Protect Your Inheritance from an Unlawful Common Law Spouse

Since common law marriage is recognized in Colorado, it is important to take proper precautions.

Estate Planning Attorney James McQuade briefly explains how you can protect your inheritance from an unlawful common law spouse.

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Hi, my name is James McQuade, and I am the team lead of the estate planning and probate department here at Robertson & Henry. And what I want to talk to you today is briefly about probate and the issue of common law spouse claims in an intestate estate or an estate without a will. Colorado is one of the few states that recognizes common law marriage. And the issue, what happens to the lawful heir sometimes is a boyfriend or girlfriend or even a roommate can make a common law spouse claim into an intestate probate when there is no will. So it’s important for the lawful heirs of a decedent to file for probate in order to protect their rights against any unlawful common law spouse claims.

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