Denver, CO asked in Probate for Colorado

Q: I'm trying to get a copy of my father's will my family will not return my calls. If you could help guide me

I would appreciate it

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Kevin Michael Strait
Kevin Michael Strait
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: In Colorado, a will (or more formally, a Last Will and Testament) is a personal document that becomes effective at the moment a person dies. It is very important to have a will, but the will is not legally controlling over a person's property until the person dies and the will is accepted by the probate court. Consequently, even a fully-executed and proper will is the confidential property of he person making that will. The person making the will does not have to reveal the will or explain its contents to anyone. Since the will can be easily changed or replaced at any moment prior to passing away, a copy of a will is not very meaningful to banks, lenders, or business partners.

There is no method other than diplomacy and conversation to discover if a still-alive person has a will and what that will contains.

Anthony M. Avery agrees with this answer

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