The court’s chief clerk, in a letter dated July 30, asked Sam Stark, of Stamford, the attorney handling the estate, to submit the missing documents “at your earliest convenience.”
Nancy Lanza’s younger son, Adam Lanza, shot her before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown where he killed 20 first-graders and six educators before killing himself.
Documents being sought include a detailed inventory of Lanza’s estate at the time of her death on Dec. 14, the estate’s most recent tax return and any claims that may have been submitted by creditors since her death.
Stark, when reached at his office Tuesday, declined to comment on the estate or when the documents might be filed.
“Any comments I’ll make will be before the court,” he said.
Stark was named administrator of Lanza’s estate in April shortly after her will was filed with the court.
The will, which was dated 1994 and written while Lanza was living in New Hampshire, had named her then-husband, Peter Lanza, as the executor, but the couple divorced in 2009, according to court records.
Both her brother, James Champion, and Mark Lanza, Peter Lanza’s brother, were named as alternate executors in the will, but both submitted letters to the court earlier this year saying they didn’t wish to serve in the role, probate records state.
The inventory of Lanza’s estate was due to be filed by early June, while the tax return was due six months after Lanza’s death in December, according to court documents.
Danbury Probate Court Judge Dianne Yamin said there is no penalty established by the court for late filings, but added that interest could be levied on probate fees if the case continues to linger in the system.
While state law calls for estates to be settled within a year of a person’s death, Yamin noted that estates can remain open for several years if, for example, property owned by the estate has yet to sell.
According to a search of real estate listings, Lanza’s home on Yogananda Drive in Newtown has yet to be put up for sale. The home, a 3,100-square-foot Colonial, had an appraised value of $523,620, according to land records.
Lanza estate documents past due
August 6, 2013