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Connecticut’s Probate Courts

Bonnie Bennet
Legal Counsel, Office of the Probate Court Administrator
bbennet@ctprobate.gov
860-231-2442
Type(s) of Volunteers Needed: 
Attorney
Counties Served: 
Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, Windham County
Legal Practice Area: 
Probate and Estate Planning
Volunteer Capacity: 
20 - 50 volunteers
Organization Mission: 

Connecticut’s Probate Courts are responsible for a broad range of cases involving children, seniors, persons with mental illness and adults with intellectual disability. The mission of the Probate Court system, given the sensitive nature of the matters that we handle, is to provide an approachable forum for families to resolve their cases in a fair, prompt and economical manner.

Volunteer Responsibility: 
Full representation, co-counsel representation, and/or limited scope representation in State Court., Full representation, co-counsel representation and/or limited scope representation., Writing, Drafting, Legal Research.
Volunteer Opportunity Description: 

Attorneys are needed to represent parties in Probate Court proceedings for whom there is no statutory right to counsel and no provision for state payment of attorney compensation.  For example, there is no statutory provision for the appointment of an attorney for the petitioner in conservatorships, children’s matters and guardianships of adults with intellectual disability.  Attorneys may also be needed to serve as guardian ad litem for children or conserved persons.

The volunteer cannot perform his or her responsibilities remotely.
Minimum Relevant Experience: 
0 - 2 years
Liability Insurance: 
No, the program does not provide professional liability insurance to volunteers.
Volunteer Engagement: 
Annual Probate Assembly and PCA Public Service Award

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