2022 Colorado Code
Title 15 - Probate, Trusts, and Fiduciaries
Article 11 - Intestate Succession and Wills
Part 2 - Elective-Share of Surviving Spouse
§ 15-11-214. Protection of Payers and Other Third Parties

Universal Citation: CO Code § 15-11-214 (2022)
  1. Although under this part 2, a payment, item of property, or other benefit is included in the decedent's nonprobate transfers to others, a payer or other third party is not liable for having made a payment or transferred an item of property or other benefit to a beneficiary designated in a governing instrument or for having taken any other action in good-faith reliance on the validity of a governing instrument, upon request and satisfactory proof of the decedent's death, before the payer or other third party received written notice from the surviving spouse or the spouse's representative of an intention to file a petition for the elective-share or that a petition for the elective-share has been filed. A payer or other third party is liable for payments made or other actions taken after the payer or other third party received written notice of an intention to file a petition for the elective-share or that a petition for the elective-share has been filed. Any form or service of notice other than that described in subsection (2) of this section is not sufficient to impose liability on a payer or other third party for actions taken pursuant to the governing instrument.
  2. A written notice of intention to file a petition for the elective-share or that a petition for the elective-share has been filed must be mailed to the payer's or other third party's main office or home by registered or certified mail with return receipt requested or served upon the payer or other third party in the same manner as a summons in a civil action. Notice to a sales representative of the payer or other third party does not constitute notice to the payer or other third party.
  3. Upon receipt of a written notice of intention to file a petition for the elective-share or that a petition for the elective-share has been filed, a payer or other third party may pay any amount owed or transfer to or deposit any item of property held by it to or with the court having jurisdiction of the probate proceedings relating to the decedent's estate or, if no proceedings have been commenced, to or with the court having jurisdiction of probate proceedings relating to decedents' estates located in the county of the decedent's residence. The availability of such actions under this section does not prevent the payer or other third party from taking any other action authorized by law or the governing instrument. The court is the court having jurisdiction of the probate proceedings relating to the decedent's estate or, if no proceedings have been commenced, the court having jurisdiction of probate proceedings relating to decedents' estates located in the county of the decedent's residence. If no probate proceedings have been commenced, the payer or other third party shall file with the court a copy of the written notice received by the payer or other third party, with the payment of funds or transfer or deposit of property. The court shall not charge a filing fee to the payer or other third party for the payment to the court of amounts owed or transfer to or deposit with the court of any item of property even if no probate proceedings have been commenced before such payment, transfer, or deposit. Payment of amounts to the court or transfer to or deposit with the court of any item of property pursuant to this section by the payer or other third party discharges the payer or other third party from all claims under the governing instrument or applicable law for the value of amounts paid to the court or items of property transferred to or deposited with the court.
  4. The court shall hold the funds or item of property and, upon its determination under section 15-11-211 (5), shall order disbursement in accordance with the determination. If no petition is filed in the court within the specified time under section 15-11-211 (1), or, if filed, the demand for an elective-share is withdrawn under section 15-11-211 (4), the court shall order disbursement to the designated beneficiary. A filing fee, if any, may be charged upon disbursement either to the recipient or against the funds or property on deposit with the court in the discretion of the court. Payments or transfers to the court or deposits made into the court discharge the payer or other third party from all claims for amounts so paid or the value of property so transferred or deposited.
  5. Upon petition to the court by the beneficiary designated in a governing instrument, the court may order that all or part of the property be paid to the beneficiary in an amount and subject to conditions consistent with this section.

Source: L. 2014: Entire part R&RE, (HB 14-1322), ch. 296, p. 1232, § 2, effective August 6.

Editor's note: This section is similar to former § 15-11-208 as it existed prior to 2014.

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