad Litem by many of the Probate Court Judges in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our compassionate lawyers are knowledgeable in this area of the law and are deeply committed to providing competent and responsive services to family members in need.


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