Conn. Probate Judge Picked To Lead National Group
The college also has been involved in forming national probate-court standards like the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, Anthony said. The act's intent is to assist in intrastate conservatorship matters, Anthony said.
Prior to becoming a probate judge in 1994, Anthony's private legal practice included probate cases. One of the trends in probate law has been the effort to modernize the courts, including more stringent statutory requirements about the appointments of conservators, Anthony said.
Another trend in probate law, Anthony said, is ensuring that children are placed in safe homes and having families get more control over the future of children subject to the court's jurisdiction. That includes appointing relatives as conservators or placing neglected or abused children with other relatives, he said. "We work to empower families to help them take care of their own," Anthony said.
The National College of Probate Judges, which has approximately 400 members, meets twice a year. In 2014, the judges will meet in Colorado and Florida. In the spring of 2015, the judges will meet in Rhode Island.
Anthony has served on the National College's executive committee since 2008, and he also was chair of the college's curriculum and a member of the college's faculty. He will serve his president-elect year by assisting National College President Michael Wood, a probate judge from Houston.•