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Probate & Protection of Rights Services for Coloradans

If you need assistance in administering, settling, and the distribution of an estate after the passing of the estate holder, the attorneys at Coaty and Woods, P.C. can help. We’ve worked with countless trustees, guardians, and personal representatives throughout Colorado.

Probate & Protection of Rights

Dealing with the death of a loved one is a trying time in itself. Tending to wills, trusts, and the protection of rights for those left behind, can make an already difficult situation quickly overwhelming. This is why the probate lawyers and staff at Coaty and Woods, P.C. are trained and experienced in working with trustees, guardians, and personal representatives in Colorado to administer, settle and distribute an estate after a death. Our goal is to help you in accomplishing the decedent’s desires quickly, economically, and mindfully to give you peace of mind during a stressful period.

Why Hire Probate Lawyers?

We’re often asked by clients why they should hire a probate lawyer. After all, hiring a team to work on your estate is an investment of time and money. We want our clients to know we respect what it means for them when they retain our services.

Having helped hundreds of Colorado families over the years, we have seen how hiring a firm to handle estates in probate helps in ways far beyond the legal benefits. Here are some reasons you may consider hiring our team of probate lawyers and paralegals.

Lightening the Load during a Stressful Time

When a loved one passes, it can be a heavy, emotional period. Even when events were anticipated, shock and sadness, are normal and common emotions for people to be dealing with. The efforts of arranging a funeral, burial and family gatherings can be additional mental stress.

When an estate, or portions of it, has not been clearly allocated through estate planning, dealing with the technicalities of a will that has gone into probate can become an overwhelming process that can last for many months. As lawyers who have worked with clients in these stressful times, we make it our goal not only to handle the details of probate court, but to remove as much of the mental strain around the effort. We do this by removing guesswork, offering clear direction and anticipating obligations of the will before they become issues.

Legal Experience to Navigate a Technical Process

There are many elements to estate administration or establishing conservatorship that take some time to learn, unless you’ve had experience with the process. We have had that experience and will use it for your benefit. Some clients simply hire us because they don’t have time to figure out the process. Our goal is to make the probate process go as smoothly as possible and save you the effort of reading piles of paperwork.

Limiting Travel Time

It’s not uncommon for clients live outside of Colorado and have to return home to handle the will and estate of parents who have passed. These trips can begin to add up in frequency and duration to manage everything from the will to the actual physical estate. Having seen this for many clients, we know how taking time off work and away from family has both emotional and financial costs. This is why we work to maximize the value of our clients’ time.

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How our Lawyers Can Help You

Our legal team can provide a variety of probate and protection of rights services. The following are some of our most common legal services.

Probate Support

When someone dies, estate administration may be required to determine distribution of the estate assets and to legally transfer title of assets to the appropriate beneficiaries. Our experienced staff are here to help with needs such as admitting the will to probate court; obtaining certified letters testamentary or of administration; the inventory; and in final distribution of the assets of the estate.

Trust Administration

Navigating the duties associated with managing a trust can be overwhelming. This is especially true as most people in this position have never done this before. Having knowledgeable and experienced guidance in this arena can not only save time and money, but also a great deal of stress. 

Our law firm assists trustees of revocable living trusts and irrevocable trusts throughout the trusts’ existence. We can manage the trust duties to the end to ensure that all moneys and other property from the trust are distributed appropriately and at the right time. While your tax consultant will advise you on the tax responsibilities for your trust, our team can help you arrange the distributions so you have the necessary paperwork and information to give to your tax preparer.

Claims Assistance

Initiating claims once someone has passed isn’t always as straight forward a process as one would hope. Multiply this process by the varied types of policies an individual may hold, and navigating the processes for life insurance claims or annuity claims becomes exponentially tiring. This is why professional and experienced assistance when initiating claims can lighten the load for a heavy heart.

Our lawyers and staff can assist you in promptly accomplishing requirements for life insurance claims, last illness claims, and/or annuity claims. Assistance in gathering the necessary documents and requirements will help you navigate the process much more effectively.

Assistance in Establishing Guardianship

If someone is unable to care or to make decisions for themselves, a court-ordered guardianship gives someone the ability to provide the needed care. One of our attorneys will guide you through the required proceedings.

Appointing Conservatorship

If it becomes necessary to have the District Court appoint a conservator to step in and take control of a minor’s financial affairs, our attorneys can assist in the preparation of the court documents, all necessary filings, and any required hearing.

If you need help with probate or protection of rights matters, contact us for a free consultation. We can set up an initial consultation or you’re welcome to email a description of your legal problem if that is easier. We’ll give you an initial assessment and let you know how our team can be of assistance during this time.

Free Consultation with a Lawyer

The idea of probate court or establishing conservatorship to help a love one can be a daunting idea for many people. We offer a free consultation to help you get your bearings and better understand the process. Call us today to arrange a free consultation with a lawyer. The more you know, the better you’ll feel.

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