Wills in Colorado | Boulder Wills and Trusts Lawyer
Wills continue to be the most reliable and effective tools in many lawyers’ toolboxes for effectuating the wishes of testators. They are the most well known estate planning device and are often asked for by prospective clients who seek a “simple will.” The fact of the matter is that there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to wills. Essentially everyone who seeks only a “simple will” actually needs a will and/or trust customized to their particular circumstances, as well as a number of other documents to complete their estate plan.
Wills and codicils (amendments to wills) must drafted carefully and in order to be effective, must be executed according to specific statutory rules. If changes are made to a will after it has been executed and those changes were not executed in accordance with the governing statutory requirements, the will could be viewed as void by a probate court.
If a will was not properly executed or if a will does not properly dispose of all of a decedent’s property, the laws of intestacy may come into play. The law of intestate succession is the law that governs how property is disposed of when not transferred by operation of law, through a will, or through a trust. The state government has done its best to come up with fall back rules that it believes most people would want to control, but since one size never fits all in estate planning no one should rely on the laws of intestacy to distribute their estate in an equitable manner.
If you are looking for an Estate Planning Attorney in Boulder with a results oriented approach tailored to your matter’s specific needs, contact Newell Law. We have the experience and knowledge to achieve the best results possible for your case.