Probate Attorneys in Longmont & Thornton
Informed Legal Assistance Serving Clients Throughout Colorado
Losing someone close to you is hard enough without also having to deal with the legal mess that financial institutions and the courts will put you through. It is important to have someone in your corner to take the legal weight off your shoulders so you can focus on what matters in your life.
Our Longmont and Thornton probate attorneys have handled numerous cases throughout Colorado and can guide you through the entire process. If you have lost a loved one, the odds are that you will be dealing with the probate process in one way or another. We can help you through this process!
Call (720) 513-2299 to find out how we can help you through the Colorado probate process. You may also contact our law firm online for help from an experienced probate attorney.
The Initial Steps in Probate
There are many legal issues that need to be handled right away after someone passes away.
Our probate lawyers can help you with every single one of them, including:
- Obtaining letters testamentary or letters of administration
- Solidifying your authority as personal representative (formerly called an executor or executrix)
- Publishing proper notices to creditors
- Sending out your information of appointment to interested persons
- Handling creditor claims
- Valuing and distributing assets
- Drafting personal representative deeds
- Distributing and selling homes or other real estate
Each probate estate is different and can require different strategies in order to ensure that everything goes as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Our attorneys can guide you through the process and make sure you complete all the steps while staying out of trouble with the courts.
What Is a Probate Lawyer?
Probate lawyers help their clients fulfill their roles as administrators, personal representatives, or executors of estates. A probate attorney’s job is to assist you as you go through the entire Colorado probate process with as little or as much help as you need.
How Does Probate Work in Colorado?
Probate is a court-supervised legal process used to transfer a deceased person's assets to their rightful heirs. In the state of Colorado, the probate process begins when an individual passes away and their estate requires settlement. An executor or personal representative may be appointed by a court to manage the decedent’s estate and ensure that all legal obligations are met. This can include collecting assets, paying debts, filing taxes, and distributing the remaining property to heirs in accordance with the decedent's will. The personal representative must also handle any disputes that may arise during the probate process.
Probate in Colorado usually takes between six months and a year to complete, and the process may cost a considerable amount of money in legal fees. To avoid probate altogether, individuals can create a trust or transfer assets into joint tenancy prior to death. This will help ensure that their assets are distributed per their wishes without having to go through the lengthy probate process.
For more information about how probate works in Colorado, individuals may consult with an experienced estate planning attorney who can provide guidance and advice.
Do You Need a Probate Lawyer?
If you are wondering if you could benefit from an experienced probate attorney in Colorado, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you previously handled the probate of an estate?
- Is it possible for the estate to be distributed without probate?
- Will the family members named in the will agree on how the estate will be distributed?
- Is the amount of money in the estate sufficient to pay its debts?
If you answered no to some or all of these, you should contact an experienced Colorado probate attorney at Althaus Law immediately.
How Althaus Law Can Help You
If you are having issues outside of Colorado and need help with an ancillary probate, you can rely on our firm as well. Out-of-state probate is even more complicated, and many extra issues become involved. Wondering if you need an attorney at all? We can help you decide if one is needed.
Looking for more information? You can find our checklist of things to do in probate here.
If you have questions about the probate process in Colorado, our Longmont and Thornton probate attorneys can give you answers. Contact Althaus Law for compassionate and experienced guidance through your loss.
UnderstandingThe topic of estate planning can be difficult to discuss, especially since mortality is one of the main topics. At our compassionate law firm, we understand this and many of the other sensitive issues that arise when resolving estate planning concerns. You can rely on our experience to lead you through these complicated matters with an open and honest mind.
CompassionWe love getting to know our clients and their families. It brings a smile to our faces to know that we help preserve what you have worked so hard to earn while being able to pass it on to your future generations.
CommunityAlthaus Law prides itself on its dedication to the Colorado community. Not only do we volunteer more than 10 hours a month to local nonprofit organizations, but we also strive to be a completely green firm. Further, we donate a percentage of all profits to charities.
FocusEstate planning and probate are all we do. We focus day in and day out on staying up to date on the latest estate planning and probate laws. At Althaus Law, we are constantly researching the newest techniques and strategies that can save our clients and their families money in the long run.