Judge of Probate


Judge of Probate

The Honorable Edward C. Burt, Jr.
Judge of Probate

Government Center
2750 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Office:  203-287-7082

Fax: 203-287-7087

The Bethany Probate Court was established July 4, 1854. On January 5, 2011, the Bethany Probate Court was merged with Hamden to become the Hamden-Bethany Probate Court.  This Court has jurisdiction over a wide variety of matters including those listed below:

Trusts and Estates

  • Probates wills and the administration of estates;

  • Oversees testamentary and living trusts;

  • Determines title to real and personal property;

  • Construes the meaning of wills and trusts;

Guardians, Conservators and Civil Commitment

  • Appoints guardians for persons who are mentally disabled;

  • Approves sterilizations and placements of persons who are mentally disabled;

  • appoints a guardian of the estate or person for a child;

  • Appoints conservators for persons with mental illness and/or for persons who are incapable of managing or administering their own affairs and of that of an estate;

  • Commits those suffering from severe mental illness to an appropriate facility;


  • Removes unfit parents as guardians of their children;

  • Hears the claims of paternity of unwed fathers;

  • Terminates the parental rights of those who cannot fulfill their parental responsibilities;

  • Grants adoptions;


  • Grants name changes;

  • Approves or disapproves the marriage of a minor under the age of sixteen years;

  • Assists persons to obtain a passport.


Passport Forms