Meet the Candidates: Michael Carrier

I’m a candidate for Probate Judge for the District of Berlin which handles all probate matters for the Town of Berlin and the City of New Britain. I am a life-long resident of New Britain and have been a practicing attorney with the law firm of Weber, Carrier, Boiczyk & Chace, LLP for the past 35 years.

Over the course of my career, I have assisted hundreds of families throughout the state with probate matters and have served as a hearing officer for the New Britain School District for the past 24 years.

In Berlin and New Britain, we are fortunate to have one of the most efficient probate courts in the state. My goal is to keep it that way and make the court as user-friendly as possible.        

In addition to my legal experience, I have a long history of volunteer service in New Britain. I have served on the Board of Education, the Housing Authority, the Fire Commission, the Charter Revision Commission, and the Commission on Community and Neighborhood Development. 

I have also been heavily involved with the New Britain and Berlin non-profit community, having served on the boards of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of New Britain and Berlin, the French Businessmen’s Association, the New Britain-Berlin YMCA, CCARC, Inc., the Boys & Girls Club, and the American Savings Foundation. I am also a Trustee of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and a Corporator of the Hospital of Central Connecticut and Hospital for Special Care.

I would like to continue to serve our community as its next probate judge. 

Many people are unsure what matters are overseen by the probate court. In addition to the probating of wills and administration of estates, the court has jurisdiction over testamentary and living trusts, determining title to real and personal property, appointing guardians for people with intellectual disabilities and conservators of the person and estates of incapable individuals, committing those suffering from mental illness, alcoholism or drug addiction to an appropriate facility, removing unfit parents as guardians of their children, granting adoptions and name changes, among other matters.

Because of the nature of the matters the probate court oversees, it’s important to have a judge who truly cares about the lives of the people who come before them. These individuals typically have either recently lost a loved one, are in crisis themselves, or need to assist an individual who is unable to care for him or herself.        

The citizens of Berlin and New Britain deserve someone who will listen to their needs with understanding and compassion. I believe I am uniquely qualified to serve as the next Probate Judge and I ask for your vote on Nov. 2. Thank you.


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