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STATE OF CONNECTICUT  
PAUL J. KNIERIM
      OFFICE OF THE
186 NEWINGTON ROAD
Probate Court Administrator
      PROBATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR
WEST HARTFORD, CT 06110
THOMAS E. GAFFEY
 
 
Chief Counsel
 
TEL (860) 231-2442
HELEN B. BENNET
 
FAX (860) 231-1055
Attorney
 
ctprobate.gov
HEATHER L. DOSTALER
 
 
Attorney
 
 
 
MEMORANDUM
 
To:                  Conservators serving indigent individuals
 
From:              Paul J. Knierim
                        Probate Court Administrator
 
RE:                 July 1 conservator compensation changes
 
Date:              May 24, 2016
 
As you may be aware, the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee has approved revisions to Probate Court Regulation section 16, which governs the compensation of conservators for indigent individuals. The most important changes are as follows:
 
·         The hourly rate for conservators remains $50, but conservators may bill $25 per hour for employees who assist with the conservator’s duties. Invoices must identify the person performing the service for each entry and specify time in 0.1 hour increments.
·         The new regulation lists activities that are compensable and specifies activities that are not compensable (see attached Fee Schedule Effective July 1, 2016).
·         The services of a conservator of the estate are not compensable if the conserved person is on Title XIX and resides in a nursing home. Conservator of the estate services are also not compensable if the conserved person is on Title XIX and a person other than the conservator can manage the conserved person’s finances as a representative payee.
·         A conserved person is not eligible for a conservator paid by the Probate Court Administration Fund if his or her assets exceed the maximum for Title XIX. During spend-down, a conservator’s compensation should be paid from the conserved person’s income and assets.
 
For further details, please see Regulation 16, which is posted on the ctprobate.gov website under the Recent News Heading, and the following enclosed documents:
 
·         Revised Fee Schedule (Effective July 1, 2016)
·         Updated invoice form (available as a fillable form on ctprobate.gov)
 
The effective date of the changes is July 1, 2016. Accordingly, conservators should bill for their services for all periods up to June 30, 2016 under the current rules. Invoices covering periods on or after July 1, 2016 must comply with the rates and procedures under the revised regulation.
 
Please feel free to contact me (860-231-2442 ext. 315 or pknierim@ctprobate.gov) or Andrea King (860-231-2442 ext. 318 or aking@ctprobate.gov) with any questions.
 
Thank you for your service to the Probate Courts and the individuals who need conservators.