Being Transparent with Your Estate Plan

Being Transparent with Your Estate Plan

Transparency with your estate plan represents an important step to ensure the administration runs smoothly, to prevent fighting, and to fulfill your wishes. If you do not communicate what is in your will or trust, issues can arise. Here are some common phrases that...

Intestate Succession

Intestate Succession

Before you can file your opening probate documents, you must first determine: is this an intestate or testate probate? And, is this a formal or informal probate proceeding?

Validity of Wills

Validity of Wills

The term “testator” refers to someone who has created a Will. In the state of Colorado, there are specific rules to ensure a Will is valid and properly executed.  A Last Will and Testament A Last Will and Testament represents the most common type of will. To have...

Do I Need to Open a Probate?

Do I Need to Open a Probate?

A lot of people like to Google “do I need to open a probate” and in Colorado, the simple Google answer is “yes.” However, probate is not always required. What is Probate? First things first, what is probate? Probate is the court process that happens when someone...

Probate in Colorado

Probate in Colorado

What is Probate? Probate is a legal term that encompasses the court process that happens when someone dies. Probate is used to appoint the Personal Representative, pay creditors, and distribute assets either according to the decedent’s Will or Colorado’s intestacy...