Laws governing the estate administration for incapacitated and deceased persons can be complex. Working with an experienced Colorado Springs probate law attorney can help make a difficult time a little bit easier.
Guardianships and Conservatorships in Colorado
When a loved one is incapacitated and unable to make their own medical decisions, it may be necessary to establish legal guardianship. A guardian is appointed by the court to protect the incapacitated person’s physical well-being. In the absence of an advanced directive for medical care, the court can appoint someone to serve in this role.
Similarly, if someone close to you isn’t able to manage their own financial affairs but didn’t execute a power of attorney for their financial affairs while they still had capacity to do so, the court can step in to appoint someone as a legal conservator over the incapacitated person’s finances.
Having a knowledgeable, experienced attorney helping you through the guardianship or conservatorship process can give you peace of mind during a difficult time period.
Formal and Informal Probate
When someone dies in Colorado, certain assets may need to go through a probate court proceeding before the estate can be fully administered and distributed.
Informal probate proceedings may be an option when your loved one left a valid, original will and when the estate administration and distribution appears to be fairly straightforward. Formal probate proceedings typically involve court hearings, and may be required if there wasn’t a valid will, if there are disputes among heirs or beneficiaries, and in certain other circumstances.
Attorney Tammy W. Akers has experience with wills and trusts for small estates, and with helping people through both formal and informal probate proceedings.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
If a loved one is no longer able to manage their own affairs, it’s important to take action to protect their best interests. At the Law Office of Tammy W. Akers, LLC, we understand how challenging this time can be. We will work to make the process of obtaining guardianship and conservatorships as fast and painless as possible.
If a loved one’s estate needs to go through probate court proceedings in El Paso County, Teller County, Pueblo County or Douglas County, CO, we can help. With experience handling both formal and informal probate proceedings, we’ll work hard to make what can otherwise be a frustrating process a little bit easier.
Contact us in Colorado Springs today at (719) 985-8192 to schedule an initial consultation and to learn more.