A will is like a special message left behind by a loved one, outlining their desires for the distribution of their assets.
As an experienced Greenwood Village probate attorney, I understand that deciphering one can be an emotionally charged and complex process for you, especially during a time of grief, leaving you unprepared, confused, and wondering where to start.
This is where I, Attorney Brian Boney, step in.
How I Can Help
Understanding Legal Jargon
Wills often contain legal terminology, and I understand that some words in it may seem like a foreign language to you. As your probate lawyer, I will break down these terms into plain English to help you fully grasp what's written, what it means for you, and how it impacts the distribution of the assets.
Ensuring Fair Distribution
I meticulously review every detail, cross-referencing it with all our relevant state laws to guarantee that everything is clearly above board. My goal here is to honor your dear one's final requests fairly and per Colorado law.
Aside from reading and interpreting its contents, there are some necessary documents to be filed, deadlines to meet, and legal procedures to follow. Whether it's filing with our local probate court or notifying all creditors and beneficiaries, I'm here to ensure that each requirement is met efficiently and on time.
In these tough situations, disputes among family members or beneficiaries can't sometimes be avoided–which is understandable, yet they can strain family relationships and even complicate the process.
As your Greenwood Village probate lawyer, I bring my skills as a mediator to the table, helping to resolve these disagreements in a manner that respects your deceased's wishes and at the same time maintains family harmony. Remember, our aim here is to honor the final wishes of your loved one, not to create any further discord.
Decoding Wills with Boney Law Firm
Validating the Will
I meticulously examine every detail of the document, checking for signatures, witnesses, and other essential elements to establish its authenticity and make sure it meets all legal requirements set by Colorado law. A very important process indeed that I take very seriously.
These could include everything from real estate properties and vehicles down to bank accounts, investments, and personal belongings. This is challenging, yes, but I'll ensure each of these is accounted for and valued correctly.
Paying Debts and Taxes
Before we can distribute anything, we first need to settle any outstanding debts or taxes the deceased may have left behind, like paying off their mortgages, their credit card debts, or any medical bills, as well as settling any estate taxes due. I will assist you in identifying these obligations and ensuring they are paid from the estate in both a timely and legally compliant manner.
This involves executing all the instructions laid out in the will, ensuring that each beneficiary receives what is intended for them. A somehow bittersweet moment, as it marks our final step in honoring your loved one's last wishes.
You don't have to do this alone. Boney Law Firm is here for you providing compassionate and efficient legal services to help ease your burden during this difficult time.
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