Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-1454

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING AN AFFIDAVIT IN LIEU OF ADMINISTRATION IN THE PROBATE OF A SMALL ESTATE.

Vote Date:

4/2/2007

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/30/2007

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Sen. Doyle, 9th District

REASONS FOR BILL:

The threshold for filing an affidavit in lieu of administration in the probate of small estate has not been raised in over 20 years. Due to inflation and economic factors, the current threshold of $20,000 is no longer appropriate.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Judge James J. Lawlor, Office of the Probate Court Administrator-This bill would simply increase the statutory threshold to forty thousand dollars. The current threshold amount was established in 1986. Taking into account inflation and other economic factors, the proposed increase appears appropriate and reasonable.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Judge Constance J. Vogell, Probate Judge, District of Westbrook-I strongly support this bill as the ceiling for a short estate has not changed in many years.

Judge Joseph P. Secola, Probate Judge, District of Brookfield, President of the CT Probate Judges Association of Local Courts, Inc.

Judge Deborah M. Pearl, Probate Judge, District of Essex

Judge Patricia L. Damon, Probate Judge, District of Deep River

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Nothing Submitted

Reported by: Sarah E. Kolb

Date: 04/03/07