Probate and Wills

Denver Estate Planning and Probate Lawyers

Attorneys specializing in estate planning, probate, estate litigation.

We have been doing estate planning and probate law for more than 20 years.  Brian Stutheit is a member of the Elder Law section of the Colorado Bar. He has been appointed by the courts in Denver and Arapahoe County as an attorney to make recommendations for resolution of probate cases. We office 15 minutes from the Jefferson County Courts.

  Wills and trusts

Too many clients are sold unnecessarily expensive estate plans.  We are not in the business of “selling” estate plans.  We are in the business of learning client goals, uncovering client needs, and recommending plans which meet the needs and goals for a fair fee.

Advance Health Care Directive or Living Will: $225.  We frequently include this within the health power of attorney for no extra cost.
Beneficiary Deed to real estate: $250 plus recording fee. Can be a good way in small estates to avoid probate.  An alternative to making an heir a joint owner in the property right now.
Postnuptial or Prenuptial Agreement: $800. Important for second marriages with children from the first marriage.
Power of Attorney for finances and health care decisions: $270 individual, $400 couple
Simple Will (including will with guardianship and trust provisions for children): $550 individual; $800 couple
Temporary Guardianship for Children while parents are absent: $150

Powers of attorney

Most adults should have a current power of attorney for both finances and health care decision making. The power of attorney allows you to pick someone you trust to handle your affairs if you cannot do so yourself. It gives you peace of mind, reassuring you that in an emergency, someone you choose will have the authority to act for you. If you don’t have one and you are suddenly incapacitated, your family may have to go through an expensive and time-consuming court action to appoint a guardian or conservator to make decisions for you.

Probate Law

Generally, there are two types oprobate lawyers: those who handle the administrative side of probates – transactional attorneys, and those who represent clients in lawsuits, called probate litigators. Lawyers often specialize in administration of estates, but Stutheit & Gartland, P.C. knows administration and litigation. We know probate, but unlike many probate attorneys, we also litigate.  We are experienced, calm, confident trial lawyers.

Our  probate specialties are:

Decedent Estate Administration;

Guardianship and Conservatorship;

Trust and Estate Litigation;

Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Removal of Trustees or Personal Representatives;

Will Contests and Disputes Among Heirs;

Claims Against Estates;

Abuse of Power of Attorney;

Surviving Spouse Rights;

Fraud  and Undue Influence in making a will or trust.



Colorado Probate Lawyer

Protect your heirs and  inheritance. 303-321-3017

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