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Connecticut Is Country's Most Expensive Place to Die: Officials

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    Connecticut Is Country's Most Expensive Place to Die: Officials
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    Court officials say Connecticut is now the most expensive place to die in the U.S. – at least for the wealthy – because of hefty new fees for settling estates.

    Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and the Democrat-controlled legislature signed off on a plan effective July 1 that eliminated a $12,500 cap on probate court fees, cut all state government funding to probate courts and doubled the fee on estates worth more than $2 million to 0.5 percent of the value.

    Probate officials surveyed all 50 states and say Connecticut has the highest probate fees in the country. They're warning that without a cap, some bills could top $1 million and many will be more than $100,000.

    Critics say the fees are unfair and may prompt wealthy people to move.
     

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