For the surviving family members of someone killed in a car accident, construction site mishap or any other situation where the fault may lie with another Entity or Individual there is often a knowledge gap about what to do. In Connecticut, an individual that has died is no longer a recognized legal entity. Rather, it is their Estate which may act through an individual appointed by a Probate Court commonly referred to as an Administrator or Executor. The Probate Court system is accessible and the clerks are generally knowledgeable and sympathetic with a desire to assist those who have experienced such a loss. Accordingly, it is usually a very good idea to have a responsible family member appointed as the Adminsitrator, often times the Executor named in the Will should that exist is a good candidate for this position of Trust.