Probate, Guardianships, Conservatorships
Colorado Probate Law Services
Probate generally refers to the time after someone dies and their friends or family work to finalize their financial matters. This can be a confusing and difficult process. Let us help guide you through the court paperwork and financial institutions to ensure that all your family member’s matters are settled. This includes gathering and assessing assets, determining and paying debts, and making final payments to the heirs or beneficiaries.
We offer two types of services to help with your probate. What you choose depends on your needs and what you think you can handle.
Supportive Probate: In this situation we provide the paperwork, guidance, and information necessary to help you finish all of the decedent’s estate. We do not take an active roll in managing the bank accounts or other financial institutions. However, we are always here to answer questions and make sure you stay on track. Most clients choose this option.
Full probate: In this case we take a far more active roll in managing the probate. We will take the actions to open accounts, gather assets, pay debts, and complete the paperwork. This is more costly, but a good option if you believe that the process would be too overwhelming for you.
There are many benefits of hiring a lawyer to help you. The state provides instructions and forms, but often they are overwhelming and confusing. You have questions, but no one to turn to for help. We will help guide you through the process and ensure that you stay on track for a full and final completion.
Guardianship and Conservatorship
Guardianship and conservatorship are court appointed positions that ensure a person is cared for when they are not able to care for themselves. Both of these positions take care of either the money or the medical decisions for someone who cannot do so on their own. A conservator is someone who makes financial decisions, and a guardian is someone who makes decisions about the person’s health and placement. In the case of a minor child, a guardian also makes most decisions that a parent would make on behalf of a child.
a. Guardianship and Conservatorship for Adults
b. Guardianship and Conservatorship for Minors
- Sometimes a child needs someone to take care of them when a parent cannot. Guardianship is where an adult is appointed by the court to care for, and make decisions for, the child. With a guardianship, the person taking care of the child will have the legal rights to make decisions for a certain period of time. This can be done through the courts, or outside of them, as is appropriate. Guardianship is often appropriate for times when a parent will be gone for an extended period of time, or when they are not able to care for their children for a personal reason.
- We are happy to help you through the process to make sure that the child is safe and happy and healthy and that everything is legal and thorough to protect the whole family.
c. Guardianship and Conservatorship for incapacitated adults.
“Meggin was very thorough and spoke in layman’s terms in my first meeting with her. She was patient but kept me to the deadlines of settling the estate. She kept in touch with me and the heirs through email, phone, and post contacts in a timely but not intrusive manner. She made helpful suggestions and explained next steps for her and for the client at each phase. I recommend her strongly for anyone who is the personal representative for an estate.”