As of Jan. 5, 2011, many probate court districts changed in the state. New Canaan’s probate court was consolidated with Darien’s probate court to form the Darien-New Canaan Probate Court District 52. This court has jurisdiction in the matter of administering estates and approving adoptions.

The Probate Judge is Michael P. Murray, a Republican elected in the fall of 2010 to his first four-year term. The probate judge may also appoint guardians for minors, appoint conservators for those who are incapacitated, and approve commitment papers for those who are mentally ill.

The probate court office, which used to be in New Canaan Town Hall, was relocated to Darien Town Hall at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820. Phone: 203-656-7342; fax: 203-656-0774. Hours are 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Chief clerk is Alice Ann Fitzpatrick.