Colorado Probate Form JDF 926 SC

Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator

Everything you need to know about Colorado Form JDF 926 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 Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator

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.

Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator 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:

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CO Form JDF 926 SC, which may also referred to as Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator, is a probate form in Colorado. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Atticus Fast Facts About Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator:

  • This form pertains to the State of Colorado

  • The current version of this form was last revised on July 1, 2021

  • The official Colorado source for this form is here.

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 ’s Form JDF 926 SC - Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form JDF 926 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 926 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 926 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 926 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 Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator 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 Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator 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 926 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 926 SC, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form JDF 926 SC Online

Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator 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 926 SC - Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator 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.

Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator 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.

View Form JDF 926 SC

CO Form JDF 926 SC, which may also referred to as Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator, is a probate form in Colorado. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Did you know?

  • Form JDF 926 SC - Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator 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 Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator

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
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The Exact Text on Form JDF 926 SC

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Colorado Form JDF 926 SC - Petition For Formal Appointment Of Special Administrator. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

JDF 926SC R7/21 PETITION FOR FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR PURSUANT TO § 15-12-614, C.R.S. Page 1 of 5 qDistrict Court qDenver 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 PETITION FOR FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR PURSUANT TO § 15-12-614, C.R.S. The petitioner, an interested person pursuant to § 15-10-201(27), C.R.S., makes the following statements: 1. Information about the petitioner: Name: Relationship to Decedent Street Address: City: ______________________ State: _________________ Zip Code: ____________________ Mailing Address, if different: City: State: Zip Code: Primary Phone: ___________________________ Alternate Phone: _________________________ Email Address: 2. The decedent, _______________, died on (date) at the age of years. The decedent was domiciled or resided in the City of County of , State of . 3. Venue for this proceeding is proper in this county because the decedent: qhad his or her domicile or residence in this county on the date of death. qdid not have his or her domicile or residence in Colorado, but had property located in this county on the date of death. 4. This petition is filed within the time period permitted by law. Three years or less have passed since the decedent’s death, or circumstances described in § 15-12-108, C.R.S. authorize tardy probate or appointment. 5. The petitioner: qhas not received a Demand for Notice of Filings or Orders and is unaware of any Demand for Notice of Filings or Orders concerning Decedent. qhas received or is aware of a Demand for Notice of Filings or Orders concerning Decedent. See attached Demand for Notice of Filings or Orders or explanation. JDF 926SC R7/21 PETITION FOR FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR PURSUANT TO § 15-12-614, C.R.S. Page 2 of 5 6. qNo court has appointed a personal representative and no such appointment proceeding is pending in this state or elsewhere. qA court has appointed a personal representative or an appointment proceeding is pending in the State of . (Attach a statement explaining the circumstances and indicating the name and address of the personal representative. Attach a certified copy of the appointing document if the appointment has been finalized.) 7. q Except as may be disclosed in an attached explanation and after the exercise of reasonable diligence, the petitioner is unaware of any instrument revoking the will and is unaware of any prior wills relating to property in Colorado that have not been expressly revoked by a later instrument. or q The date of the decedent’s last will is . The dates of all codicils are . The will and any codicils collectively are referred to as “the will.” The petitioner believes that it is the decedent’s last will and that it was validly executed. 