The Colorado small estate affidavit, or ‘Collection of Personal Property by Affidavit’, can be used by a successor to a person who died (a decedent) who owned less than $64,000 at the time of decedent’s death. It is useful, because it helps a person trying to settle a small estate avoid a long probate process. The form cannot be used to collect property until at least ten days have passed since the date of decedent’s death. Once it is properly filled out and signed by the successor in interest, a person holding the property of the decedent must surrender it to the person with the affidavit or face penalties.
Instructions – Form JDF 998
Maximum – $66,000
Laws – C.R.S. 15-12-1201
For a Motor Vehicle (Only) – Use Form DR 2712
How to Write
You can follow the State Instructions or read the step-by-step guide below:
Step 1 – At the top of the document, fill in the applicable county (county in which decedent resided at time of death)
Step 2 – In Section 2, write in the name of the decedent.
Step 3 – In Section 6, write in the name of each successor, the description of the property and the value of interest in the property.
Step 4 – In Section 7, write in the name of the persons collecting on behalf of the successors, description of property and value of interest in the property.
Step 5 – Sign and date in front of a notary public licensed in Colorado.