Colorado Probate 101: What are “Small” Estates?

On April 30, 2016

Small estates, according to Colorado law, are estates that are not exclusive to real estate assets and that are valued at less than $50,000. When estates qualify as being “small” in the eyes of the law, the assets held by that estate can generally be transferred to the beneficiaries via a small estate affidavit. In other words, a complicated probate process will not typically be necessary to settle small estates in Colorado. Understanding this can be important to making the…
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How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Arapahoe County

On April 24, 2016

After a loved one passes away, obtaining copies of the death certificate will be important in order to start settling the decedent’s affairs and administering his or her estate. For those who live in Arapahoe County, copies of the death certificate can be obtained from the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD)1. And here’s what you’ll need – and need to do – in order to get these copies if or when needed in the future. Required Documents to Request a Death…
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How Do Colorado Laws Limit My Choice for Executors?

On April 18, 2016

Part of developing an estate plan will involve naming an executor (or personal representative) to administer the plans in the future. Understanding the specific requirements for executors, as set forth by Colorado laws, will be important to naming appropriate choices – and to minimizing your loved one’s future stresses as they carry out your estate plan in the future. To elucidate these requirements and the Colorado laws pertaining to them, below we have answered some of the most commonly asked…
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5 Red Flags the Will May NOT Be Valid

On April 12, 2016

When a loved one passes away and it’s time to settle his estate, locating and probating the will can be top priorities. Just because you may find a will following a loved one’s death, however, does not necessarily mean that the document is valid or legally binding. And understanding some of the red flags of invalid wills can be critical to carrying out a loved one’s wishes – and knowing appropriately settling his estate. A Will May Be Invalid If……
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Estate Planning 101: 4 Tips for Maintaining, Organizing & Storing Your Estate Plan

On April 6, 2016

Having a comprehensive estate plan is important to protecting your family and legacy. Once you have developed an estate plan, however, keeping certain documents and staying organized can be essential to preserving your wishes for the future – and to preventing your loved ones from experiencing unnecessary stress when it’s time to carry out your plans. To that end, the following are some tips for how to maintain, organize and manage your estate planning documents once you have developed a…
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