Probate Symposium




The Connecticut Bar Foundation

James W. Cooper Fellows


The Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal


“Exploring Unsupervised Probate”


Friday, April 20, 2018
Quinnipiac University School of Law
North Haven, CT
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.


The symposium will explore the experience of states that have adopted (in at least some form) unsupervised probate for the settlement of decedents’ estates and examine the advantages and disadvantages of giving beneficiaries the ability to opt out of court-supervised estate settlement. The program will bring diverse perspectives to this issue including those of academics, judges and practitioners from both Connecticut and states that have adopted unsupervised probate. 


Principal Speakers

Prof. Gerry W. Beyer, Texas Tech University School of Law

Atty. Michele J. Feinstein, Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, P.C., Springfield, MA

Prof. Mary F. Radford, Georgia State University College of Law




Atty. Christopher J. Hug

Hon. Robert K. Killian, Jr.

Atty. Peter T. Mott

Rep. Rosa C. Rebimbas

Atty. Paul M. Smith

Hon. Beverly K. Streit-Kefalas

Atty. Suzanne Brown Walsh

Hon. Philip A. Wright, Jr.



Prof. Jeffrey A. Cooper, Quinnipiac University School of Law

Hon. Paul J. Knierim, Connecticut Probate Court Administrator


Linked Materials for this Event:



Individual Documents:

Probate Symposium Program

Bio - Jeffrey A. Cooper

Bio - Mary R. Radford

Bio - Gerry W. Beyer

Bio - Michele J. Feinstein

Bio - Hon. Paul J. Knierim

Bio - Christopher J. Hug

Bio - Robert K. Killian, Jr.

Bio - Peter T. Mott

Bio - State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas

Bio - Paul M. Smith

Bio - Hon. Beverly K. Streit-Kefalas

Bio - Suzanne Brown Walsh

Bio - Hon. Philip A. Wright, Jr.

Prof. Mary F. Radford - Intro to the Uniform Probate Code & the Probate Process in GA

Prof. Gerry W. Beyer -  Estate Administration & Probate Texas Style

Prof. Gerry W. Beyer - Estate Administration & Probate Texas Style PowerPoint

Atty. Michele J. Feinstein - Exploring Unsupervised Probate PowerPoint

Probate Symposium Evaluation Form



There is no charge to attend this event.  
Attorneys admitted in Connecticut may claim up to 4.5 CT CLE hours for attending 
(4.0 Professional Practice, 0.5 Ethics).