Probate is the process of distributing a person’s assets after they’ve passed away. It can be a very difficult and emotional process, especially for those who were closest to the person in question. Unfortunately, though, probate isn’t something that can easily be put off, which is why it helps to have an experienced yet compassionate attorney on your side.
How Probate Works
After someone passes away, their assets must be distributed to the appropriate people. By “assets,” we mean everything they owned — from property and land to savings and retirement funds. Depending on the size of the person’s estate — that is, how great the financial value of their assets is — settling their affairs may or may not require the involvement of a probate court.
In Colorado, estates valued under $50,000 in total are considered “small estates” and do not require probate. On the other hand, larger estates must go through the probate process before the assets can be distributed — that is, unless the person who passed away left behind an uncontested will. If, conversely, they did not leave behind a will or left behind a will but no living trust, the probate process is mandatory.
Just by reading about the basics of probate law, you’re probably already feeling a little overwhelmed. That’s why it helps to have a knowledgeable and genuinely caring attorney on your side — especially if there is some kind of disagreement among the heirs, beneficiaries, and/or creditors involved in the affairs. The right legal professional can help to relieve some of your stress by taking that legal burden off of your shoulders.
Although you can file for probate without an attorney, it may actually cause more harm than good in the long run. You see, an experienced lawyer will know the ins and outs of the probate process, which can only help to ensure that nothing is overlooked, unfairly negotiated, or unrightfully claimed by creditors.
Our Mission at Carolyn Moller Duncan P.C.
At our firm, we’re not only dedicated to helping our clients resolve their probate matters in the legal sense; we’re also invested in getting them through the process as quickly and easily as possible. Nothing can make up for the loss of someone you love, but a speedy, efficient resolution to the probate process can at least get your mind off of the legalities and back to what’s important.
If you choose us as your Highlands Ranch probate attorney, it would be our honor to offer you the professional service and compassionate counsel you deserve. We only want the best for you and your family.
The Support You Need
There are many challenges that come with the loss of a loved one, and the last thing anyone should have to worry about during the grieving period is how to disburse the assets. But with the right help, the process of doing so becomes easier. At Carolyn Moller Duncan P.C., our priority is our clients’ well-being. If you decide to work with us, we will put our experience, expertise, and emotional intelligence to work in order to help you reach the best resolution during your difficult time.