Long time Judge of Probate Beverly Streit-Kefalas was once again unanimously endorsed for re-election as the Milford-Orange Probate Judge on May 23, 2018 by the Milford and Orange Democratic delegates at their convention held at Silverbrook Estates in Orange, Connecticut. Warmly known as Judge Beverly, she was first elected in 1998 to serve as Milford’s judge of probate, re-elected each term thereafter and successfully elected as the judge of the consolidated Milford-Orange Probate Court in 2010.
She brings to the court 28 years of experience as an attorney and 20 years as probate judge. A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, Smith College, and of the Milford public schools, Judge Streit-Kefalas has a long history of commitment to her community including current and past Board membership on Bridges Healthcare, Inc. – a regional behavioral health system, Milford Kids Count, United Way and Devon Rotary. She is also life member of the VFW Post 7788 Auxiliary, member of Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange as well as the Milford and Connecticut Bar Associations, the Connecticut Probate Assembly and the National College of Probate Judges.
Seeing the challenges faced by families, Judge Streit-Kefalas was an originating Judge of the state’s first regional children’s probate court – a nationally recognized court system meeting the legal and therapeutic needs of guardianships of children and families. She is presently the Administrative Judge of the New Haven Regional Children’s Probate Court by appointment in January 2018 by Probate Court Administrator Paul Knierim. She also served as the temporary administrative judge for the opening of the regional children’s probate courts located in Meriden and in New London, appointed by then Probate Court Administrator James Lawlor.
She is an active member of the Probate Assembly, having recently served two terms as its president and in other officer positions and on numerous committees including Legislative, Conservator Guidelines, Practice Book Revision Committee, and others.
She was an integral part of the statewide consolidation of the courts which has saved the state millions of dollars and she continues to work with the legislature to ensure that our laws continue to improve to assist the public in meeting critical needs.
A frequent speaker to train and educate fellow judges, attorneys and the general public, she is a tireless advocate for families who have lost loved ones or are dealing with young people with mental health and addiction issues, elderly relatives with dementia, and guardianships of minors and of adults with intellectual disabilities, to list just some of the types of probate matters she handles.
“I am honored and privileged every day in my job as your probate judge to share intimate and personal family matters and to assist you with the probate legal system to get you the help you need and deserve. I have worked hard in my 20 years as your judge to improve the probate system, to increase uniform procedures throughout the state and to improve access to information, and to streamline the procedures. I am available twenty-four hours a day for probate emergencies and I will continue my commitment as your public servant. You can count on me. I ask for your support to continue as your Judge of Probate.”