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What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will?

A will is the roadmap that directs what happens to someone’s probate assets when they die.  The will also nominates a personal representative to administer the estate.  But what happens when someone dies “intestate,” or without a will?  In those situations, the Colorado Probate Code directs who inherits from the estate and who has priority … Continue Reading

Terry Schiavo Case: In Colorado, A Living Will Is Not The Correct Solution

As a result of publicity over the Terry Schiavo case, I have received several inquiries from clients and others about the use of living wills and advance directives in Colorado. After reviewing the living will and medical durable power of attorney forms published by the Colorado Bar Association, and Colorado’s statutes governing living wills and … Continue Reading

Quit Claims & The $500K Exclusion

Co-Author:  Patricia A. Leighton, Esq. Quit Claims & The $500K Exclusion Consider the following parent who has allowed her adult son to live in her second house for the last 2 ½ years. The parent now wants to sell the house. Can the parent quit claim the house to her son so that he can … Continue Reading

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