Colorado Small Estate Affidavit | Form JDF 999SC


The Colorado Small Estate Affidavit, officially referred to as Form JDF 999, “Collection of Personal Property by Affidavit,” gives a party known as the “successor” the authority to receive personal property that was originally owned by a deceased individual (hereafter referred to as the “decedent”). The form can only be used in situations where the individual that died had a total estate value (assets minus liabilities) of $69,000 (so long the person died after 2019). The form cannot be used for the purpose of transferring real estate. Before proceeding, an individual should ensure they familiarize themselves with the particular procedures state law mandates for this process, as specified in the section below.

Laws: § 15-12-1201


Maximum Estate Value: $69,000 if the decedent died in 2019; $66,000 if the decedent died in 2018 or 2017; $64,000 if the decedent died in 2016, 2015, or 2014.

Required Conditions: There are only three (3) requirements mandated by the state of Colorado, which are:

  1. At least ten (10) days have passed since the death of the decedent.
  2. The maximum value of the estate (as determined by the year of the decedent’s death) is not exceeded.
  3. No personal representative has or will be appointed.

It is also important to note that as the affidavit is only designed for the purpose of collecting personal property, it is prohibited to use it for the transfer of real estate.

Additional Considerations

It is vital to note that the maximum estate value in Colorado changes every one to three (1-3) years based on a cost of living adjustment (COLA). The calculation the Successor must refer to is dependent on the year of death of the decedent. Many online resources incorrectly state that the maximum estate value is $66,000, but in fact, this amount only represents the amount prescribed if the decedent died in either 2018 or 2017; state law mandated that the maximum estate value be changed to $68,000 for a decedent whose year of death was 2019.

Instructions for Completing Affidavit: Form R9-19 (“Instructions for Completing Affidavit for the Collection of Personal Property of a Decedent”)