Connecticut is now the most expensive place to die: Probate fees on settling estates — a legal process that determines the authenticity of wills and the administering of a deceased’s assets — have risen, resulting in invoices that could top $100,000 or even $1 million.


HAR Justice suggests that beneficiaries pay attention to the red flags that attorneys use to unnecessarily liquidate estate assets and force probate properties into foreclosure

1) the “family allowance” scam, here attorneys pretend to be the good guy by telling the beneficiary that they can get some crappy allowance that in most cases is a “mere pittance”; 

2) failing to contact banks and mortgage companies so that your home and property goes into foreclosure;  

3) not communicating with beneficiaries;  

4) intimidation;  

5) all court appointees have all financial control over the estate; 

6) lawyers allow bogus “liens” (lens pendens) on your home or other real estate to force the beneficiary to refinance or sell as part of the scheme to defraud the estate;    

7) reroute the beneficiaries and decedent’s mail to the lawyers (public administrator, public trustee, or conservator’s P.O. Box;  

8) keep facts and evidence from the judge to perpetuate the scheme–keep the truth out of court;   

9) lawyers start to withdraw from your case after pillaging and screwing your case up, then they talk in their “locker room” arenas to discredit the beneficiary or client; 

10) denial of your 14th Amendment rights to an evidentiary hearing on the facts, evidence, and merits of your case and probate matter– this denial of your rights “violates” your Constitutional rights to due process of law;  

11) stops communicating with beneficiaries and family members;  

12) uses the phone as a primary way to churn fees. At $275- $500 per hour, this is a sure fire way for lawyers to eat up your assets and one of the most common “tricks in the book” this also keeps beneficiaries and clients from having solid evidence to use against the lawyer in court; 

13) the family “trust” home eviction. Trustees try to “evict” the beneficiary from the home or property of the decedent in order to liquidate the property to “the enterprise of real estate investors”– this is why you must have a beneficiary deed so the property transfers  out of probate– trusts are a scheme…; 

14) lawyers as “asset management companies”–almost all probate lawyers hold them selves out as asset management companies–really this is how lawyers, banks, realtor associations know when your property is up for grabs, also the primary way lawyers take property and homes from beneficiaries as “investors.” Do your research, lawyers have the “first dibs” on your property and a slew of lawyers have purchased and are living in probate/foreclosed properties purchased for pennies on the dollar. Probate is the modern day “mob” industry and should be regulated under anti-racketeering statutes.

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Connecticut has become the most expensive place to die in the U.S.

Probate fees on settling estates — a legal process that determines the authenticity of wills and the administering of a deceased’s assets — have risen, resulting in invoices that could top $100,000 or even $1 million.

“It’s outrageous,” Westport attorney Amy Day told CNBC. “We always had a cap on probate fees of $12,500. Now it’s not going to be unusual for people to pay upward of $50,000.”

One of the big reasons for the shocking increase in fees has been a budget cut at the state legislature that has strangled funding to the probate court system. A previous $12,500 cap on court fees has been eliminated, and fees on estates worth more than $2 million have doubled to 0.5% of the estate’s value.

Lawyers and judges have since remarked on the debilitating result of this decision. Judge Paul Knierim, Connecticut’s probate court administrator, said if the new fees were applied last year, two estates worth more than $200 million apiece would have paid more than $1 million in probate costs and about a dozen worth over $20 million would have paid more than $100,000. Knierim and some state lawmakers are planning to campaign for a reversion to the previous system next year.

“I think the fundamental problem is that the change in decedents’ estate fees imposes the burden of running the probate court system on a very small portion of the population,” Knierim said to CNBC.

State Governor Dannel Malloy put forward a state budgetlast month that included cuts in education, health care, and social services.

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