Probate and Estate Administration
Probate refers to the process of settling the affairs of a decedent. As part of the process, the deceased person’s financial affairs are settled, debts and taxes are paid, and heirs are established as a matter of law. After taxes and claims are paid, the decedent’s property is transferred to his or her heirs.
A decedent who left a will usually appoints an executor to administer his or her estate. In Colorado, an executor is known as a “personal representative.” If the decedent died without a will, a family member or close friend will typically administer the decedent’s estate.
Through probate, a lifetime of accumulated assets and liabilities are settled. It can be a complicated process. Pitfalls exist. We have extensive experience in assisting personal representatives and estate beneficiaries in the administration of both modest and large estates.
What to Do When Someone Dies (PDF – 205kb)
Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult. We hope this information will help you focus on what you need to do and what you may wish to delegate to friends and family.
So Now You Are a Personal Representative (PDF – 110kb)