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Probate

The Summit County attorneys at Carlson, Edwards, and O’Connor Attorneys at Law, P.C. provide guidance for all probate-related matters

Probate is a legal term which can be translated to mean “the handling of a person’s affairs and property
after they have passed away.” There are certain requirements and economic thresholds the estate of a
recently deceased person must meet before it becomes necessary to open a probate process, and there
are many different kinds of probate cases in Colorado. Even if a person passes away with a will or a trust
in Colorado, it may still be necessary to open a probate case.


The decision as to whether or not to open a probate, and how to work through the process, can be
complicated, particularly if you are simultaneously struggling with the emotional trauma of the loss of a
loved one. Our attorneys are experienced professionals in the probate context, and can assist you in
working through it.


Similarly, if you believe that a family member’s will is invalid, or was not properly executed, or you were
disinherited, you may have a legal remedy. If your loved one was diagnosed with dementia, but
executed a will after their condition became severe, that will may be invalid. If the will does not include
you, but also does not exclude you, the instrument may be invalid, or even if it is valid, you may be
entitled to property from the estate.


Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a traumatic experience. The probate process does not need to
inflame that trauma. Our attorneys understand that to handle a probate case often means re-opening
the pain and grief of loss; by involving an attorney, you can distance yourself from the process, and
obtain a more efficient and legally correct outcome.

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Many of our clients come to us with the initial concern that a probate case will cost more money than
the estate is worth, or alternatively, cost so much that the only person who receives any of your loved
one’s inheritance are the attorneys. While this can be true in some cases, with some attorneys, you can
rest assured that the legal professionals at Carlson, Edwards, and O’Connor have your best interests in
mind, and want you to get the best outcome possible.


Whether you simply need assistance preparing the probate paperwork, would like an attorney to
manage a probate case for you, or have questions about your estate plan, or your loved one’s last
wishes, we can help. The estate planning attorneys at Carlson, Edwards, and O’Connor can advise you of your rights,
explain the process in detail and give you resources to get through it, or handle the case entirely. If you
have lost a loved one, or would like to speak with us about the probate context to better understand
how to manage your affairs, please reach out to us today.

What Our Clients Say

  • Glenn
    100% satisfied! Steven represented me for a child custody case and he was very professional and very educated! Not only did he do his job, but it was also obvious that he truly cares about the law and your rights as a parent. Child custody cases are very...
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  • Brian
    Mr. O’Connor was very knowledgeable and professional in handling my case, and I would recommend him to anyone needing legal advice in the future.
  • Lauren Butler
    I have known and worked with Courtney for years. In all my experiences with her, she has never been anything but professional, kind, and intelligent. She's always the most prepared and well-researched person in the room and is therefore generally one...
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  • Yana Welton
    It was a pleasure to work with Steven and Courtney! They are an excellent example of a group of qualified professionals!
  • Julie
    Courtney helped me out immensely. I hired her to write a lease, and I got so much more. She advised me in areas that I didn't understand, was extremely thorough and patient. She went above and beyond what was asked of her. I trust her and am extremely...
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  • Bridget Bose
    Courtney Edwards was a pleasure to work with. In fact, everyone in the company was so helpful in helping my parents prepare their wills. It can be a dark topic but they were professional and kind.
  • Melody
    Steven handled a Guardianship case for me, I needed to get custody of my grandsons due to an issue with their parents. He was professional, determined and knew what was needed to win this case. I can't thank him enough for what he did, my grandsons are...
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  • Kyle
    Steven was very thorough, made important suggestions and promptly answered any questions I had while preparing my will. Highly recommend.

Get in Touch with Our High Country Law Firm Today!

If you have legal issues or questions, call us today. Our attorneys provide consultations to inform you about the law and will explain what we can do for you, if you decide you need an attorney to assist with your case.
970-668-1678

Summit County Office

975 North Ten Mile Drive
Frisco, CO 80443

Eagle County Office

56 Edwards Village Blvd. Unit 121, Suite 1
Edwards, CO 81632