Small family-owned businesses, farms and ranches are what give Colorado character. They are a source of jobs for local people, give back to their communities and often pay the taxes that keep schools and public service funded.
After a debilitating stroke, the adult children of an 80-year-old woman gathered at the hospital. The doctors wanted to insert a feeding tube. What were their mother’s wishes? The decision was agonizing and emotions were running high.
At some point an aging relative may need more care. Often stubborn elders who have lived on their own for years can hide problems for awhile. It might be a neighbor who reports concerns or loss of money through a tax scam that really brings home the situation.
Some people may assume that, despite living a life congruent to their values and deeply felt religious beliefs, that their estate plan (being a legal document) cannot incorporate their ethical and moral considerations. Thankfully, that isn't the case. There are ways in which you can protect your assets and yourself through estate planning while still remaining true to your religion's tenets.
The answer is a qualified yes. This comes after a change in Colorado law that has not received wide news coverage.