Estate & Trust Administration

When someone passes, administering a trust or an estate can be an overwhelming and significant responsibility. Here at Illumine Legal LLC, we thoughtfully advise our clients on various legal matters that accompany a person’s passing and strive to make the experience easier. We strategically find the most economical and efficient process to meet the needs of the family while preserving the assets of the trust or estate. We do this by reviewing executed wills or living trusts, assist with opening a probate, administering the matter in the accurate jurisdiction according to the law, and mindfully advise on the management of the assets and day-to-day tasks of the administration.

Administration of a trust or an estate can easily become complicated and challenging. There are a range of complex issues to consider during the administration, including the management of real estate, gift, estate, and income tax issues, interests in business entities, or the preservation of pre-death lawsuits.

Our team has decades of combined experience assisting clients through estate and trust administrations. We have handled matters ranging from simple small estates and uncontested probate proceedings to highly contested trust or estate proceedings involving litigation and large, complicated estates of the wealthiest decedents in the nation. No matter the size or where your proceeding is in the probate process, we can assist you in moving your case to completion.

What’s a Testamentary Trust?

A testamentary trust is a provision in a will that appoints a trustee that will manage the assets of the dead. If you need one in Denver, our estate tax lawyers are highly adept at reducing estate tax liabilities, helping you keep as much as you can. A testamentary trust must be passed along in the will, and it will need to go through the entire probate process in Denver.

Premier Probate Attorney Serving Denver

After a person dies in Denver, a probate attorney should be hired to handle the estate administration. Illumine Legal LLC does this by reviewing executed wills or living trusts, assisting with opening a probate in the accurate jurisdiction, and ensuring the entire probate process runs smoothly and according to the letter of the law. When a person passes in Denver or Colorado, we can advise on various legal matters that go along with it.

Honoring the Last Will and Testament in Denver

A last will and testament is a legal document outlining the deceased’s final wishes when it comes to assets and dependents. At Illumine Legal LLC, our will and trust lawyers walk you through each step of the process. If you wish to set up a will in Denver, so your loved ones aren’t confused after your passing, we can do that as well.

Looking for an Estate Planning Attorney in Denver?

An estate planning attorney works with the living clients on how to administer their assets and estate. Similar to a will and trust lawyer, these lawyers help our Denver clients prepare trusts, wills, and other relevant documents to ensure a smooth transition of assets.

Our Estate Planning Attorneys

Primary Contact

W. Douglas Hoak

Additional Contacts

Jennifer Clouse

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The Skilled Legal Representation You Need in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New York

Taking on the legal system without adequate counsel can be intimidating. Fortunately, Illumine Legal LLC ensures that Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New York clients have the legal consultation services they need to navigate complex legal issues and processes.  From protecting your wealth and assets to navigating an estate administration or creating a limited liability company, we have an incredible legal team ready to find the right resolution for you.  Contact us today for more information about specific legal services or to learn how we can assist you with your legal issue.