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Judge Brian Mahon (Submitted by Colleen Fitzpatrick)

Meriden probate judge elected vice president of governing body

MERIDEN — Local probate judge and attorney Brian Mahon was recently elected as the first-vice president of the state Probate Assembly.

Mahon, a Meriden native, graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1973 and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar Association in the same year. He has been a member of the Connecticut Probate Assembly for almost 10 years.

“I am honored to have been elected by the 54 judges of the Probate Assembly to serve as first vice president-judge,” Mahon said. “The work of the assembly enhances the workings of the probate courts and makes the courts more responsive to the citizens of Connecticut.”

Mahon is expected to be named president of the organization in two years.

The founding partner of Mahon, Quinn & Mahon said he splits his time as probate judge, a position that takes about 25 hours a week, and his firm.

Mahon said the Probate Assembly’s purpose is to improve the probate system. He has been working to make the system more “user friendly.” Some of the issues probate courts deal with include appointing conservators, administration of estates, adoptions and guardianships.

In 2011, 117 probate courts in the state were consolidated to 54 to streamline costs. The restructuring saved the state about $4.1 million annually. As part of the effort, the probate court practice book was rewritten to improve clarity and uniformity. Mahon was instrumental in helping rewrite the practice book, said Probate Court Administrator Paul Knierim.

“I hold Judge Mahon in the highest regard, he is an exceptional judge and leader within our organization” Kierim said.

Vincent Russo, manager of communications and intergovernmental relations for Probate Court Administration, said the Probate Assembly is a recognized statutory body that includes all 54 probate judges in the state. The bylaws for the election of officer positions call for elections every year, but it has been tradition that once judges are elected into a position, they serve for two consecutive terms, and move up the hierarchy. Mahon was the second-vice president previously. If everything holds he will be the next president of the Probate Assembly in two years, Russo said.

Mahon said it is an honor to be elected as the first-vice president and he is very interested in matters involving children and making the courts more accessible to parents and grandparents in guardianship cases.

Mahon said holding the officer position along with his probate judge duties and law firm is a “balancing act” but it has worked well for the last 10 years since joining the Probate Assembly.

Judge Sydney Elkin of the West Hartford Probate Court was elected president-judge and Judge Philip Wright Jr. of the Wallingford Probate Court was elected as the second vice president-judge.



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