Attorney: Declaring Jennifer Dulos dead could set CT precedent

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FARMINGTON — A bevy of attorneys representing the estate of Fotis Dulos and his creditors will argue whether his estranged wife can be declared dead for probate purposes and how much his former criminal defense attorneys will have to return of a $250,000 retainer during a hearing this month.

Attorney Christopher Hug, the court-appointed administrator of Fotis Dulos’ estate, contends he needs Jennifer Dulos declared dead by a Probate Court judge before he can disperse a $194,000 Individual Retirement Account. For the estate to gain access to the IRA, a judge must determine that Jennifer Dulos predeceased Fotis Dulos since no beneficiary of the account was named.

The determination of death without a body could set precedent in Connecticut. It appears no one who has been missing for less than seven years has been declared dead in the state, according to case law cited by Hug’s attorney, Carmine Perry.

A hearing is scheduled in Farmington Probate Court for Oct. 22 when Hug also wants Judge Evelyn Daly to agree to a $137,500 settlement offered by criminal defense attorneys Norm Pattis and Kevin Smith to resolve a lawsuit alleging they improperly kept a $250,000 retainer Fotis Dulos paid them two weeks before he died.

That money would go to the estate to pay debts Fotis Dulos racked up as he was fending off foreclosures, lawsuits and criminal charges in the death and disappearance of his estranged wife.

Attorneys representing Gloria Farber, the mother of Jennifer Farber, say the family has “stipulated” the 52-year-old mother of five is dead based on arrest and search warrants.

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