The Probate of an Estate is the process of having the Court certify the appointment of a Personal Representative (Executor) to handle the administration of a decedent's assets. The court will appoint the person named in the Will. If there is no Will, Colorado law states who has priority for appointment.
If all of decedent's assets are non-probate assets, Probate is not necessary.
An Estate is composed of two types of assets:
These assets do not require a Personal Representative (Executor) in order to be transferred, and therefore are not subject to the Probate process. These assets are distributed according to the ownership documents listed above.
The Probate Process is simple and inexpensive in Colorado, and therefore, avoiding Probate is not a priority in this State.