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The Denver Probate Court, sometimes referred to as the 24th Judicial District, encompasses all of the City and County of Denver. The Colorado Constitution Article VI § 9(3) created the Denver Probate Court and defines its jurisdiction. The Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over "all matters of probate, settlements of estates of deceased persons, appointment of guardians, conservators and administrators, and settlement of their accounts, the adjudication of the mentally ill, and such other jurisdiction as may be provided by law."

NOTICE:  Please check this website for up to date information regarding the Denver Probate Court in accordance with the Chief Justice Order Regarding COVID-19 and Operation of State Courts and the Denver Probate Court's First Amended Administrative Order Regarding Court Operations Under COVID-19.  The courts and probation department provide important and essential services to the public and we will fully endeavor to maintain operations, consistent with current conditions and health recommendations. Below are measures being implemented to address public concern surrounding COVID-19.

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CORONAVIRUS NOTICE

Effective Monday, April 6, 2020

Until further notice, the Clerk’s Office for the Denver Probate Court will no longer accept walk-in customers who are not filing emergency matters.  The Denver Probate Court Self-Help Center in Room 281 will no longer accept walk-in customers at this time as well. 

If you have a scheduled hearing by phone or video with the Denver Probate Court (also known as a “virtual courtroom” hearing), click here for instructions on how to participate by videoconference or telephone.  (These instructions DO NOT apply to JDF 712 "Notice of Hearing Without Appearance," at which your attendance is NOT required or expected.) 

The Chief Justice Order Regarding COVID-19 and Operation of Colorado State Courts dated March 16, 2020 directs that only the following matters related to the probate court are considered emergency matters:

  1. Petitions for temporary extreme risk protection orders and hearings on extreme risk protection orders.

  2. Petitions for appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator.

  3. Mental health hearings.

DO NOT come to the Clerk’s Office in person UNLESS you are filing one of the above matters, and pursuant to the Joint Order Requiring Face Coverings in Court Facilities, all those entering any court facilities are required to wear a face covering.  The Clerk’s Office continues to accept filings by U.S. MAIL or electronic filing (efiling) through counsel.

If you believe you must make an emergency filing that is not listed above and do not believe you are able to file by U.S. Mail or electronically, please call 303-606-2303 and leave a message that includes: your name, your telephone number, the case number, the case name, and the nature of your emergency. You will receive a return telephone call from a staff member with instructions regarding how your filing can be accepted in person.

All Self-Help Center customers may still reach the Self Represented Litigant Coordinator by telephone at (303) 606-2502 or email at DPCSelfHelp@judicial.state.co.us.  Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the "Meet With An Attorney For Free" clinic for parties without attorneys will be offered by telephone on a first-come, first-served basis.  See below for further details.

For more information regarding Denver Probate Court operations under COVID-19, including current and future hearing settings, please see the Court's First Amended Administrative Order Regarding Court Operations Under COVID-19.

Regardless of whether you have an emergency, if you are ill or have a fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat or have any other respiratory illness symptoms DO NOT come to the court in person. Your health and the health of staff members is our primary concern.

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Information specific to Denver County Court, Denver Juvenile Court or Denver District Court is as follows:

https://www.denvercountycourt.org/                                                                  (720) 865-7800

https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Denver_Juvenile/Index.cfm                   (720) 337-0570

https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Index.cfm?District_ID=2            (303) 606-2300 

You may also visit www.courts.state.co.us for additional information on current Colorado State Judicial Announcements, Closures, and Delays and/or follow @CoCourts on Twitter.

Please note that effective March 16, 2020, all "So Now You Are A Personal Representative" and "So Now You Are A Guardian/Conservator" sessions are cancelled though May 31, 2020.  Please check this website for further updates.

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COURT INFORMATION:

Denver Probate Court
1437 Bannock St. Room 230
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-606-2303
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
The Court is closed on State holidays.  Click here for a list State holidays.

The Denver Probate Court is the court that hears probate issues arising in Denver County.  For counties other than Denver, the probate court is part of the district court of that county. To find a district court , visit "Courts by District."

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Effective January 1, 2020, the Denver Probate Court, per Chief Judge Administrative Order, will hear petitions for Extreme Risk Protection Orders (also known as “ERPO” or Red Flag Law HB 19-1177) that are filed in Denver County.  Click here to view the Joint Order Regarding the Administration of Actions Filed Pursuant to C.R.S. 13-14.5-101 Known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders.  For statewide procedures and forms for ERPO cases click here.  For an informational brochure prepared by the Denver Probate Court summarizing ERPO, click here.  For a grayscale version of this informational brochure click here.  For a list of Community Resources also prepared by the Denver Probate Court and utilized in ERPO cases, click here

 


Denver Probate Court Pro Se Resource Center

Provides procedural and general probate information to parties without attorneys.  Probate matters include wills, trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships. 


1437 Bannock St. - Room 281
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-606-2502 (Cannot return international calls) Email: DPCSelfHelp@judicial.state.co.us

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Center is closed on State holidays.

