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Probate – When Someone Dies #1

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

“Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult. We hope this information will help you focus on what you need to do and what you may wish to delegate to friends and family. This brochure will provide you with some basic information on what you may need to know in the first few days following a death. You should establish an early relationship with your attorney to assure that all matters are properly addressed. Seeking your attorney’s advice before you act may avoid more costly legal services later.

At Time of Death
Pronouncement of Death: Colorado requires a qualified medical professional to be notified and to make the official pronouncement of death. Call the Coroner: If the death occurs at home you must call the Coroner’s Office for the county where death occurs, or dial 911 if you want the support of emergency personnel. The paramedics will attempt resuscitation. If you are using hospice, they will help you.

Notify Family and Friends: Ask them to help you with some tasks, including notification of other family and friends. (The Red Cross will help notify family members if the deceased was in the military or if the relative to be notified is in the military.)

Arrangements for the Deceased Person’s Body: Arrange for the body to be picked up:
• according to the Coroner’s instructions
• according to the instructions from a hospital if the body or organs are donated
• by the mortuary chosen for the funeral (Note: Federal law requires price information to be
given over the phone, if requested.)
• by the crematory if you are going to cremate the body”

Our office has helped many grieving families and friends with the difficult matters that need to be handled after a loved ones death. We understand the pain of the loss can make these matters extremely stressful and we try to assist in a way that alleviates some of the pressure.

The above excerpt was from a pamphlet is published as a public service by the Colorado Bar Association. Its purpose is to inform citizens of their legal rights and obligations and to provide information regarding the legal profession and how it may best serve the community. Changes may have occurred in the law since the time of publication. Before relying on this information, consult an attorney about your individual case.