Denver Wills & Probate

Guiding You Through the Estate Planning and Probate Process

In Colorado, the estate planning and probate process does not have to be costly or time-consuming. Whether you are planning your estate or settling the financial affairs of a parent, my job as your lawyer is to help you reach your goals in the most efficient way.

Estate Planning Services

Estate planning is about more than determining who should receive your property after you die. It's also about protecting your family if you should become incapacitated. In addition to a will, the three most important documents to consider are the power of attorney for health and medical decisions, the power of attorney for financial decisions, and the living will. For nearly 40 years, I have helped generations of Colorado families protect their property and their loved ones using estate-planning documents such as:

  • A last will and testament, which lets your family members and the probate court know how your assets should be distributed after you die. Wills can also be used to name a guardian for minor children.
  • A living will, which lets your family members and medical providers know what steps, if any, you want taken to prolong your life if you are in a terminal condition with no hope of recovery.
  • A medical power of attorney, which names a trusted person or family member to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to communicate your own wishes.
  • A financial power of attorney, which names a trusted person or family member to make financial decisions for you if you are incapacitated.

As your lawyer, I will assist you with the preparation of an estate plan that reflects your wishes, your assets and your family.

Probate Services

The probate process is simplified in Colorado. With a will, it usually takes about 30 to 60 days to name a personal representative (or executor) for the estate. The average estate can be distributed and closed in six months to a year. Without a will it can take a little longer where notice of a hearing must be given.

In addition to guiding personal representatives through the probate process, I represent heirs, beneficiaries and personal representatives in will contests and other probate litigation.

For more information or to schedule an attorney consultation about wills or probate: call 303-427-5581 or complete the contact form on this site. My law office is located near the Pecos Street exit of the Denver-Boulder Turnpike.