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Diane Blick Probate Judge in the Litchfield Hills Probate District

  • Deep understanding of family relationships as a wife, mother, and grandmother
  • Makes you feel comfortable when speaking about your family issues and concerns
  • Sets convenient court times and locations to accommodate your needs
  • Assures that you are informed and assisted throughout the probate process
  • Treats everyone with respect

  • Probate Judge for the Litchfield Hills Probate Court for over 10 years;
  • Managed and administered over 9,000 matters for families in Canaan (Falls Village), Cornwall, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston and Warren;
  • Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of probate law
  • Worked over 30 years as a probate paralegal and 4 years as Administrative Assistant to Probate Judge Arleen Keegan
  • Uses common sense and the law when rendering decisions

  • Serves the residents as a Full-time Judge
  • Has no other professional or job obligations to detract from Court responsibilities
  • Nicknamed "Judge on Wheels" due to maintaining offices in Litchfield, Kent & North Canaan and travelling throughout Connecticut to accommodate local families in the multiple town probate district
  • Always accessible 24/7/365 by phone (860) 201-7431 or by email: diane@judgeblick.com

About Diane

Judge Blick can be characterized as:

  • Attentive listener
  • Easy to talk to
  • Makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable
  • Excellent communicator
  • Thorough knowledge of probate law
  • Experienced in application of probate law
  • Excellent ability to weigh evidence
  • Skilled organizer of complex data
  • Knows what questions to ask
  • Dedicated to a Court that Cares

Judge Diane Blick's Family

  • Husband: The late Clayton L. Blick (dod 12/15/2008)
  • Son: David L. Oliver of Litchfield, CT - Children: Garrett David, Colin Richard, and Riley Alexandra
  • Son - Clayton J. Oliver of Watertown, CT - Married to Stephanie Mattaboni Oliver, Children: Isabella Faith and Matteo John
  • Parents: The late Arthur G. St. John of Bantam (dod 1/4/15) & The late Annette M. St. John (dod 6/1/2009)
  • Brother: David A. St. John of Torrington  

Probate Court and Legal Experience:

  • 2011 to Present - Judge of Probate -  Litchfield Hills Probate Court, District 24 serving Canaan (Falls Village), Cornwall, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston and Warren
  • 2007 to 2010- Judge of Probate -  Litchfield District Probate Court serving Kent, Litchfield, Morris and Warren
  • Judge of Probate for busy 12-town court district
  • Assigned to handle Probate cases in numerous other court districts
  • Successfully organized the 2007 and 2010 court consolidations
  • 1999 to 2006 - Probate Paralegal - Worked directly with individuals, families, attorneys and state agencies
  • 1995 to 1998 - Administrative Assistant to Judge of Probate, the Honorable Arleen G. Keegan,  Litchfield District Probate Court - Administered and processed documents pertaining to probate of estates, wills, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, conservatorships and passport applications.
  • 1972 to 1994 - Probate Paralegal and legal secretary specializing in wills, trusts and estate administration - Administered, compiled, prepared and filed all probate documents relative to estates, trusts, conservatorships etc.
  • Worked directly with individuals, families, attorneys, state agencies, bank trust departments on all aspect of Probate matters for over 30 years

Professional Associations:

  • Connecticut Probate Judges Association, Inc., Director and Secretary
  • National College of Probate Judges, Member
  • Connecticut Probate Assembly, Member - The Probate Assembly is the statewide association of probate judges. All 54 probate judges are members of the Probate Assembly, which began as an informal organization of probate judges in 1883. The Probate Assembly meets four times a year and is charged with improving the administration of justice in the Probate Courts and promoting uniformity in practice and procedure. The assembly and its committees frequently collaborate with the Office of the Probate Court Administrator in conducting its work. The list of Probate Assembly committees can be found below.  
  • Procedures Review Committee, Member - The Procedures Review Committee, commonly referred to as the Forms Committee, develops court forms to process court business and updates procedures so Probate Courts use the best and most recent practices.
  • Continuing Education Committee, Member and Secretary - The Continuing Education Committee is responsible for developing regularly scheduled educational seminars and presenting them to probate judges and staff. The seminars provide required credit hours to the judges and staff. The committee also offers daylong Judges' Institutes that examine a variety of topics regarding probate law and administrative functions of the courts. New legislation is also presented and discussed at the Judges' Institutes.
  • Public Information Committee, Member - The Public Information Committee promotes public knowledge about the Probate Courts. The committee prepares written communications and other informational materials for distribution at the courts, public information sessions and through the media.
  • Conservator Guideines Committee, Member - The Conservatorship Guidelines Committee is charged with developing guidelines for conservators and courts to follow when determining compensation for a conservator paid by the state.
  • Planning Committee, Member - The Planning Committee studies the role and structure of the Probate Court system. The committee will develop proposals to affect positive changes in the way the Probate Courts operate and are managed. The committee is also responsible for drafting, and occasionally revising, the bylaws for the Probate Assembly.
  • Judicial Selection Working Group, Member - The Judicial Selection Working Group reviews the way probate judges are selected for office. The group compares Connecticut's method of electing probate judges with other states in order to recommend changes to improve the selection process and the public confidence in the Probate Court system.

Current Civic Associations and Volunteering:

  • Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club, Member and former Officer
  • Litchfield Education Foundation, Board of Directors
  • League of Women Voters
  • Rebuilding Together, Project Volunteer
  • Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic, Event Volunteer
  • American Legion Auxiliary Post #27, Member
  • Litchfield Sidewalk Committee, Initiator and Organizer
  • Bantam Lake Protective Association, Member
  • Litchfield Municipal Parking Lot Committee, Initiator and Organizer
  • Rotary Education Endowment Fund Committee, Member and former Officer

Past Civic Associations and Volunteering:

  • Litchfield Economic Development Commission, Chairman
  • Litchfield Area Business Association, President 
  • Oliver Wolcott Library Steering Committee, Board Member
  • Litchfield Democratic Town Committee, Member
  • Litchfield High School Business Advisory Board, Member
  • Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Litchfield Chapter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk-a-Thon, Event Organizer & Volunteer

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