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According to the PROBATE COURT USER GUIDE, ADMINISTRATION OF DECEDENTS’ ESTATES, published by the OFFICE OF THE PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, STATE OF CONNECTICUT, all estates must file an Estate Tax Return in the Probate Court within six (6) months of death.
Forms for Probate Court matters are available online at www.ctprobate.gov . Click on “Forms.” Forms are also available at the Probate Courts.
The PROBATE COURT USER GUIDE includes steps that outline the major responsibilities of the fiduciary in settling a decedent’s estate. The outline is not intended to be all-inclusive and cover every situation. Fiduciaries of some estates may have additional responsibilities, depending on individual circumstances.
Step 1: File the will and Petition/Administration or Probate of Will, PC-200, within 30 days of the decedent’s death.
Step 2: Take possession of the decedent’s property.
Step 3: If the decedent owned real estate, file Notice for Land Records/Appointment of Fiduciary, PC-251, within two months of appointment as fiduciary.
Step 4: File Inventory, PC-440, within two months of appointment as fiduciary.
Step 5: Obtain cash for estate administration as needed. The fiduciary should anticipate the cash needs of the estate to pay for administration expenses, taxes, claims and bequests. He or she has the authority to convert into cash any personal property not specifically bequeathed but must obtain permission from the Probate Court to sell, mortgage or otherwise convey real estate, unless specifically authorized to do so under the terms of the will.
Step 6: Follow statutory procedures for the payment of claims against the estate, and file Return of Claims and List of Notified Creditors, PC-237, at the required time.
Step 7: File tax returns and pay applicable taxes. Taxes payable as a result of death include the federal estate tax, which is reported to the federal government on federal Form 706, and the Connecticut estate and gift tax, which is reported to Connecticut on Form CT-706/709.
Step 8: File final financial report or account, usually within 12 months of the decedent’s death.
Step 9: Distribute assets to beneficiaries.
Step 10: File Affidavit of Closing of Estate, PC-213.
The PROBATE COURT USER GUIDE at http://www.ctprobate.gov/Pages/TrustsEstates.aspx also has a list of frequently asked questions, one of which asks if an attorney is required. While not required, it is often advisable for the executor or administrator to consider seeking professional assistance in connection with settling an estate, particularly when preparing tax returns, dealing with substantial or unusual assets or in the event of a dispute among the parties.
The above information is not legal advice and is solely provided for educational purposes. It is a summary of information provided by the OFFICE OF THE PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR, STATE OF CONNECTICUT.
For a complete description of Probate Procedures go to https://bmre.us/probaterules