Stevens, Harris, Guernsey, and Quilliam, P.C. - Attorneys-At-Law

Stevens, Harris, Guerney & Quilliam, P.C.


Law Office of Stevens, Harris, Guernsey & Quilliam - Niantic, CT

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration

When a loved one passes away, their property must be settled through probate proceedings. Determining the value of their assets, their debts on credit cards, loans, or a mortgage, as well as how an estate plan may impact probate itself can be a very complicated matter.

Our probate and estate administration lawyers collate financial information, file papers, and work with accountants in order to determine the value of an estate and any debt against it. Working with our probate lawyers can save you both time and money and prevent lengthy delays or complications that arise as a result of financial questions.

The Probate Court in Connecticut has jurisdiction over many matters including:

  • Trusts and Estate
  • Guardians, Conservators and Civil Commitment
  • Parents
  • Other matters including assisting persons in obtaining passports and naming changes


In Connecticut, the primary function of the Probate Court is to handle the probating of wills and the administration of estates. The Probate Court becomes involved when a person owning property dies, and the Court will oversee the division of the property.

If the decedent left a will, the division of the property will be done according to the provisions set forth in the will. If the decedent did not leave a will, which is referred to as dying intestate, the property will be distributed according to the Connecticut Statutes governing the laws of intestacy.

Once the application for probate of the will has been filed with the appropriate probate court, the Court will appoint the named executor of the will or appoint an administrator if there is no will. This person will be referred to as the Fiduciary. This person will be responsible for the proper administration of the estate including preparing an inventory, tax returns and final accounting.

It is important for the fiduciary to obtain professional assistance in connection with the administration of the estate. Our attorneys have experience counseling fiduciaries and handling both simple and complex estates.

Our office represents clients on a regular basis in regard to the following matters:

  • Simple Wills
  • Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Decedent Estates
  • Taxable and Non-taxable Estates
  • Fiduciary and Administrator Representation
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Revocable/Irrevocable Trusts
  • Testamentary Trusts

Stevens, Harris, Guernsey & Quilliam, P.C.

351 Main St., Niantic, CT 06357
Phone: (860) 739-6906 | Fax: (860) 739-2997

Representing clients in New London County, including Mystic, Norwich, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Lisbon, Waterford, and Salem