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False Facts Friday Issue 3: “My dearly-departed spouse and I owned everything jointly, so there is no need for me to file any papers with the Probate Court.”

Most people want to avoid “probate.” Sometimes when a couple hears that if they own all of their assets jointly they will avoid probate, they understand that to mean nothing has to be done when their spouse passes away. This is not true. In Connecticut, when someone passes away, it is necessary to file an Estate Tax Return. This is true if the person owned assets in his or her own name, or owned all of his or her assets jointly with their spouse or someone else. Now before you start cursing Connecticut (a state I happen to love), let’s

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The Real Diddy About Jack and Diane (By Joan Reed Wilson, with special thanks to John Cougar Mellencamp)

Who remembers Jack and Diane? Those two crazy kids in love in John Cougar’s (before he admitted that his real last name was Mellencamp) 1980’s song, enjoying the carefree life of teenagers. Do you know what happened to Jack and Diane? Here’s the real ditty about Jack and Diane (lawyers always have to be the bearer of the bad news). After a couple summers hanging behind the Tasty Freeze, Jack and Diane grew apart, broke up, got married to other people, had kids of their own, started careers, got divorced and found each other again thirty years later. They’re not

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Pilot Program Launched to Allow Limited Scope Representation in Family Matters

There is an ever-increasing number of pro se litigants in divorce cases. Navigating the process on your own can be a daunting task. In an effort to assist pro se litigants, Connecticut has launched a pilot program that will allow divorcing parties to hire an attorney to represent them for some aspects of their case without hiring one for the entire proceeding. This is also sometimes known as “unbundling.” This means that parties can represent themselves throughout the case but, in addition, may also hire an attorney for specific matters such as alimony and child support, motions for exclusive possession,

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Communication Is The Key To Avoiding Family Squabbles

In our estate planning, probate and elder law practice here at Wilson, Pinder & Snow, LLC, we often see family squabbles that erupt because of unmet expectations. Many of these expectations involve emotionally-valuable personal property. And many of them erupt after the passing of a loved one. In many instances, had the family discussed these expectations prior to their loved one’s passing, these squabbles (some of which end up severing family relationships for a lifetime) could have been avoided.  With the holidays upon us, we urge you to use these tips. Please feel free to share this article with your

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