Probate is commonly referred to as the court process required for the handling of a person's estate after he or she has died. The term "probate" is also used more generally to describe the steps involved in handling all of a person's affairs after he or she has died, whether or not a court probate process is required.

Often, in Colorado, the court probate process is a rather small part of the picture involved in administering the estate of someone who has died. The probate process here is designed to be user-friendly and to often be handled informally by the court-appointed personal representative (executor), often with no further active court involvement. An attorney can help a personal representative file the appropriate probate papers and understand just what might be involved in the administration of an estate. Did the decedent leave a valid will? If so, who is named as the personal representative? And what distribution plan is included in the will? If the decedent did not leave a will, did he leave a spouse and/or children? Parents? Did the decedent own a home? Was it titled in only his name? If so, will the home be sold? Or will the property be conveyed to the decedent's beneficiaries, or was the house specifically addressed in the decedent's will? What other types of assets did the decedent have? Did he leave a personal property list? Are there any joint assets, allowing transfer to the surviving joint tenant without the need for a court probate proceeding? Denise often assists families in understanding just what might be required in handling the affairs of a person who has died, and will assist the personal representative or family members through those steps.