Colorado Probate: How to Get Started

On November 16, 2016

Probate can be a complicated process. Knowing what to expect – and what you need to do – at every step of the process, however, can help you avoid common (and possibly costly) mistakes and resolve the probate case as efficiently as possible. To this end, the following points out the important steps to take when you are ready to open up a probate case in Colorado. Although the following information is purposely general (to apply to as many readers as…
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How (& When) to Contest a Will: FAQs

On August 31, 2016

While the passing of a loved one can be painful and challenging to deal with, it may be more difficult to bear when you believe that an invalid or outdated will is being used to settle your loved one’s affairs. In these and other situations, contesting the will can be integral to ensuring your loved one’s final wishes are carried out – and that his or her legacy is protected in the right way. Providing deeper insight regarding will contests,…
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6 Hidden Costs of Administering a Will

On August 28, 2016

When it’s time to settle an estate and administer a will, there may be some obvious costs – like court filing fees and estate taxes – that will need to be covered as you proceed. Those, however, may not be the only costs, as there are common other, less obvious costs that can arise in the process. Being aware of what these costs tend to be can help you plan appropriately as you move forward to settle an estate. And…
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How to Choose an Estate Planning Lawyer

On August 4, 2016

When you are ready to develop an estate plan to protect your family and legacy in the future, choosing the right attorney to guide you through the process is essential. That’s because the right lawyer can make sure that you put all of the appropriate plans in place to effectively serve you and your family’s future needs. Here’s what you can do to select the right estate planning lawyer: Do some research – If you’re reading this, then you’re likely…
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Probate FAQs: Answers about How to Start Colorado Probate

On July 31, 2016

Probate, the process of validating a will, can be as complicated as it may lengthy and costly. For those who have taken on the role of personal representative or executor (of a decedent’s will), understanding just how to kick off the probate process in Colorado can be central to: Efficiently administering the will Protecting the interests of the beneficiaries Not wasting time – or the resources of the estate. Shedding more light on the Colorado probate process, the following provides…
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4 Little-Known Facts about Colorado Probate

On July 27, 2016

Probate is known for being an involved, complex and, at times, costly process. There are, however, a number of aspects about Colorado probate that are less widely understood – and that are, nevertheless, still important to understand, especially for personal representatives and beneficiaries going through the process. The following presents some of these lesser-known (but still important) facts about the Colorado probate process. When you are ready for answers, advice and information about your best options for initiating and resolving…
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Colorado Probate 101: What are “Small” Estates?

On April 30, 2016

Small estates, according to Colorado law, are estates that are not exclusive to real estate assets and that are valued at less than $50,000. When estates qualify as being “small” in the eyes of the law, the assets held by that estate can generally be transferred to the beneficiaries via a small estate affidavit. In other words, a complicated probate process will not typically be necessary to settle small estates in Colorado. Understanding this can be important to making the…
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How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Arapahoe County

On April 24, 2016

After a loved one passes away, obtaining copies of the death certificate will be important in order to start settling the decedent’s affairs and administering his or her estate. For those who live in Arapahoe County, copies of the death certificate can be obtained from the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD)1. And here’s what you’ll need – and need to do – in order to get these copies if or when needed in the future. Required Documents to Request a Death…
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How Do Colorado Laws Limit My Choice for Executors?

On April 18, 2016

Part of developing an estate plan will involve naming an executor (or personal representative) to administer the plans in the future. Understanding the specific requirements for executors, as set forth by Colorado laws, will be important to naming appropriate choices – and to minimizing your loved one’s future stresses as they carry out your estate plan in the future. To elucidate these requirements and the Colorado laws pertaining to them, below we have answered some of the most commonly asked…
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5 Red Flags the Will May NOT Be Valid

On April 12, 2016

When a loved one passes away and it’s time to settle his estate, locating and probating the will can be top priorities. Just because you may find a will following a loved one’s death, however, does not necessarily mean that the document is valid or legally binding. And understanding some of the red flags of invalid wills can be critical to carrying out a loved one’s wishes – and knowing appropriately settling his estate. A Will May Be Invalid If……
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