Denver Probate Lawyers
Probate Attorneys specializing in estate litigation
We know probate, but unlike many probate attorneys, we also litigate. We are experienced, calm, confident trial lawyers.
Guardianships and Conservatorships; Trust and Estate Litigation; Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Will Contests; Creditor Claims Against Estates; Abuse Of Power Of Attorney; Surviving Spouse Rights; Fraud or Undue Influence
Experienced and effective counsel in will contests, probate, estate and trust litigation. The attorneys at Stutheit & Gartland, P.C. are ready to protect your inheritance. Contact us to schedule a initial consultation.
See these Stutheit & Gartland blogs:
Wills – Undue Influence Defined. Posted March 12, 2013.
Instructions When Someone Dies. Posted March 25, 2013
Who Gets The Life Insurance After Divorce. Posted December 5, 2012.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
- In a guardianship , the court appoints someone to manage the day-to-day living issues of the protected person. The guardian makes decisions regarding matters such as education, health care and housing. Many of our clients seek guardianship so they can make health care decisions for elderly or mentally ill family members.
- In a conservatorship , the court appoints someone to manage the financial affairs of the protected person. Often, the conservator is the same person as the guardian. Conservators protect incapacitated people from wasting their funds in scams.
We handle every step for you in order to establish the guardianship or conservatorship. We draft and file the petition in the Probate Court, prepare and present witnesses, and are with you at every hearing. We will prepare and file the periodic reports required after appointment.
WILLS, POWERS OF ATTORNEY, REAL ESTATE BENEFICIARY DEEDS and TRUSTS
Advance Health Care Directive or Living Will: $200
Beneficiary Deed: $200 plus recording fee
Postnuptial or Prenuptial Agreement: $500-$650. Important for second marriages.
Power of Attorney for finances and health care decisions: $250 individual, $400 couple
Simple Will (including will with guardianship and trust provisions for children): $400 individual; $600 couple
Temporary Guardianship for Children while parents are absent: $150
Package including Power of Attorney, Simple Will, HIPAA (health care information) Disclosure Authorization, and Advance Health Care Directive: $700 individual, $925 couple.
HOME VISITS ARE AVAILABLE
TIP: Under the “reformation rule” adopted by the Colorado General Assembly, a court may reform or rewrite the terms of a will, trust, or even a life insurance policy, if it can be proven by clear and convincing evidence that the document does not accurately reflect the author’s intent. C.R.S. sec. 15-11-806.
See our blog for discussions that might be useful http://stutheitandgartland.com/category/blog/ :
Probate litigation – common law spouse – posted July 10, 2013
Probate litigation – executor conflict of interest – posted July 6, 2013
Colorado probate law – abuse of trusts – posted June 27, 2013
Colorado civil union act – estate planning implications – posted May 21, 2013