these types of questions are often handled in probate. If your name was not on the deed as Joint Tenants, you will need something in the public record to show that you own the property. If I recall, the executor of the estate typically has some authority over the matter but this...Read more »
I am executor of my mom's will/trust. One of two siblings has left the state and possibly the country, and there is no communication on his part, despite our family's efforts. What must I do to satisfy Colorado's requirements to notify him and escrow inheritance? How long must I wait... Read more »
As a general rule in Colorado, C.R.S. § 15-12-705 sets the expectations for notifying a beneficiary or likely heir to an estate. The code states, in part, "the information shall be delivered or sent by ordinary mail to each of the heirs and devisees whose address is reasonably available to...Read more »
She has died in Oregon where that is not a sufficient will, and requires an Affidavit of Witness/Genuine Sig. Since the attorney who witnessed has died and I can't locate the notary (may also be gone, since it was 1998), is there any way to track down legal records/proof from a now-closed law... Read more »
Contact a competent OR attorney and see if Probate is needed, and if so, whether the alleged Will would make a difference. If necessary, you may be able to Probate somewhere the Will is valid. But most likely she will die intestate, probate or not.
My mother passed back in February. I was her caretaker and she assumed that meant I'd be given whatever was left over in her bank. Everything happened so fast, we weren't prepared for her death at all. None of us were thinking about money once we knew she would pass. There's a little... Read more »
I'm so sorry to hear that your mother passed away. But there is a fairly simple path forward for her estate and her possessions to be distributed to family and friends. People that pass away in Colorado either do or don't have a Will that controls their estate after death. If you mother...Read more »
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...Read more »
The other attorneys are correct. You need to file into the probate estate. Depending on when this occurred you may need to act immediately in order to preserve the estate. In other words, you need to act quickly before your sister spends any proceeds from the sale of the house.
One of my bosses friends girlfriend has somehow been put in control of his estate and won't allow anyone to even go on the property. She let me go there once to get his poor dog that was locked in the house but told me I couldn't take anything. I have quite a bit of stuff there and am... Read more »
You deserve access to your personal property. You do not automatically lose rights to your property when the owner of the property passes away. Look at Colorado Revised Statute § 30-40-101(1)(II)(C) which essentially states that a person "previously given permission to enter and remain on the...Read more »
As with so many answers about estate planning issues, the answer is "it depends", and how to proceed depends on you and your spouse's wishes. It is very possible to avoid probate or be able to use a much simplified process of probate but it generally depends on what those assets...Read more »
Would an attorney be reluctant to represent, say, a close friend or spouse, as an interested party in a probate proceeding, given the attorney might be considered to also benefit if the interested party receives some interest in the estate? This is a fictional hypothetical, so I really only need a... Read more »
All Colorado attorneys are under strict rules of professional conduct. One very important area of these rules is the conflict of interest, which your question refers to. The rule that will help guide you is Rule 1.7 of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. This rule states that...Read more »
In Colorado, a self-proving will must conform to Colorado Rev. Statute § 15-11-504 and does require two witnesses. Any will, notarized or not, that did not have witnesses is not self-proving. While it is possible to form the self-proving feature after a will is otherwise formed, it is most common...Read more »
You have not asked a coherent legal question based on any facts. You should hire a competent CO attorney to tell your situation to, who after examining whatever records and/or court files are available, give you his considered opinion on what to do. I cannot even tell if a Probate Administration...Read more »
My Mother died and my sister and myself were listed in the will and trust as Co-Personal Representatives and we are the only Beneficiary in an informal probate in Denver. My question is that my sister resides in our Mothers house and I granted her a year of living rent free which at the end of a... Read more »
What you want to do is possible, yes. The correct steps are first complete the informal probate process to get the house titled to your two names. Then hire a real estate attorney to help you deed your share of the house to your sister after she has paid you the agreed purchase price. A realtor...Read more »
The brother has several people living in there & it's a mess. we can't find a will. There are no other known assets Mom passed away Nov. 2019. Can we legally get him out in order to sell the property. He is back & forth & both. We have changed the locks & he changes them.... Read more »
One option: Have one of the children file for probate and ask to be appointed personal representative of the estate. The PR can bring an eviction action if necessary. The PR can then sell the properties and administer the estate by paying any liabilities and distributing the proceeds among the...Read more »
I'm not sure what difference the death certificate makes. In Colorado, the Personal Representative controls disposition of the decedent's assets. The Personal Representative is appointed by the probate court. It usually is whomever is named as PR by the will. If no will, then the PR is...Read more »
I have a child that was 17 at the time of her dad went missing. I was receiving child support and alimony. D's body wasn't recovered and no death certificate was issued by FL (state of accident). Montrose County filed for support of evidence that he was deceased but bec it took place in... Read more »
I am sorry to hear about the situation. You could talk to a caseworker who could explain the reason. Often people will have life insurance to insure support or you might be able to make a claim against the estate if probate is a possibility.
We are in Colorado - but federal law might determine the answer to this question. There is an 93-year old mother of recently deceased son (no children) who is not the named beneficiary of two of her son's ERISA plans. Rather the nasty ex-wife 15 years removed still is the beneficiary named... Read more »
I am not a Colorado attorney and you ultimately must get with a Colorado estates/tax attorney to get a definitive answer. I can only tell you that in PA this surviving spouse would NOT be allowed to take as beneficiary since she is divorced from the deceased husband.
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