What is a limited guardianship and conservatorship?

When an adult is considered mentally or physically incapable of making their own decisions, then they are often referred to as being incapacitated. In such instances, the courts will often appoint a conservator to look after the financial needs of the individual, while a guardian would typically oversee this person’s physical needs.  You can think

What is Supervised Probate?

Probate administration is a legal process that safeguards the estate or assets of a deceased person, ensuring they are distributed appropriately. This typically involves transferring the title of assets from the decedent to their devisees (recipients named in the will) or heirs (recipients named by law).   All wills and intestate estates must go through

What are the duties of a conservator?

A conservator is appointed by the courts to help protect an individual who has been determined to be incapacitated and unable to manage his or her finances. A guardian is appointed by the court to manage the health and physical decisions for an incapacitated person. Those incapacitated persons are referred to as wards or protected

Lawyers Just Wanna Have Fun!

Who says lawyers have to be stuffy? Sure, the Denver estate lawyers at Brown & Crona, LLC “live their lives right.” They spend their working days helping people in our community protect their estates, plan for the futures of their loved ones and receive what is rightfully theirs. But “when the working day is done”

Who is an Incapacitated Adult?

A person 18 years of age or older who is incapable of effectively making/communicating decisions or receiving and/or evaluating information to such a degree that the individual lacks the ability to take care of their own basic needs including physical health, welfare and safety. If a judge determines that someone is legally incapacitated, the court

What Does Protected Person Status Mean for Estate Planning?

There are certain individuals who need to be protected because they are unable to care for themselves. The most obvious example of this is a minor: a child under the age of 18 that is incapable of providing their own food and shelter. However, some adults also require protection such as those with mental or

What’s the Difference Between a Power of Attorney and a Conservator?

Both a power of attorney and a conservator are legal appointments made to help other people handle their financial affairs. The difference between the two lies in when these appointments are actually made. Power of Attorney: established before a person becomes incapacitated and is unable to make financial decisions on their own (a durable power

Who Can Start the Probate Process in Colorado?

Executors of a will are tasked with the responsibility of initiating the probate process. These are individuals who have been specifically named in a deceased person’s will to handle all of the many duties surrounding estate administration. Probate isn’t meant to be a punishment for the executor and the beneficiaries. It is meant to ensure

Do I Need a Lawyer to Administer a Trust?

Scenario: Someone you love has passed away and you just found out you have been named as the trustee to administer their trust. Do you need to hire a lawyer? Here’s a way to figure it out: YES, You Need a Lawyer NO, You Don’t Need a Lawyer The estate left behind is massive/worth millions.