When a loved one passes away, the assets they leave behind (i.e., their estate) may have to go through a legal process known as probate. Because Colorado probate can be a complex process, in this three-part blog series, we will respond to some of the most frequently asked questions about probate in Colorado.

Although the answers provided herein are generalized, you can readily get specific information regarding your situation and Colorado probate by contacting the experienced Pueblo and Trinidad probate lawyers at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth. We are ready to answer all of your questions and provide you with superior service for all of your probate and estate planning needs.

Answers regarding Colorado Probate

Q: What is probate?

Colorado probate can be complicated and costly. Check out these FAQs to find out more about Colorado probate. Or simply contact us today.

Colorado probate can be complicated and costly. Check out these FAQs to find out more about Colorado probate. Or simply contact us today.

A: Probate is the legal process by which the property and assets of a decedent (i.e., someone who has passed away) are transferred to his heirs or beneficiaries. Depending on the value of an estate, as well as whether disputes regarding the estate have arisen, probate can proceed informally (with less court involvement) or formally (with far more court oversight).

Q: When do estates have to go through Colorado probate?

A: The vast majority of estates have to pass through Colorado probate, regardless of whether a will has been left by the decedent. However, the type of probate through which these estates have to proceed can vary, with the three options for Colorado probate specifically being:

  • Probate for small estates – This is reserved for estates valued at less than $50,000 and that don’t include real property (homes, real estate, etc.).
  • Informal probate – Also referred to as uncontested probate, informal probate usually occurs when a valid will has been left in place (or there is clear intestacy) and no contests have been raised.
  • Formal probate – Also referred to as contested probate, formal probate can take place when a will is ambiguous or potentially not valid and/or when there may be significant challenges in the future administration of the estate.

Formal probate tends to be more costly and take longer to resolve than probate for small estates and informal probate.

We will respond to some more frequently asked questions about Colorado probate in the second and third parts of this blog series that will be published soon. Be sure to check them out!

Trinidad and Pueblo Probate and Estate Planning Attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth

If you need help with probate or any aspect of estate planning, the Trinidad and Pueblo probate and estate planning attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth are ready to provide you with the highest quality legal services. Experienced and respected, our Trinidad and Pueblo lawyers have been dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complexities of the legal system and to favorably resolving their important legal issues since 1972. With our trusted attorneys on your side, you can be confident that your case and legal matters will be brought to a successful resolution in the most efficient manner possible.

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From our offices based in Pueblo, we represent clients in Trinidad, La Jara, Lamar, Walsenburg, Alamosa and throughout the state of Colorado.

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