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Probate Court: Signing a Release in the State of CT

Brookfield, CT |

At the end of Probate court-when the FInal Acct has been finalized and other accounts distributed, is it a CT law that a Release be signed by all parties? If so, is the Release just for the Probate Final Accounting or for survivorship as well?

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  1. No. There is no law that requires any release, nor would it be logical or helpful to ask for a release regarding a matter that has been judicially settled. As for survivorship, who would the survivor release?

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  2. Beneficiaries and interested parties are never under any obligation to sign a release, and for purposes of closing the estate it is relevant to the court. A release has nothing to do with the probate court, it's just a way to immunize the fiduciary from the liability of a successor estate or successor in interest. A similar document, called a waiver, can be signed by all parties to streamline the approval of the probate court, but strictly speaking this is unrelated to a release, even though in some cases, particularly trust terminations, it is common to execute both.

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