8. qThe original will: qwas deposited with this court before the decedent’s death (§ 15-11-515, C.R.S.) qhas been delivered to this court since the decedent’s death (§ 15-11-516, C.R.S.) qis filed with this petition. qAn e-filed copy of the will is filed with this petition. qThe original will be delivered to the court forthwith. qThe will is an electronic will executed in compliance with § 15-11-1305, C.R.S. and an e-filed copy of the will is filed with this petition. qThe will is an electronic will executed in compliance with § 15-11-1305, C.R.S. and a certified paper copy of the will pursuant to § 15-11-1309, C.R.S. is filed with this petition. qThe will has been probated in the State of . Authenticated copies of the will and of the statement probating it are filed with this petition. (§ 15-12-402, C.R.S.) 9. Decedent’s marital and family status: a) Did a spouse or partner in a civil union survive the decedent? qYes qNo b) Did the decedent have a surviving parent? qYes qNo c) Did the decedent have surviving children or other descendants? qYes qNo d) Does the decedent’s surviving spouse or partner in a civil union have surviving descendants who are not descendants of the decedent? qYes qNo e) Are all of the decedent’s surviving descendants also descendants of the surviving spouse or partner in a civil union? qYes qNo f) Are any of the decedent’s children minors? qYes qNo 10. List names and addresses of decedent’s spouse, partner in a civil union, children, heirs and devisees. u If a guardian or conservator has been appointed for one of the persons listed below, also provide the name and address of the guardian or conservator. u If a minor child is listed, list the child’s parent(s), guardian or conservator. u If a spouse, partner in a civil union, or child has predeceased the decedent, include the date of death. Name Address or date of death Age, only if Minor Relationship (e.g. spouse, partner in a civil JDF 926SC R7/21 PETITION FOR FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR PURSUANT TO § 15-12-614, C.R.S. Page 3 of 5 union, child, brother, guardian for spouse, etc.) 11. Petitioner requests appointment of a special administrator to preserve the estate or to secure its proper administration for the following reasons: (§ 15-12-614(1)(b), C.R.S.) 12. qPetitioner is 21 years of age or older and nominates himself or herself to be appointed as special administrator. Or qPetitioner nominates the following person be appointed as special administrator. Name: The Nominee is 21 years of age or older. Street Address: City: ______________ State: ______________ Zip Code: ___________________________ Mailing Address, if different: City: State: Zip Code: Primary Phone: __________________________ Alternate Phone: __________________________ Email Address: 13. The nominee has priority for appointment because of: qstatutory priority (§§ 15-12-203, 15-12-615, and 15-12-621(9), C.R.S.) qreasons stated in the attached explanation qThe persons with prior or equal right to appointment are _____________________________(name). All persons with prior or equal right to appointment have executed a required renouncement that accompanies this application. qNo notice has been given because an emergency exists and appointment should be made immediately. 14. Petitioner states the following regarding the decedent’s estate. (§ 15-12-604, C.R.S.) Estimated value of real estate $ Estimated value of personal property $ Annual income expected from all sources $ TOTAL $ JDF 926SC R7/21 PETITION FOR FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR PURSUANT TO § 15-12-614, C.R.S. Page 4 of 5 15. The special administrator may receive compensation. qThe hourly rates to be charged, any amounts to be charged pursuant to a published fee schedule, including the rates and basis for charging fees for any extraordinary services, and any other bases upon which a fee charged to the estate will be calculated, are as stated below or in an attachment to this petition. * qThe basis of compensation has not yet been determined. * There is a continuing obligation to disclose any material changes to the basis for charging fees. (§ 15-10-602 C.R.S.) 16. The special administrator may compensate his, her or its counsel. qThe hourly rates to be charged, any amounts to be charged pursuant to a published fee schedule, including the rates and basis for charging fees for any extraordinary services, and any other bases upon which a fee charged to the estate will be calculated, are as stated below or in an attachment to this petition. * qThe basis of compensation has not yet been determined. * There is a continuing obligation to disclose any material changes to the basis for charging fees. (§ 15-10-602 C.R.S.) 17. qBond is not required by the will (if any) nor has any interested person demanded that bond be filed. qBond in the amount of $ has been demanded. After notice and hearing, the petitioner requests that the court formally appoint the nominee as special administrator to serve: qwithout bond. qwith bond in the amount of $ and that Letters of Special Administration be issued. q By checking this box, I am acknowledging I am filling in the blanks and not changing anything else on the form. q 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) JDF 926SC R7/21 PETITION FOR FORMAL APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR PURSUANT TO § 15-12-614, C.R.S. Page 5 of 5 _______________________, _________, _______________________, _________, (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 Petitioner) (Signature of Co-Petitioner, if any) ________________________________________ __________________ Attorney Signature, (if any) Date Note: • Please remember to add any AKA names in the caption, if applicable.

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