Chayet & Danzo, LLC

Call for a Free Initial Consultation

Direct 303-872-5980
Toll-Free 888-472-1088
Email Us

COVID-19 NOTICE:

After careful review of the COVID-19 environment, the law firm of Chayet & Danzo, LLC, will be conducting in-person appointments in our offices on a limited basis and with strict social distancing protocols.

During this time, our team will continue to diligently work remotely on all client matters and will maintain communication through email, telephone, and video conferencing. Our main office number, (303) 355-8500 will continue to be answered during our normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.

This decision to have limited appointments in-office while following strict social distancing protocols is in the best interest and health of our team, clients and community.

We will continue accepting new clients during this period as well as fully servicing our existing clients.

We wish you and your family continued health during these unique and challenging times.

Compassion, talent and dedication:
guiding colorado families and Their Trusted Advisors During Times of Need

Contesting wills and trusts in Colorado

| Dec 30, 2014 | Estate Administration & Probate |

Colorado individuals who are contemplating planning the disposition of their estates may feel that putting together a will or a trust is sufficient, but it may also be important to take steps to ensure it is less likely that those documents can be contested. Wills and trusts cannot be contested by just anyone. Only certain people may challenge the validity of these documents, and they can only do so under certain circumstances.

There are only two sets of people who can legally bring trust or will contests. These are individuals who would under state law be heirs if there were no will and beneficiaries who were named in previous wills or trusts who are not now named or whose portion of the estate is reduced in the new document.

Even among these individuals, there is a limit to the legitimate reasons for contesting a will or trust. A will or trust can be contested if the individual who made it lacked the capacity to do so or was unduly influenced by another. It may also be challenged if the signature on the document is invalid. Finally, if some sort of fraud took place, such as the individual thinking they were signing a different document, there may be a contest.

Individuals who are considering these documents may wish to take two steps that may reduce the likelihood of a challenge. One is working with an attorney who may be able offer guidance to ensure that the documents are correct. The other is regular communication with loved ones. Those who make their intentions known to their families and who discuss any changes that need to be made and the reasons for those changes may be less likely to have doubt cast on those intentions after their death.

Source: Wealth Management, “Will and Trust Contests 101“, December 28, 2014

Archives

Co-Counsel Services for
settling of Personal Injury and Divorce Cases

Read More

Important intake forms

Prepare for your Meeting

Our Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

Read Weekly Updates

Join our mailing list

Sign up here

FindLaw Network