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Many estates have to pass through Colorado probate after a person dies. While probate can proceed informally for uncontested estates, formal probate, which is known for being complicated, lengthy and expensive, can be necessary when:
Below, we’ll take a closer look at the fundamental stages of the formal probate process in Colorado.
To officially open up a probate case with the courts, the proper forms will need to be filled out and filed. When a will has been left behind, these court forms can include some combination of the following:
Upon filing these forms, a $164 filing fee will also have to be paid.
In opening the probate case, the court will appoint a personal representative to oversee the process moving forward. Once a personal representative has been appointed, that individual will have to notify “all interested parties” (including all beneficiaries) that the probate case has been opened.
This is typically the most complex phase of Colorado probate, as it can take months or longer to complete. Generally, the steps that need to be taken to manage an estate during probate include (but are not necessarily limited to):
When the estate’s debts have been satisfied and all of the assets have been distributed, it will be time to move forward with closing the probate case. Generally, this will involve submitting specific forms and reports to the court to verify that all of the necessary management activities (discussed above) have been completed.
For experienced help getting through Colorado probate, you can turn to a Denver probate attorney at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd.
We can discuss your estate planning needs and different options during our consultation. To schedule this meeting, call us at (303) 713-9147 or email us using the contact form at the top of this page.
From our offices in Denver, we serve clients throughout the southwest and southeast Metro Area, including (but not limited to) people in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Centennial, Wheat Ridge, Golden and Arvada.