Shelton probate judge now president-elect of national group

Probate Judge Fred J. Anthony
Probate Judge Fred J. Anthony

Shelton Probate Judge Fred J. Anthony was elected president-elect of the National College of Probate Judges during its recent fall conference and will be sworn in as the organization’s president for the 2014-15 term in November 2014.

The National College of Probate Judges is the only national organization in the country dedicated to the education of probate judges and the improvement of probate courts. Members include probate judges from more than 40 states.

The college convenes two conferences each year — meeting most recently from Nov. 13 to 16 in Nashville, Tenn. — to address emerging issues of probate jurisdiction, including decedent’s estates, conservatorships, guardianships and children’s matters.

Anthony has served on the organization’s executive committee since 2008. He previously served as curriculum chairman and as a member of the organization’s faculty.

Has been in office 19 years

Anthony was elected as probate judge for the district of Shelton in 1994 and has been re-elected every four years since.

He served as president-judge of the Connecticut Probate Assembly from 2008 to 2010. During that period, he also was appointed to the State Redistricting Commission and was one of the prime architects in the re-organization and modernization of the state’s probate court system.

Admitted to practice in state, federal courts

Anthony is eligible to practice law in state and federal courts in Connecticut as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

He lectures regularly to professional, civic and educational groups on a variety of legal subjects, including on probate topics such as estate planning, conservatorships, child custody and rights of the intellectually disabled.

Anthony lives in Shelton with his wife and has two children.