The race for Judge of Probate for Westport-Weston gained some traction Tuesday night as Democrat Kieran Costello and Republican Lisa Wexler, both attorneys, presented distinct styles at the Westport League of Women Voters (LVW) and Y’s Women co-sponsored candidates debate.
The video of October 15, 2013 Probate Judge Debate in Westport is now available online as well. Please click on this link: http://westport.wms.arcostream.com/002747/wms/cdb_101513c.wmv
Attorney Lisa Wexler, candidate for probate judge, is absolutely correct in giving up her law practice while on the bench as she is aware of the inherent conflict of interest which would ensue. No other Connecticut judges on any other benches are allowed such a conflict and in Massachusetts, where probate judges are appointed by committee, it certainly is not allowed. Atty. Wexler has shown by this declaration to be incorruptible and sets an example for all others. She must be elected because of her integrity, legal experience, intelligence and decades of public service to the community. Ellen L.F. Strauss, Esq.Posted by ellen l.f. strauss, esq. on October 17, 2013
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The full article appeared in Forbes.com on August 1, 2013.
Yale Law School professor John H. Langbein said that “When citizens of our state ask me about Connecticut probate, I give this simple advice: Try not to die in Connecticut. If you are a person of means, you should establish your domicile in some place such as Florida or Maine or Arizona that has a responsible probate system.” See Langbein’s testimony before the Connecticut Legislature Committe………What should be done about Connecticut’s probate scandals? Langbein believes “the reform that is needed is to get rid of the probate court system, fold the jurisdiction into the ordinary courts as in other states, and have it served by real judges chosen more on merit.” Unfortunately, such genuine reform isn’t likely to happen, because as Langbein notes, “The probate gang is a feared interest group in the state legislature, and they largely get what they want.”
Probate issues, though little talked about outside the world of trusts and estates, could spur an acceleration of the exodus from Connecticut as affluent baby boomers retire where they’re less likely to be looted.
TopRetirements.com rated states according to their desirability for retirement. They ranked Connecticut dead last.
The most fundamental lesson here is simply that investors, entrepreneurs and other productive people want to go where they’re welcome. They start to think about leaving when they feel exploited.
If enough of these people leave, how can a declining economy possibly turn around?