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Judicial Department seeks public input on proposed changes to public administrator practices

Friday, January 19, 2018

DENVER – The Colorado Judicial Department announced today it will accept public comments on proposed changes to practices of public administrators in response to a 2017 state audit.

The audit of public administrators appointed by courts in conservatorship and decedents’ estate cases may be found at https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/audits/1678p_public_administrators_0.pdf.

Following the audit, Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice charged the Probate Advisory Workgroup with recommending improved practices, and the Colorado Judicial Department is seeking public feedback on the group’s four recommendations. Comments on the recommendations may be sent to courtservicescommunications@judicial.state.co.us. Comments on the recommendations will be accepted through the next Legislative Audit Committee hearing at 7 a.m. Jan. 30, 2018. General feedback about the audit may be sent to the Office of the State Auditor (www.colorado.gov/auditor).

The first recommendation would raise the statutory bond amount for public administrators from $25,000 to $100,000 to more adequately protect decedents’ estates and conservatorships.

Another recommendation would clarify that deputy public administrators are subject to the same statutory requirements as public administrators.

The third recommendation calls for a change in statute to require copies of all fee statements reflecting fees and costs be filed with the court at the same time the statement of account is filed.

Finally, the workgroup recommends another statutory change requiring public administrators to complete the annual report using a standard format as directed by the Chief Justice.

Additional information on the Probate Advisory Workgroup’s recommendations may be found at https://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/Program.cfm?Program=59.

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