Milford-Orange probate judge gets nod to run for re-election
Longtime Judge of Probate ,Beverly Streit-Kefalas, known for understanding the challenges faced by families - and an originating Judge of the state’s first regional children’s probate court — has been unanimously endorsed for re-election as the Milford-Orange Probate Judge
Streit-Kefalas, more affectionately known as “Judge Beverly” was endorsed by the Milford and Orange Democratic delegates at their convention held at Silverbrook Estates in Orange.
“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,” she said. “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.”
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 has 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, Streit-Kefalas has always been active in the community, including as a board member for Bridges Healthcare, Inc. — a regional behavioral health system, Milford Kids Count, United Way and Devon Rotary. She is also a 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.
The regional children’s probate court she helped create is “a nationally recognized court system meeting the legal and therapeutic needs of guardianships of children and families,” a press release on her endorsement reads.
Streit-Kefalas is currently 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.
Streit-Kefalas is also 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 is also “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, Streit-Kefalas 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. Those are just a few of the types of cases she handles.