One of the challenges of losing a loved one is settling the decedent’s estate. This process often includes a procedure known as probate, during which the terms of the deceased person’s will are carried out. An experienced probate attorney can help you administer your loved one’s estate and will, guiding you through the process and helping you through any issues along the way. At the Longmont office of Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC, we have been helping clients across Northern Colorado since 1871. Whether your loved one died with or without a will or you just need assistance transferring assets, our attorneys provide the advice and representation to help you in your time of need.
Probate is the court process following a person’s death in which the property of the decedent (person who has died) is transferred or otherwise disposed. It is the legal process by which a will is examined and its provisions are carried out. Probate may also be required to deal with the debts of the decedent, many of which may be dischargeable. Probate courts, in directing a personal representative or administrator to handle the estate, have broad powers, ensuring that burial expenses and administration costs are fair and reasonable.
Along with trusts and other estate planning instruments that direct how a person’s assets are to be distributed, a well-written will can make it easier for a family to finalize an estate and move forward. Wills are powerful tools, but they don’t work automatically. The decedent’s will is required by law to be filed (lodged) with the district court in the county in which the decedent was domiciled within 10 days of the decedent’s passing, even if no probate administration is expected.
In Colorado, there are basically three types of probate:
The probate process is conducted by the estate’s personal representative (executor). This person is either named in the will or appointed by the court.
An estate typically needs to go through the probate process if:
Other factors can also lead to probate or the challenge of a will. Our attorneys guide you through the entire process of settling an estate, even if legal challenges arise. We also help with issues involving real estate and other property and are experienced in handling tax matters that arise during the settling of an estate.
When a loved one passes, you should seek the assistance of an experienced attorney to make sure that your loved one’s wishes are carried out fairly and fully. At the Longmont law firm of Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC, we have been assisting clients with probate administration for over 140 years in the Northern Colorado area, including Boulder, Larimer, and Weld counties. For a consultation with an experienced probate attorney, contact us online or call us at 303-776-5380.
Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC has survived since 1871 for many good reasons, not the least of which are excellent legal representation and exemplary client communication and service. Come see the difference that our knowledgeable, local attorneys can make. Call us at 303.776.5380 or contact our Longmont office online.
The law firm formed in 1871 by Col. Byron L. Carr and Charles E. Day
The law firm became Carr and Secor after F. P. Secor read for the law under the supervision of Col. Carr
The law firm became Secor and Secor after F. P. Secor’s son, Gray Secor joined.
After graduating from the University of Colorado Law School, Horace Greeley McCarty began office sharing with Secor and Secor.
L.B. "Larry" Flanders graduated from the University of Colorado first in his business school & law school classes. Larry was the grandson of F. P. Secor, joined the firm.
The law firm became Secor, McCarty & Flanders.
After graduating from the University of Colorado Law School, Tom Wood began practicing with the firm.
The law firm became Secor, McCarty, Flanders & Wood.
John C. Flanders, great grandson of FP Secor joined the law firm.
The law firm became Flanders, McCarty, Wood & Sonnesyn.
Thomas L. Stover joined the law firm.
The law firm became Flanders, Sonnesyn & Stover.
Kathleen A. Ellis joined the law firm.
Scott W. Dunn joined the law firm.
The law firm became Flanders, Stover, Elsberg & Ellis, LLC when R. Lee Elsberg joined the firm.
The law firm became Flanders, Stover, Elsberg, LLP.
Elizabeth A. Montague joined the law firm.
Mark A. Herber began his solo law practice.
The law firm became Flanders & Elsberg, LLP.
Mark A. Herber and Clinton K. Nash merged to become Herber & Nash, P. C.
The law firm became Flanders, Elsberg & Dunn, LLC.
Flanders, Elsberg & Dunn, LLC and Herber & Nash, P. C. merged to become Flanders, Elsberg, Nash, Herber & Dunn, LLC.
Current – Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC
Theodore J. Finn and Elizabeth A. Montague became Partners at Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC.
Andrew. N. Dunkin joined the law firm.
Mark E. Ringer joined the law firm.