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  • Probate Court

    21 Tolland Green
    2nd Level
    Tolland, CT 06084

    Phone: (860) 871-3640
    Fax: (860) 871-3641

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.,
    Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.,
    Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Claire C. Twerdy, Judge of Probate

    Diane D. DuBaldo, Chief Clerk

    Patricia L. Phillips, Clerk

    Cynthia DiCioccio, Assistant Clerk

    The Probate Court is operated in accordance with the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut. The court has jurisdiction over the probate of wills and administration of estates of deceased persons in the towns of Tolland, Coventry, Mansfield and Willington. Adoptions, parental rights matters, guardianship, conservatorship, trust estates, commitments, marriage waivers, name changes, and passports are all within the province of the Probate Court. Residents of Tolland, Coventry, Mansfield and Willington elect the Judge of Probate for a four-year term. The towns, by statute, must support the court by providing office space and paying for office expenses. The expenses of the court are shared between the towns.  The ratio is based on population.

    It is the function of the court to supervise the payment of funeral expenses, taxes, and debts owed by the decedent, and to assure that any property remaining is properly distributed to the persons entitled to it. It is also the function of the court to make the proper determination concerning other matters within its jurisdiction and maintain all files, updating their status annually.

    The Probate Court receives many requests for passports.  They are fairly simple to acquire.  The important thing to remember is to apply early so you receive it in plenty of time before your departure date.  It is helpful to us if you apply at least two months before departure.  To apply, you must submit a certified copy (with a raised seal) of your birth certificate and two pictures taken specifically for passports.  If you are 16 or older, the passport fee is $110 and the execution fee is $25, for a total of $135.  Your passport will be valid for 10 years.  If you are 15 years of age or younger, the passport fee is $80 and the execution fee is $25, for a total of $105.  Your passport will be valid for five years.  Two separate checks must be written for each passport; the passport fee is payable to “US Department of State” and the execution fee is payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut.”

    Also now being offered is a Passport Card.  The Passport Card may only be used for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.  The Passport Card will provide a less expensive, small, and more convenient alternative for those who travel to these destinations.  The cost for first time applicants is $55 for adults and $40 for minors.  Informational pamphlets are available to the public through our office. If you need to renew, reapply, or expedite passport processing, our office can assist you. Happy and safe travels!