Denver Probate Attorney
When someone passes, their property must transfer to their living loved ones. This happens through a process called “probate.” Probate happens with or without a will. It is a lengthy procedure, sometimes lasting months or even years, depending on the complexity of the property distributed.
You can trust Denver Family Lawyers to help oversee the probate process. Probate happens in the courts, and having a trusted law firm on your side is useful. We can oversee the process and help ensure transactions are smooth and honest.
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When someone leaves property behind, that property is called their “estate.” Estates can be of any size, representing the modest or the millionaire. As assets enter probate, someone must be there to manage the estate. This person is the estate’s personal representative, or PR.
The PR handles all leftover affairs of the estate. They manage the deceased’s leftover debt, and they oversee the transfer of all property. It is a big job, and it must go to someone you can trust. Our firm can take the role of your estate’s personal representative. The legal team at Denver Family Lawyers has over 20 years of legal experience, and we know how to carry out your wishes.
In your will, you may have already named your PR. We can help this person manage the legal minutia of the job. Our team will always work alongside a PR, allowing them to make all final decisions. If they happen to fall, we can be there to catch them.
When someone passes without a will, their assets fall into intestate succession. The court appoints a personal representative to manage and distribute the estate. This could be a court employee, someone with no vested interest in the estate or its beneficiaries. Allow us to help watch over this process, making sure everything is handled correctly and honestly.
Intestate succession distributes assets to the deceased’s closest living relatives. It hands property over to a spouse first, then to children who share a portion with the spouse. With no living spouse or descendants, assets go to the deceased’s parents. When there are no living parents,the property goes to siblings, and so on. The impersonal process of intestate succession can leave beneficiaries with doubt and suspicion. If you’re concerned about the validity of your inheritance, contact our firm for help.
Estates valued at $50,000 or less are considered “small” by legal standards. Small estates usually have no valuable assets, such as a home, to distribute. For such estates, beneficiaries can bypass probate altogether. They can simply file an affidavit with the court and receive the decedent’s assets. Trust our firm to overlook the paperwork and property transfer, keeping the transition easy and smooth.
Sometimes a will is unclear, leading to justified challenges. Other times, unscrupulous people challenge a will, attempting to gain more property. Our firm can help with will disputes. Whether you are being unjustly challenged as a PR or you are someone with legitimate concerns, we are here to work for you.
To help avoid problems in the future, trust our firm to help you craft your will. We know the legal intricacies of probate. We can assist you in phrasing your will appropriately, helping ensure your wishes are carried out, and your will isn’t challenged after you’re gone.
For probate and estate planning services in Colorado, trust the legal team at Denver Family Lawyers. A free consultation is a just phone call away at (303) 225-3343. You may also use our convenient online contact form.