What is an Ancillary Estate?

An ancillary estate is opened when a second state recognizes a probate case from a first state and grants the personal representative authority to act in the second state without opening an entire probate case. 

Colorado Springs probate lawyerNot all states offer this option, but Colorado does. For example, let’s say a decedent lived in Oklahoma but also owned real property in Colorado.

If an estate was opened in Oklahoma, the personal representative could file documents in Colorado demonstrating their appointment in Oklahoma and requesting an ancillary estate be opened in Colorado. 

Upon review and approval, the Colorado court would issue a Certificate of Ancillary Filing, which the personal representative could use to sell or transfer the real property in Colorado. The process of an ancillary filing is much less time-consuming than filing a new probate case.

When assistance with your probate issue contact a Probate Lawyer Colorado Springs residents turn to. The Colorado Springs Probate attorneys at Baker Law Group have many years of experience serving their clients with their probate matters.

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