Probate Judge Matt Jalowiec announced the expansion of a new program called “Talking Probate” in Southington starting this month. Beginning in April, the judge will visit the library on the last Friday of each month to answer questions regarding the law and to discuss relevant legal topics.
These sessions are aimed at residents who might otherwise feel intimidated to ask questions in larger settings, offering the opportunity to get their questions answered in a relaxed setting.
Jalowiec started the pilot program last year at the Cheshire Senior Center, and the positive feedback has enabled him to expand the program into Southington.
“The pilot program has been incredibly successful.” Jalowiec said in a press release. “Historically I hold larger information sessions throughout the year and have been pleased at the attendance. I provide a lot of helpful information regarding the Probate process at the events which typically results in many questions being asked at the end of the sessions. As many folks often are afraid to ask questions in a large group setting, holding smaller events ensures I can continue to help everyone.”
The Court notes that often attendance at these new “Talking Probate” sessions is comprised of familiar faces. “I have folks returning each month with notepads and pens,” the judge said in the release. “People are hungry for information. There is a consistent need in the community to better understand probate. Since being elected in 2010, I have made it my mission to help the families and individuals in our community learn more about traditional Probate topics such as the passing of a loved one and the handling of their estate; advanced directives and living wills; and elder care issues such as Medicaid and long term care.”
The first meeting will be held on April 29, at 10 a.m., at the Southington Public Library, 255 Main St., Southington. Topics generally include wills, trusts, estates, guardianship, conservatorship, grandparents rights, child custody, living wills, powers of attorney, Title 19/Medicaid and long term nursing care, as well as many other issues.