A Short Outline of Colorado Probate Forms
If there is one piece of advice that every individual who shepherds an estate through Colorado probate can tell you, it is this: keep track of you Colorado probate forms. For one thing, there are dozens of them, and turning in the wrong one or forgetting to fill out another on time can cost you money, as well as extra weeks and months in Probate Court.
Remember that if you really want to be current on which Colorado probate forms you need and when, visit your district’s probate court to collect all the necessary forms and to understand when they are necessary. That said, this outline may help you find some of the most important Colorado probate forms when you need them the most.
• Application for Probate of Will and Informal Appointment of Personal Representation
This is the most common Colorado probate form used to begin the probate process. It assumes the presence of a will and asks for some information on the deceased’s residence (it should be in Colorado) and will be turned in with a copy of the will, a copy of the death certificate, and the payment for a filing fee. You choose an informal appointment if all of the “Interested Persons” such as spouses, children or other heirs have not yet been notified of the death and so the personal representation of the estate can not be formally binding yet. Print a copy of the form here.
• Application for Probate of Will and Formal Appointment of Personal Representation
If the Interested persons have all been notified, then a formal personal representative of the estate may be chosen when the will enters probate. In this case, you should print and file this Colorado probate form, along with the copy of the will, the copy of the death certificate, and the payment for the filing fee. Print it here
• Order of Intestacy, Determination of Heirs and Formal Appointment of Personal Representative
Many persons accumulate considerable estates without leaving a will behind them to organize its distribution after their death. In this case, then the estate is in a state of intestacy, and probate will be a somewhat more difficult process. Regardless, it begins with a form similar to the forms of estates with wills that should be likewise turned in with a copy of the death certificate and payment for a filing fee. Print it here
• Irrevocable Power of Attorney
Any fiduciary in charge of an estate is obligated to fill out and file this Colorado probate form, giving power of attorney to the Court Clerk and allowing them to collect all notices related to the estate. Print it here.
• Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration
This Colorado probate form grants an appointed official the official and binding power to distribute the property of an estate according to the probate court’s demands. Print it here