Probate Court

Connecticut is divided into 54 probate districts, each of which is presided over by a Judge of Probate who is elected to office for a four-year term. The Judge of Probate for the Branford-North Branford District is Charles E. Tiernan, III. Additional staff: Shari Moon, Chief Clerk; Taylor Carafeno , Clerk; Kylie Walker, Assistant Clerk.

  1. Probate Courts have jurisdiction over many matters:
  2. Probating wills and the administration of estates.
  3. Overseeing testamentary and living trusts.
  4. Determining title to real and personal property.
  5. Construing the meaning of wills and trusts.
  6. Appointing guardians for the mentally retarded.
  7. Appointing conservators of the person and the estate of incapable individuals.
  8. Committing those suffering from mental illness to an appropriate facility.
  9. Removing unfit parents as guardians of their children.
  10. Terminating the parental rights of parents who cannot fulfill their parental responsibilities.
  11. Granting adoptions.
  12. Granting name changes.

Sometimes the issues presented to the Probate Courts are complex and difficult. Therefore, it is important that you seek competent professional advice, so that your legal rights are fully protected. The probate judge and staff will be happy to answer your procedural questions, but they are not allowed to give you specific legal advice.