Provisions for Executor of Connecticut Will

Being appointed as an executor of a decedent’s Connecticut Will brings a variety of rights and obligations. Here are select provisions of the Connecticut general state which pertain to the executor’s role:
Sec. 45a-289. (Formerly Sec. 45-169). When bond required of executor. Amount of bond. Reduction of bond. (a) A probate bond shall be required of an executor, unless such bond is excused as provided by law. (b) If the will designates a person to be an executor and directs that no bond or that a bond of a certain amount only shall be required of such executor, the Probate Court shall follow such provisions of the will if no objection to such provisions has been filed, provided, if an objection has been filed or the Court of Probate determines that for cause shown the filing of a bond is necessary for the protection of creditors or to assure the payment of succession taxes, or both, a bond shall be required in an amount which shall not be less than an amount equal to twice the amount of the debts of the deceased as estimated by the court or to the amount of the tax on any untaxed property plus the succession tax as estimated by the court or to the amount named in the will, whichever of such amounts is the greatest. Sec. 45a-290. (Formerly Sec. 45-168). Administration with the will annexed and de bonis non. (a) If no person has been designated in a will to be executor, or if the person designated in the will to be executor has died or refuses to accept or is incapable of accepting such trust, and no alternate or successor has been named, the court shall commit the administration of the estate, with the will annexed, to any person or persons in accordance with the order of priority for the appointment of administrators under subsection (c) of section 45a-303, except that any person who is entitled to a bequest or devise under such will, or his or her designee, shall have priority over a person who is not so entitled, or on the objection of any one interested under such will or of any creditor, which objection is found reasonable by the court, the court may commit the administration of the estate, with the will annexed, to any person whom the court deems proper, taking a probate bond. (b) If during the settlement of an estate, the executor or the administrator with the will annexed appointed by the court dies or resigns or is removed from such trust, and no alternate or successor has been named in the will, the court shall appoint an administrator of the estate with the will annexed, de bonis non, subject to the same provisions as to hearing, notice, waiver of or order dispensing with notice, selection of the administrator and bond, as are stated in this section and section 45a-286. (c) If the person designated in the will to be executor has died or refuses to accept or is incapable of accepting such trust, or if during the settlement of the estate, the executor appointed by the court dies, or resigns or is removed from such trust, and the will names an alternate or a successor, the court shall appoint such alternate or successor executor named in said will as executor, who shall have all the powers and duties as provided in the will. Such appointment shall be subject to the same provisions as to hearing, notice, waiver of or order dispensing with notice, and bond, as are stated in this section and sections 45a-286 and 45a-289. Sec. 45a-294. (Formerly Sec. 45-185). Expenses of executor or administrator in will contest. (a) The court of probate having jurisdiction of the testate estate of any person shall allow to the executor his just and reasonable expenses in defending the will of such person in the probate court, whether or not the will is admitted to probate. (b) If there is an appeal from the order or decree of such court, admitting or refusing to admit to probate the will of such person, the court of probate shall allow to the executor or administrator his just and reasonable expenses in supporting and maintaining or defending against such will, on such appeal. (c) Such expenses shall be charged by such court pro rata against the respective rights or shares of the devisees and legatees under such will and the distributees of such estate.

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