2018 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 45a - Probate Courts and Procedure
Chapter 802h - Protected Persons and Their Property
Section 45a-667l - Declination of jurisdiction if court of another state is more appropriate forum.

Universal Citation: CT Gen Stat § 45a-667l (2018)

(a) A court of probate having jurisdiction under section 45a-667i to appoint a conservator of the person or to issue a conservator of the estate order may decline to exercise its jurisdiction if it determines at any time that a court of another state is a more appropriate forum.

(b) If a court of probate declines to exercise its jurisdiction under subsection (a) of this section, the court of probate shall either dismiss the proceeding or stay the proceeding for not more than ninety days to allow for a petition to be filed in a more appropriate forum that has jurisdiction to appoint a conservator of the person or issue a conservator of the estate order.

(c) In determining whether it is an appropriate forum, the court of probate shall consider all relevant factors, including:

(1) Any expressed preference of the respondent;

(2) Whether abuse, neglect or exploitation of the respondent has occurred or is likely to occur and which state could best protect the respondent from the abuse, neglect or exploitation;

(3) The length of time the respondent was physically present in or was a legal resident of this or another state;

(4) The distance of the respondent from the court in each state;

(5) The financial circumstances of the respondent's estate;

(6) The nature and location of the evidence;

(7) The ability of the court in each state to decide the issue in accordance with due process of law and without undue delay;

(8) The procedures necessary to present evidence;

(9) The familiarity of the court of each state with the facts and issues in the proceeding; and

(10) If an appointment were made, the court's ability to monitor the conduct of the conservator of the person or conservator of the estate within this state and outside of this state, if applicable.

(d) The court shall make specific written findings as to the basis for its determination of appropriate forum.

(P.A. 12-22, S. 13.)

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