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Probate and Estates

What is Probate?

Probate is a legal process that occurs after someone dies, which involves the settlement of their estate. The purpose of probate is to transfer the assets of the deceased person to their heirs or beneficiaries according to their will, or according to the laws of the state if there is no will. In the context of selling property that is part of an estate, the property must go through the probate process before it can be sold. This is because the property is likely an asset of the deceased person's estate, and therefore the ownership of the property needs to be legally transferred to the heirs or beneficiaries before it can be sold. During the probate process, the executor of the estate (the person responsible for administering the estate according to the will or the state's laws) will identify all of the assets of the estate, including any real estate property. The property will be appraised and any outstanding debts or taxes related to the property will be paid off. Then, the executor will distribute the proceeds from the sale of the property to the beneficiaries or heirs of the estate.

How does the Probate process work?

When it comes to selling property as part of an estate, there are several steps that need to be taken. The executor of the estate will need to identify any property that the deceased person owned, including real estate. This includes determining if there are any mortgages or liens on the property that need to be paid off. The property will need to be appraised to determine its value. Any outstanding debts or taxes related to the property will need to be paid off before the property can be sold. This includes paying off any mortgages, liens, or property taxes. In Colorado, the executor will need to obtain court approval before selling the property. This involves filing a petition with the probate court and obtaining a court order to sell the property. Once all of these necessary steps have been taken, the property can be listed for sale or the Contract in place can finally be consummated. Once the property is sold, the proceeds will be distributed to the heirs or beneficiaries of the estate. 


Who can help me through Probate?

It's important to note that the probate process can be complex and time-consuming, especially if the estate is large or there are multiple heirs or beneficiaries. In some cases, it may be beneficial to work with an attorney or our experienced team at Meridian Title & Escrow to help navigate the process. Additionally, there may be tax implications to consider when selling property as part of an estate, so it's important to consult with a tax professional as well.

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