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CONSERVATORSHIP CHALLENGES; WILL CONTESTS / FIDUCIARY VIOLATIONS AND ELDERLY ISSUES
Spinella & Associates have a long history representing citizens involved in the probate system who have been treated unfairly. Citizens involved in the probate process frequently need a strong legal advocate to see to it that their rights are not abused by the process itself; that those having a fiduciary duty to them uphold such fiduciary duty; that investment of any money done on their behalf be done prudently; that wills have been executed and are administered properly; and that the rights of the elderly, disabled, incompetent, and infirm be upheld in all instances.
Unlike nearly all lawyers who practice in this area, our firm has an active probate trial practice where issues such as well contests and involuntary conservatorship are aggressively litigated in the trial courts as well as in the probate arena. We have pursued several cutting edge theories, such as the bringing of constitutional civil rights claims on behalf of wrongfully conserved parties.
A prime example of the commitment of Spinella & Associates to probate issues is the representation of the heir who was unjustly conserved, against his wishes (see Firm Cases). For several years, Spinella & Associates have fought a powerful bank and a large law firm to protect his rights to have control over his own family monies. Other pending probate contests involving significant property disputes, such as a pending matter involving illegal taking by a conservator are described in our media posting on this website (see Jarmoc case).
EXAMPLES OF CT ELDERLY RIGHTS AREAS
Examples of areas where Spinella & Associates have acted to protect rights of elderly, handicapped or infirm persons are as follows:
- will contests and challenges to conservatorship of the person and estate
- involuntary commitments
- probate litigation
- imprudent investments by conservators of the estate and other breaches of fiduciary duty
- rights of the elderly and infirm
- preservation of assets
- violations of civil rights of elderly, handicapped or conserved persons
- nursing home abuses
In regard to the area of Title XIX issues and estate planning for the elderly, Spinella & Associates associated with legal counsel who have specialized backgrounds as certified accountants and prior employment with applicable public agencies.