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Colorado Intestacy Laws
These are selections from the Colorado intestate succession statutes.  (Title 15: Probate, Trusts, and Fiduciaries)

 

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15-11-102. Share of spouse.
The various possible circumstances describing the decedent, his or her surviving spouse, and their surviving descendants, if any, are set forth in this section to be utilized in determining the intestate share of the decedent's surviving spouse. If more than one circumstance is applicable, the circumstance that produces the largest share for the surviving spouse shall be applied.
(1) If:
(a) No descendant or parent of the decedent survives the decedent, then the surviving spouse receives the entire intestate estate; or

(b) All of the decedent's surviving descendants are also descendants of the surviving spouse and there are no other descendants of the surviving spouse who survive the decedent, then the surviving spouse receives the entire intestate estate;
(2) If no descendant of the decedent survives the decedent, but a parent of the decedent survives the decedent, then the surviving spouse receives the first two hundred thousand dollars, plus three-fourths of any balance of the intestate estate;
(3) If all of the decedent's surviving descendants are also descendants of the surviving spouse, and the surviving spouse has one or more surviving descendants who are not descendants of the decedent, then the surviving spouse receives the first one hundred fifty thousand dollars, plus one-half of any balance of the intestate estate;
(4) If one or more of the decedent's surviving descendants are not descendants of the decedent's surviving spouse, and all of such surviving descendants who are children of the decedent are adults, then the surviving spouse receives the first one hundred thousand dollars, plus one-half of any balance of the intestate estate;
(5) If one or more of the decedent's surviving descendants are not descendants of the decedent's surviving spouse, and if one or more of such descendants who are children of the decedent are minors, then the surviving spouse receives one-half of the intestate estate.

15-11-103. Share of heirs other than surviving spouse.
Any part of the intestate estate not passing to the decedent's surviving spouse under section 15-11-102, or the entire intestate estate if there is no surviving spouse, passes in the following order to the individuals designated who survive the decedent:


(1) To the decedent's descendants per capita at each generation;


(2) If there is no surviving descendant, to the decedent's parents equally if both survive, or to the decedent's surviving parent;
 

(3) If there is no surviving descendant or surviving parent, to the surviving descendants of the decedent's parents or either of them per capita at each generation;
 

(4) If there is no surviving descendant, surviving parent, or surviving descendant of a parent, to the decedent's surviving grandparents, or any of them, in equal shares;



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  See Also: Which state's intestacy laws apply at death? and How are intestacy laws interpreted?
The Colorado intestate succession statutes may be found in full by selecting this link.  (Title 15: Probate, Trusts, and Fiduciaries)


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