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The Probate Courts have often been called the "People's Courts" because they offer simple, direct access to legal proceedings. Convenience and efficiency are the hallmarks of the Probate Courts. Connecticut's 54 Probate Courts are organized on a regional basis to provide convenient access for the people. Because probate cases involve sensitive family issues , the atmosphere at hearings is informal. The Probate Courts hear matters on Trusts and Estates, Conservatorship', Children's Matters, such as Guardianship's and Adoptions, Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, and Mental Health Commitments. The Probate Court is also involved in other matters such as, granting name changes, approving the issuance of marriage licenses to persons between the ages of 16-18 years old, isolation orders for public health emergencies, and the removal of life support.

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