The responsibility for administering a decedent’s estate often falls on a family member or friend. When a person who owns property dies, the probate court becomes involved in overseeing the division of property among those legally entitled to it. Since many of the estates handled in the probate courts deal with complex statutes and tax laws, it is recommended that people seek the advice of an attorney. Please note that the Court cannot give you that legal advice.
For a more detailed look at the guidelines for administration of decedents’ estates click here.
All petitions for new estates must be accompanied by:
- Death certificate
- Original will
- A $68.25 check payable to “Hearst Media” for a newspaper notice to creditors, and
- A $60.00 check payable to “Fairfield Town Clerk” (if the decedent owned any solely-owned property in Fairfield)
Please note, fees are subject to change.
The Fairfield Probate Court will record the death notice on the land records for Fairfield real estate.
- The probate fee is billed at the filing of estate tax return, and the rates are set by state statutes.
Common forms needed in Decedents’ Estate are:
Click Here for the Guidelines for Administration of Decedents’ Estates booklet
PC-246 Financial Report / Decedent’s Estate
PC-200 Petition/Administration or Probate of Will
PC-212 Affidavit in Lieu of Probate of Will
PC-212A Request for Order of Distribution
PC-237 Return of Claims and List of Notified Creditors
PC-242 Decedent’s Estate Administration Account (Short Form)
PC-280 Bond Waiver
PC-284 Acceptance of Trust/Ex Parte Decree Qualifying Testamentary Trustee
PC-400 Petition to Sell or Mortgage Real Property
PC-480 Probate Bond
PC-482 Appointment of Judge of Probate as Agent for Service by Non-Resident Fiduciary
All Connecticut Estate and Gift Tax Forms, including CT-706, CT-709, and CT-1041