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Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal

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A vital resource for the probate law community

The Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal is a wholly student-run journal published quarterly by the Quinnipiac University School of Law. First published in 1986 as the Connecticut Probate Law Journal, the Journal was at that time the official reporter of probate decisions in the State of Connecticut. The Journal has also benefited from the longstanding cooperation of the National College of Probate Judges and the Connecticut Probate Assembly.

The Journal provides the legal community with a source of information and scholarship on the field of probate law. The distribution of a decedent’s estate can be a contentious and lengthy process that is subject to nuanced state laws. Our Journal examines the most common — and uncommon — subjects of this process, from issues encountered when probating a last will and testament, to the creative and sometimes questionable definitions of “real” and “personal” property.

We welcome perspectives from all experienced members of the probate law community. Each issue includes student notes and case comments, opinions from probate courts in Connecticut and other jurisdictions across the country, and scholarly articles by judges or practitioners.

2017 - 2018 Editorial Board

Nicole M. Riel

Alyssa M. Risoldi
Executive Managing Editor

Jeffrey R. Fischer
Co-Executive Managing Editor

Andrew B.F. Carnabuci
Supervising Editor

Declan J. Murray
Articles & Opinions Editor

Andrew S. Mudgett
Co-Articles & Opinions Editor

Nathan S. Rosadini
Business Managing Editor

Laura M. Glogovsky
Alumni Affairs & Events Editor

Eric G. Hernandez
Rosanna R. Tamam
Associate Editors

Raymond J. Altieri
Alissa Bang
Jeffrey D. Bausch
Edward A. Duarte
Shaina M. Hirschkorn
Leeza N. Tirado
Staff Members

Korrin N. Amaral
Brittany M. Barbet
Gina M. DeSimone
Catherine A. Fiore
Olivia T. Knott
Elizabeth A. Weikel
Staff Members

Professor Jeffrey A. Cooper
Dean Kathy A. Kuhar
Professor Leonard J. Long
Professor Linda R. Meyer
Professor Suzanne H. Nathanson
Faculty Advisers


Attorneys and judges meet at the School of Law to engage in discourse at the probate law symposium in April 2018.

Engaging debate

A panel of judges, academics, attorneys and students met to explore unsupervised probate at the probate law symposium on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the School of Law.


Archive Issues

Back Issues

Back issues can also be found in electronic format for all your research needs through a subscription to HeinOnline.

To purchase back copies through HeinOnline please contact:

William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
1285 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209‑1987.

Orders may also be placed by calling Hein at 800-828-7571, via fax at 716-883-8100, or email to



The Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal prides itself in paying close attention to the needs of its authors, providing a thorough and personalized editing experience. Our editing process includes three tiers of editing, all while keeping in mind the tone and voice of the author's submission. We strive to make all submissions the best they can be before print. 

We are currently accepting submissions for the upcoming volume. We do not, however, accept submissions from currently enrolled law students, in an effort to publish scholarship from our own members. The Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal accepts submissions via regular mail, email, direct submission, ExpressO and Scholastica. Kindly include an abstract, curriculum vitae and cover letter with any submissions.



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A row of lawyers, law professors and judges pose for a photograph at the School of Law Center on the North Haven Campus

Leading the conversation

Judge Paul Knierim, the state probate court administrator, Quinnipiac University School of Law alumnae Heather Dostaler and Bonnie Bennet, both from the Probate Court, and Quinnipiac University School of Law professors Carrie Kaas and Charles Pillsbury, co-directors of the Quinnipiac Center on Dispute Resolution, from left, pose for a photograph Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016 during a training session for probate judges in the ceremonial courtroom at Quinnipiac University's School of Law in North Haven, Connecticut.


Contact Us

Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal
Quinnipiac University School of Law, LW-ORG
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1908

Phone: 203-582-3223