To find a different district's self help center, visit "Find a Self Help Center." Please visit Denver District Court for assistance with divorce or allocation of parental responsibility issues or Denver County Court for questions about evictions, small claims, and name changes.  

Instructions and forms (JDF Forms) for the most common probate case types can be found through the Colorado Judicial Branch.  Forms specific to the Denver Probate Court (DPC Forms) can be found on the "Court Forms" page.

**Please note that effective March 16, 2020, all "So Now You Are A Personal Representative" and "So Now You Are A Guardian/Conservator" sessions are cancelled though May 31, 2020.  Please check this website for further updates.**

Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the "Meet With An Attorney For Free" clinic for parties without attorneys will be offered by telephone on a first-come, first-served basis.  See below for further details.

Denver Probate Court Pro Se Clinics:

"So Now You Are a Personal Representative"

Local attorneys present an overview of the duties and responsibilities of a personal representative each month.  The attorneys also provide practical tips for completing those responsibilities, including how to set up an estate account, change title to real estate, notify and work with creditors, and work with beneficiaries.

When:  Second Friday of the month; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where:  Room 431 at 1437 Bannock Street Denver, CO.  ***Note the new location!  Exit the elevators to the left on the fourth floor*** 

Clinic dates are subject to volunteer attorney availability, and any cancellations will be posted on this website.

Please note that effective March 16, 2020, all "So Now You Are A Personal Representative" sessions are cancelled though May 31, 2020.  Please check this website for further updates.

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"So Now You Are a Guardian/Conservator"

Denver Probate Court protective proceedings monitors present an overview of the fiduciary duty of a guardian/conservator and help prepare you for the filing of your annual guardian and conservator reports.  This class is recommended for all new guardians and conservators, people considering petitioning the court to be appointed as a guardian or conservator, or appointed guardians and conservators who have difficulty completing their reports each year.

When:  Third Friday of each month; 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.  **The May 15, 2020 "So Now You Are A Guardian/Conservator" session is cancelled.  Please check this website for future updates.**

Where:  Room 281, 1437 Bannock Street Denver, CO.

Please note that effective March 16, 2020, all "So Now You Are A Guardian/Conservator" sessions are cancelled though May 31, 2020.  Please check this website for further updates.

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"Meet With An Attorney For Free"

**Please note that effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the "Meet With An Attorney For Free" clinic for parties without attorneys will be offered by telephone on a first-come, first-served basis.  See below for further details.**

Parties who are not represented by counsel can meet by telephone with an attorney to discuss their elder law or probate matter on a first-come, first-served non-confidential basis.  Topics may include trusts, estates, wills, guardianships, conservatorships, and powers of attorney.  This is intended to be a one-time informational session with an attorney and does not constitute an attorney-client relationship; parties with complex issues may want to engage the long-term services of an attorney.  Because the "Meet With An Attorney For Free" clinic for parties without attorneys will be offered by telephone only, document review by the volunteer attorney is not available at this time.

When:  Effective May 18, 2020, every Monday and Wednesday by telephone only from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (closed on state holidays).  Clinics are subject to the availability of volunteers; cancellations will be posted on this website.

Where: By telephone.  Contact the Self Help Center at (303) 606-2502 on clinic days, prior to or during clinic hours, to sign up for a 15 minute slot, subject to volunteer availability.

How:  People without attorneys that wish to participate in the "Meet With An Attorney For Free" Clinic will fill out this form and email it to dpcselfhelp@judicial.state.co.us, or may provide their information to the Self Help Center over the telephone before meeting with the volunteer attorney.  Because the "Meet With An Attorney For Free" clinic for parties without attorneys will be offered by telephone only, document review by the volunteer attorney is not available at this time. 

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"Power of Attorney and Living Will Presentation and Clinic"

WHEN:  September 1 and December 1, 2020, beginning at 1:00 PM. 

              *The June 2, 2020 Power of Attorney and Living Will Presentation and CLinic is CANCELLED*

WHERE:  Denver Probate Court Self Help Center (Pro Se), 1437 Bannock St. Room 281, Denver, CO 80202

STEP ONE: ATTEND THE 1:00 PM PRESENTATION

Is a Power of Attorney or Living Will Right for Me?

  • Learn about what Powers of Attorney and Living Wills are and the benefits of completing them.

  • Learn how to choose someone to make medical and financial decisions for you in case you are ever unable to do so in the future.

STEP TWO: INCOME QUALIFYING  INDIVIDUALS MAY STAY FOR THE 2:00 PM WORKSHOP

Volunteer attorneys will help income qualifying individuals complete powers of attorney and living wills.

You must be financially eligible for free legal services to receive help at this part of the clinic. You will be asked to complete a form to check your financial eligibility, so come early.

  • Applicants will be seen on a first come first served basis.

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To learn more, contact the Denver Probate Court Self Help Center at (303) 606-2502 or DPCSelfHelp@judicial.state.co.us

 

**Please note that effective March 16, 2020, all "So Now You Are A Personal Representative" and "So Now You Are A Guardian/Conservator" sessions are cancelled though May 31, 2020.  Please check this website for further updates.**

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