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Probate, Trust and Estate Administration

Colorado Springs Probate, Trust and Estate Administration Lawyers

The death of a family member or friend presents a difficult time for everyone involved. You may have to distribute their assets through the estate administration or probate process. I can carefully and compassionately help you through this entire process, making it as efficient and painless as possible. Probate doesn't have to be a long, complicated and frustrating process. Working with the right lawyer can also help you minimize costs and family disagreements throughout probate. The firm has experience in both Probate and Trust Estate Administration explained below.

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Your Guide Through the Probate Process

If your family member or friend died without a Will, then they have died "Intestate." In this situation the Colorado Probate Code determines to whom the property is distributed. A surviving spouse and/or children have many statutory rights and benefits.

If your family member or friend died with a Will, then they have died "Testate." In this case, their Will controls the division and distribution of their assets.

If the family member or friend had less than $64,000 (in 2014, 2015 and 2016) in property and no real estate, then you will likely only need to complete a statutorily authorized affidavit and should therefore be able to avoid the entire formal probate process.

If the estate was worth more than $64,000 (in 2014, 2015 and 2016) or if they owned real estate, the Colorado Probate Code requires that you administer the estate through a process called Probate. Proper notices and court documents will need to be filed and the applicable court procedures must be followed. Our firm can help protect the beneficiaries and promptly and accurately help you distribute the estate’s assets.

Your Guide Through the Administration of a Trust

If your deceased family member or friend had executed a Trust before passing away (and had transferred their property into the Trust), the Probate process mentioned above can be completely avoided. This can save thousands of dollars by allowing you to administer the estate privately and expeditiously, usually without the supervision or permission of the court. The firm has experience administering trusts to help ensure your children and other family members receive their inheritance under the terms and conditions provided in the trust document.

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Whether you are planning for your own future, or the future of your family, an experienced elder law and probate lawyer can help you through the entire process. My Colorado Springs office is open weekdays from 9 to 5, and I am available evenings and weekends by appointment, if necessary. Contact me today for a free initial consultation.

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Schroer & Williams Law Offices, PLLC
7045 Campus Drive, Suite 103
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-6560
Phone: 719-473-4355
Fax: 719-380-0299
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