By Hon. Beverly
Streit-Kefalas
(Democrat)
Each probate matter is a family with needs beyond legal concerns. Families who grieve for the loss of a loved one, or worry for the well-being of a grandchild and the parent who has addiction problems. A son fearful for a mom with dementia or parents concerned that their child with intellectual disabilities will be 18 but continues to need support. Being probate judge is not just about the law – it’s about your family.

Since my first election in 1998 as your probate judge, I have been extensively involved with many improvements to the court system through court consolidations that saved taxpayers millions of dollars to working as an originating judge in the first regional children’s probate court, a nationally awarded court system.

In addition to the critical daily work with hearings and deciding cases, I work with the legislature to improve probate laws and to ensure that the system is continually modernizing while maintaining its tradition as a user-friendly system. Since my first election, I have volunteered on many Probate Assembly committees to improve access and assistance in the probate courts. Recognized for my expertise, the state Probate Court Administrator appointed me as the administrative judge of the regional children’s probate court serving our communities.

I am also an appointed member and chair of a subcommittee of the Probate Court Practice Book Advisory Committee where we completed the first substantial revision of the probate court procedures in decades. This publication is a user’s guide on the rules of probate court procedure for lay people and lawyers alike.

A frequent speaker to various organizations in the state, I was recently selected as a symposium panelist on Unsupervised Probate at the Quinnipiac Law School to review procedures in Connecticut and other states to explore expedited alternatives to the current probate system. I am a frequent speaker at such engagements as professional trainings to prevent elder abuse and exploitation, educating judges and court staff, as well as speaking engagements to groups such as educators, parents, and local senior groups.

My full time commitment as probate judge includes community volunteering to ensure services for the elderly, our children, and our families. As a long-time board member of Bridges Healthcare, I work for funding and access to behavioral and mental health services. Serving on the Milford Senior Center board, I ensure our senior center offers the best in the state. As a past board member and active volunteer for the United Way of Milford, Devon Rotary, Boys & Girls Club of Milford and other agencies, I volunteer so all the needs of our families can be met – not just the probate court needs.  

As your probate judge, I give you 20 years of judicial experience, nearly 30 years as an attorney and a lifetime commitment of volunteering. You deserve an experienced full-time Milford-Orange Probate Judge committed to your probate and personal needs. I ask for your vote on November 6 so I may continue to meet your family’s needs.