Concluding our blog series Colorado Probate FAQs, below we will respond to some final important questions about the probate process in Colorado.

More Answers about Colorado Probate

Q: Are there ways to avoid Colorado probate?

Although you can gain some important insight about Colorado probate from these FAQs, contact us when you are ready for experienced help getting through Colorado probate.

Although you can gain some important insight about Colorado probate from these FAQs, contact us when you are ready for experienced help getting through Colorado probate.

A: Yes, but the options for avoiding Colorado probate will generally have to be put in place prior to the decedent passing away. In other words, proper estate planning ahead of time can help someone’s beneficiaries avoid probate in the future, but once this person has passed away, there will be little the beneficiaries can do to avoid probate if the right estate planning has not been implemented.

What this means is that, if you are in the midst of the estate planning process now, there may be various options to help your beneficiaries avoid probate (or avoid formal probate, which tends to be a far more costly and complicated process than other types of probate).

To find out your best options for helping your beneficiaries sidestep the need for probate, contact us. Depending on your estate and wishes, you may be able to set up various types of trusts, provisions in your will, etc. to help your loved ones avoid future Colorado probate – and in doing so – minimize their future financial and emotional stresses after you pass.

Q: What if no will was left behind? How does this impact Colorado probate?

A: In the event that someone passes away and has not left a will in place, how the estate is passed on to the surviving heir(s) will be determined by Colorado intestacy laws (i.e., the laws devised to deal with these situations). In such cases, it’s best to consult with a lawyer to find out more about how these laws can impact a given estate, as well as what your best options for proceeding are.

Q: Do I need to hire an attorney to help me with probate?

A: You absolutely should retain an experienced probate lawyer to help you with the probate process if you are:

  • A personal representative in informal or formal probate;
  • A beneficiary who want to ensure your interests are protected in the impending probate process;
  • A beneficiary who plans to dispute or contest a will; and/or
  • Serious about getting through the probate process successfully with minimal costs, hassle and stress.

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

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To learn more about our superior legal services and how we can assist you, contact us by calling (719) 556- 8844 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

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