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Colorado Small Estate Affidavit | Form JDF 999

A Colorado small estate affidavit is a legal document that can help someone collect property that formerly belonged to someone who died. The process allows successors or heirs to avoid a lengthy probate process. It is only available to estates below the maximum value established by state law.
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How to Notarize (4 steps)

1. Wait Ten Days

At least 10 days must pass before completing a Colorado small estate affidavit.

2. Ensure Eligibility

This will involve creating a list of all of the decedent’s personal property, assessing values, and ensuring that it falls below the state limit. Verify that there is not a pending appointment for a personal representative of the estate.
Check with the superior court in the county where the decedent resided, unless the decedent was a resident of Denver County, in which case this must be done with the Denver Probate Court.

3. Fill out Form JDF 999k

Complete Form JDF 999 and get it notarized. For assistance with filling out the form, click here. This form does not need to be filed with a court, but rather may be shown to those holding personal property that formerly belonged to the decedent.
The form endows the holder with a legal right to collect the property. In the event that the estate includes motor vehicles, these must be handled separately, by filing Form DR 2712 with the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles.

4. Distribute Assets

Form JDF 999 does not give the affiant, or the person who filled out the form, a legal right to the property. Instead, it allows the holder to collect property that belongs to successors or heirs of the decedent. If the decedent had a will, follow the instructions outlined in the will. If the decedent did not have a will, the Colorado rules of intestate succession determine how the decedent’s property will be distributed.