How Long Does Probate Take in Colorado?

It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, in the months after a death, that “the estate is tied up in probate.” Those words evoke an image of endless paperwork and interminable court hearings, not to mention significant expense. But how long does probate really take in Colorado?

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Colorado Medical Power of Attorney: What Is It?

In Colorado, all adults have the legal right to make decisions about their own health care, including consenting to, or refusing, medical treatment. Most of us are accustomed to making these decisions for ourselves and communicating them directly to our health care providers.

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Planning for Your Pets in Your Colorado Estate Plan

Colorado pet owners often say that their pets are more than just pets — they’re members of the family. Just as you create an estate plan to provide for your human family members in the event of your death or incapacity, you can also make provisions for your pets via a valid Colorado pet trust.

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The Difference Between a Colorado Will and a Living Trust

When Colorado residents set out to make an estate plan, they often assume that the plan will be built around a will, often referred to as a last will and testament. It’s likely that a last will and testament is what their parents and grandparents had, so it stands to reason that they will have […]

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What Does It Mean to Fund a Living Trust in Colorado?

Living trusts have become increasingly common in recent years as estate planning clients in Colorado and throughout the United States have come to realize their benefits. A primary advantage of a living trust is that it allows assets that otherwise would have gone through probate to pass outside the probate process.

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Preparing Your Kids for Their Inheritance

We often talk about estate planning as a means for the people to have peace of mind about protecting and transferring their assets for their families. Less frequently discussed is the peace of mind of the people receiving the wealth, often the adult children of the person making the estate plan.

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Compensation for Personal Representatives of Colorado Estates

Most people, when appointed to serve as the personal representative of a Colorado probate estate, focus primarily on their obligations, and not on the prospect of compensation. The work of a personal representative is important, and may be burdensome, so it’s entirely fitting that a personal representative be compensated.

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Colorado Estate Planning for Young Parents and Families

The years during which you begin a family, and your family grows, are both marvelous and hectic. For the first time, you are completely responsible for the well-being of someone who is utterly dependent on you. There’s so much to do, and so much to teach your little ones, and it’s all-absorbing; it’s hard to […]

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Surviving Spouse Rights in Colorado

The loss of a spouse is a devastating life event in its own right, but the loss can be compounded when there is confusion about a surviving spouse’s rights to the deceased spouse’s estate. Colorado has taken measures to protect the financial well-being of a surviving spouse, regardless of whether or not the decedent left […]

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What is an Ethical Will?

When people are asked why estate planning is important, they frequently say it’s because estate planning allows them to pass on the wealth they’ve worked hard for to those they love most. This is a perfectly reasonable answer, but not all the things we value and pass on are tangible. Many people would say that the most […]

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