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What Is Colorado Probate?

Probate is a legal proceeding in which a deceased person’s affairs are administered.  In probate, a court-appointed personal representative may do tasks like gathering and distributing the decedent’s assets, paying debts, and filing taxes.

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Common Law Marriage In The Context of Probate

Does Common Law Marriage Exist in Colorado? Yes.  Common law marriage has existed for centuries but is currently only recognized in Colorado and six other states.  The 2021 Colorado Supreme Court case In re Marriage of Hogsett & Neale defined modern common law marriage as when: (1) a couple agrees to be married, and (2) afterward demonstrates conduct manifesting such agreement.

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