Colorado Probate Form JDF 941 SC

Decedent's Estate Inventory

Everything you need to know about Colorado Form JDF 941 SC, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related CO probate forms.

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About Decedent's Estate Inventory

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Decedent's Estate Inventory is a commonly used form within Colorado. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

Atticus Fast Facts About Decedent's Estate Inventory

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Decedent's Estate Inventory:

  • This form pertains to the State of Colorado

  • The current version of this form was last revised on June 1, 2019

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about Colorado’s Form JDF 941 SC - Decedent's Estate Inventory up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form JDF 941 SC

Step 1 - Download the correct Colorado form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Colorado probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form JDF 941 SC, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in CO are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form JDF 941 SC online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form JDF 941 SC witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Decedent's Estate Inventory to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Decedent's Estate Inventory is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Colorado.

5 reasons you should submit JDF 941 SC as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Colorado can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Colorado. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of Colorado is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Colorado probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Colorado probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form JDF 941 SC, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form JDF 941 SC Online

Decedent's Estate Inventory is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Colorado probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Colorado.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form JDF 941 SC - Decedent's Estate Inventory f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Colorado probate court office.

Decedent's Estate Inventory is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Colorado-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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Did you know?

  • Form JDF 941 SC - Decedent's Estate Inventory is a probate form in Colorado.

  • Colorado has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Colorado.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in Colorado, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Decedent's Estate Inventory

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding

The Exact Text on Form JDF 941 SC

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Colorado Form JDF 941 SC - Decedent's Estate Inventory. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

JDF 941SC R6/19 DECEDENT’S ESTATE INVENTORY Page 1 of 4 ❑District Court ❑Denver Probate Court ___________________ County, Colorado Court Address: In the Matter of the Estate of: Deceased COURT USE ONLY Attorney or Party Without Attorney (Name and Address): Phone Number: E-mail: FAX Number: Atty. Reg. #: Case Number: Division Courtroom DECEDENT’S ESTATE INVENTORY Within 3months after appointment, a personal representative must prepare an inventory of property owned by the decedent that is subject to disposition by will or intestate succession. The inventory must list the property with reasonable detail, indicate the decedent’s interest in the property, and include the fair market value as of the decedent’s date of death. The type and amount of any liens and encumbrances on the property must also be listed. If additional property is discovered after the initial inventory has been completed, a supplemental inventory listing the newly discovered property must be completed. If additional space is needed, separate sheets may be used. The inventory must be sent to interested persons who request it or it may be filed with the court. INVENTORY SUMMARY Schedule Asset Category Value 1 Real Estate 2 Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Securities, and Investment Accounts 3 Mortgage, Notes, Cash, and bank checking, savings, certificates of deposit and health savings accounts 4 Life Insurance 5 Pensions, Profit Sharing Plans, Annuities, and Retirement Funds 6 Motor and Recreation Vehicles 7 Other Assets Total Gross Value 8 Liens and Encumbrances on Inventoried Assets Total Net Value (Total Gross Value minus Liens and Encumbrances) JDF 941SC R6/19 DECEDENT’S ESTATE INVENTORY Page 2 of 4 Schedule 1 – Real Estate (State name in which title is held and list complete addresses.) ❑None Type of Property (Home, Rental, Land, etc.) Estimated Value (what you could sell it for in its current condition) $ Total (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ Schedule 2 – Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Securities and Investment Accounts (State name in which title is held.) ❑None Number of Shares or Account Number (last 4-digits only) Value $ Total (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ Schedule 3 – Mortgage, Notes, Cash, and Bank Checking, Savings, Certificates of Deposit and Health Savings Accounts (State name in which title is held.) ❑None Type of Account Account Number (last 4- digits only) Balance $ Total (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ Schedule 4 – Life Insurance (Include only those items payable to the estate.) ❑None Policy # (last 4 digits) Net Proceeds Paid or Payable to Estate Total (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ JDF 941SC R6/19 DECEDENT’S ESTATE INVENTORY Page 3 of 4 Schedule 5 – Pensions, Profit Sharing Plans, Annuities and Retirement Funds (Include only those items payable to the estate.) ❑None Type of Plan (401(k), IRA, 457, PERA, Military, etc.) Account # (last 4-digits only, if applicable) Value $ Total (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ Schedule 6 – Motor and Recreation Vehicles (Including motorcycles, ATV’s, boats, etc.) (State name in which title is held.) ❑None Year Make and Model Estimated Value (what you could sell it for in its current condition) $ Total (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ Schedule 7 – Other Assets (If titled, stated name in which title is held) ❑None Estimated Value (what you could sell it for in its current condition) $ Total (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ Total Assets (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ Liens and Encumbrances on Inventoried Assets If any asset listed in this Inventory has a secured associated debt, such as a mortgage or a car loan, indicate below. Schedule 8 – Description of Liability/Debt Name of Financial Institution Account Number (last 4- digits only) Balance Mortgages $ Mortgages Motor Vehicle Loans Other Secured Debt Other Secured Debt Total Encumbrances on Inventoried Assets (also enter this total on the Inventory Summary on page 1) $ JDF 941SC R6/19 DECEDENT’S ESTATE INVENTORY Page 4 of 4 ❑By checking this box, I am acknowledging I am filling in the blanks and not changing anything else on the form. ❑By checking this box, I am acknowledging that I have made a change to the original content of this form. VERIFICATION I declare under penalty of perjury under the law of Colorado that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on the ______ day of Executed on the ______ day of (date) (date) _______________________, _________, _______________________, _________, (month) (year) (month) (year) at ______________________________________ at ______________________________________ (city or other location, and state OR country) (city or other location, and state OR country) _______________________________ _______________________________ (printed name) (printed name) _______________________________ _______________________________ (Signature of Personal Representative) (Signature of Co-Personal Representative, if any) ________________________________________ __________________ Attorney Signature, (if any) Date CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that on ___________________ (date), a copy of this _______________ (name of document) was served as follows on each of the following: Name and Address Relationship to Decedent, Ward, or Protected Person Manner of Service* *Insert one of the following: hand delivery, first-class mail, certified mail, e-service, or fax. ___________________________________________ Signature

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