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Probate Law

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.

Current Issue

Volume 32, Issue 2, 2019

Opinions of the Connecticut Probate Court

In the Matter of Janet M. Brownell

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In Re: William W. Bassford

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In Re: The Estate of Christopher Byron, Deceased

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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

Jenna Hyler


Brittany Mancini

Executive Managing Editor

Sara Azalone

Supervising Editor

Katherine Dinse

Lead Publications Editors

Catherine McCabe

Kathleen Lima

Publications Editor

Joshua Pascale

Business & Alumni Affairs Editor

Alexis Kenney

Michelle Salazar

Sara Conlon 

Associate Editors

Jenifer Caneschi-Mirto

Hannah Snow

Hannah Meyers

Associate Editors

Staff Members

Lauren Austin

Stephen Baranoski

Sarah T. Basset

Hope J. Estrella

Kaylyn C. Fagan

Bailey M. Frankel

Cassandra Hardy

Elizabeth D. Hrywniak

Julie M. Jeski

Jennie Marco

Abigail H. Mason

Alexa Massad

Kyle D. Souza

Kayla Steefel

Brianna N. Tozier

Londyn K. Zografakis


Faculty Advisors

Suzanne H. Nathanson

Jeffrey A. Cooper

Linda R. Meyer

Kathy A. Kuhar

Leonard J. Long


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 customerservice@wshein.com.


To subscribe to the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal please fill out our subscription form:

For any shipping or billing inquiries, please contact us at projournal@quinnipiac.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.



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


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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