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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.

Volume 37, 2023-24, Issue 1

Opinions of the Connecticut Probate Court

  1. In RE: Matter of Joseph T. Biondo (Breach of Fiduciary Duties)

  2. In RE: Estate of Luong-Crouch (Attorney’s Fees)

  3. In RE: Estate of Sabine S. Crozier (Will Revocation)


  1. An Unclear Burden: Proving Undue Influence In Connecticut; Jeffrey A. Cooper


  1. A Billionaire's Dilemma: The Use of Self-Settled Asset Protection Trusts to Evade Economic Sanctions During Wartime; Mark D’Augelli


  1. Cumulative Topic Index

Previous Issues

Volume 35, Issue 3, 2022

Opinions of the Connecticut Probate Court

  1. In Re: Matter of The Estate of Katherine Ordway, Deceased

  2. In Re: The Estate of Norman Bell

  3. In Re: The Matter of Joseph Messina Sr.



  1. The Standards of Slayer Statutes: Should A Criminal Conviction Be Required to Disqualify an Alleged Slayer from Benefitting Under a Decedent’s Will?; Michelle Antao


Volume 35, Issue 2, 2022

Opinions of the Connecticut Probate Court

  1. In Re: The Alexandra Bettridge Trust

  2. In Re: Estate of Joseph G. Busko, Jr.

  3. In Re: Matter of Michael W.



  1. Increase Your Toolbox: Lesser-Known Sanctions in Probate and Trust Litigation; Jani Maurer

Volume 32, Issue 2, 2019

Opinions of the Connecticut Probate Court

  1. In the Matter of Janet M. Brownell

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  2. In Re: William W. Bassford

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  3. In Re: The Estate of Christopher Byron, Deceased

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  1. The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Why the Timing is Right for Connecticut to Consider Tortious Interference with Inheritance as a Valid Cause of Action
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Board of Editors, 2023-24


  • Marjorie A. Richardson

Executive Managing Editor

  • Brianna Rae DellaValle

Supervising Editor

  • Mark D'Augelli Jr.

Lead Publications Editors

  • Juliana R. Greco

Publications Editors

  • Marianna Kalander
  • Nicholas A. Verardi

Business & Alumni Affairs Editor

  • Matthew V. Chai

Associate Editors

  • Julianne S. Brown
  • Marta Konopka-Kourelis
  • Kathleen A. Quinn
  • Robert L. Tedeschi Jr.
  • Abigail Walsh

Staff Members

  • James R. Abbott
  • Sarah Annabi
  • John B. Dobson
  • Rajan M. Doering
  • Christian D. Fecteau
  • Giuliana Grosso
  • Claudia L. Hess
  • Rebecca A. Mielnicki
  • Gianluca Perrotti
  • Riley D. Powell
  • Kate M. Torress
  • Bronte Torres Pagan

Faculty Advisors

  • Jeffrey A. Cooper
  • Kathy A. Kuhar
  • Leonard J. Long

Back Issues

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To subscribe to the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal please contact us at projournal@qu.edu

For any shipping or billing inquiries, please contact us at projournal@qu.edu or by phone at 203-582-3223.


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

Phone: 203-582-3223