Denver, CO asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Colorado

Q: How do I find out if my mother had a will? She died in 2020.

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Michael Joseph Larranaga
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  • Parker, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Thats a hard one because people store their wills in different locations.

I would start by digging through the house, safes, deposit boxes, and so on. If you can't find it, then you need to broaden your search.

You may wish to start checking with public sources where your mother lived. For example, many trust and estate documents get filed with the county clerk and recorder. While a will may not be on file other documents such as altered deeds, trusts, or other may be on file.

Further, the will may be on file with the court. Colorado authorizes testators to file wills with the court for safekeeping. If it is not there, then call local attorneys. They may have an original stored at their office and just need to be informed of the death.

Good luck.

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