In 1973, Colorado approved and enacted the Uniform Probate Code (UPC) to simplify and streamline the probate process and move toward standardizing laws surrounding wills, trusts and intestate cases (people who pass away without a will or trust). Colorado is just one of 19 states that has adopted the UPC.
The UPC includes information surrounding seven articles:
- General provisions and definitions
- Intestate succession (dying without a will)
- Probate of wills and estate administration
- Estates in probate located outside where the deceased resided
- Protections for people under disability (and their property)
- Non-probate transfers of property
- Trust administration
While the UPC does not answer every question you may encounter in the probate process (where the court verifies and finalizes the contents of a will), it may make your probate process less complicated. Originally approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association in 1969, this is still not yet fully adopted by all 50 states in the United States.
If you have any questions about the Uniform Probate Code and how it applies to a Colorado probate case or need help with a probate case in Denver, contact the Denver estate administration lawyers at Brown & Crona, LLC: (303) 339-3750. You can also send us a message online to set up an appointment.