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In Colorado, probate matters concern the administration and settlement of decedents' estates, the use and enforcement of certain trusts, and the appointment and supervision of guardians and conservators for minors and adults. District court judges in all counties except Denver hear probate cases. Denver has a separate probate court and probate judge established by constitutional amendment in 1962. In addition to probate matters, The Denver Probate Court also handles involuntary mental health certifications, alcohol/drug commitments and related matters.

 

Resources

General Probate Information for Colorado

American Bar Association Probate Frequently Asked Questions

Real Property Books: A Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal

National College of Probate Judges

National Guardianship Association

National Probate Court Standards

State Courts and Elder Abuse: Ensuring Justice for Older Americans

National Center For State Courts Probate Resources

Resolution in Support of the NCSC Paper, State Courts and Elder Abuse: Ensuring Justice for Older Americans

The Impact of an Aging Society on State Courts

Interdisciplinary Recommendations on Court Responses to Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse and Neglect

Aging with Dignity: Five Wishes

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a guardian? How do I get appointed?
A guardian is a person who has been appointed by the court to help make personal decisions for an incapacitated adult or for a minor.

 

For appointment information, click on the forms below:

JDF 840: Instructions for Appointment of a Guardian–Adult or

JDF 823: Instructions for Appointment of Guardian–Minor

 

 

What is a conservator? How do I get appointed?

A conservator is a person who has been appointed by the court to help manage the financial affairs of another person.

 

For appointment information, click on the forms below:

JDF 875: Instructions for Appointment of Conservator–Adult or

JDF 860: Instructions for Appointment of Conservator–Minor

 

 

I’m going out of the country. How do I temporarily delegate decision-making authority over my minor child?

For instructions, click on the link below:

Instructions for Delegation of Power by Parent or Guardian Pursuant to 15-14-105, C.R.S. (JDF 750)

 

 

Where can I get Colorado probate forms?

All forms including probate are available online at the Colorado Judicial Branch web site at www.courts.state.co.us under SELF-HELP

 

 

How do I contact the probate registrar in my county?

Click here for the registrars’ contact list

 

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