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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:
Shedding more light on the Colorado probate process, the following provides some important and helpful answers about how to kick off probate when a decedent has left behind a will (for more information about how to start probate cases in Colorado when no will has been left behind, check out this article).
Although the answers provided herein are general in nature, do not hesitate to contact a Denver estate attorney at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd. when you are ready for answers and info specific to your circumstances.
A – It depends on whether informal or formal probate proceedings will be necessary for your case. In general, informal probate (which will require less court involvement and, therefore, proceed much faster than formal probate) can occur when a decedent:
For informal probate in Colorado, some combination of the following forms is typically needed to open a case:
In contrast, formal probate will be necessary when:
For formal probate in Colorado, some combination of the following forms is typically needed to open a case:
A – A probate case should be opened in either:
A – Colorado courts charge a $164.00 filing fee to submit probate paperwork and open up a case. Please note that:
For experienced help with any aspect of Colorado probate, contact a trusted Denver probate attorney at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd. Our attorneys provide a thoughtful, comprehensive approach to our clients’ probate needs, and we take pride in helping each of our clients and their families resolve their probate cases (and related issues) as favorably and efficiently as possible.
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.
1: All forms needed to initiate an informal or formal probate case in Colorado are available at the Colorado Judicial Branch’s website.