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After careful review of the orders of Governor Polis and the Order of March 25, 2020 by the Tri-County Health Department, which has authority over Arapahoe County, the law firm of Chayet & Danzo, LLC, will not be conducting in-person appointments in our offices until April 20, 2020, or until such date as the restrictions of the Governor and Tri-County Order are lifted.

During this time, our team will continue to diligently work remotely on all client matters and will maintain communication through email, telephone, and video conferencing. Our main office number, (303) 355-8500 will continue to be answered during our normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. We will also respond to e-mails as soon as we can.

This decision is not only required by the orders of our public officials, but is in the best interest and health of our team, clients, and community.

We will be accepting new clients during this period as well as fully servicing our existing clients.

We wish you and your family continued health during these unique and challenging times.

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How to support aging loved ones experiencing depression

Age does not shield someone from mental illness. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five adults over the age of 55 experiences a mental health condition. While this can include an array of different ailments, one of the most prevalent issues is depression.

Unfortunately, most seniors are not getting the help they could use.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Since 1987, when President Ronald Reagan designated the month Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, March has been a time to spotlight people across America with intellectual disabilities. President Reagan said that we should join together to give these fellow citizens “both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

Many organizations across the country and in Colorado that advocate for or serve people with developmental disabilities promote this worthy goal during March (and all year). For example, Speaking for Ourselves – Colorado, a self-advocacy organization for persons with disabilities, posted that their message during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is that they “feel truly invisible and want to be truly seen and heard like everyone else.”

What is a Medicare Set-Aside Account?

Anyone that has been involved in a personal injury or workers’ compensation settlement may have heard the term “Medicare Set-Aside Account.” These accounts, often referred to as MSAs, are one of the many seemingly arcane practices associated with Medicare. They are also important.

The need for an MSA can have a significant impact on your long-term financial plans. What should you know? Here’s a brief overview.

Caring for vulnerable Coloradans during the new coronavirus pandemic

At the time of this writing, COVID-19 is just taking off in the United States. Of particular concern to all of us is the safety of our elders and people with disabilities, who are likely more susceptible to developing more serious symptoms from the new virus.

Aging while at home and the need to plan ahead

Most older Americans do not want to leave their homes. A national survey by the AARP found 75% of people age 50 and above want to age in place – meaning remain in their house and a part of their community throughout their golden years. It makes sense. The home is comfortable and familiar, offering real privacy.

But aging in place does not come without hurdles, and often requires help from family members or caregivers. If a parent tells you they want to remain in their home, here are some of the potential complicating factors you will need to consider.

Researchers link air pollution and memory problems in new study

That the Trump administration has gutted federal environmental protections – such as by declining to enforce the Clean Air Act – is well known and widely reported in the media. Between 2016 and 2018, fine particulate pollution went up 5.5% – the equivalent of causing 9,700 premature deaths in 2018 alone, according to Rolling Stone, citing a recent National Bureau of Economic Research study.

Can cognitive screening help in the fight against dementia?

Cognitive decline among older U.S. adults is increasingly a concern. According to the CDC, about 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. That number is expected to balloon, and quickly. The agency predicts that by 2060, the number of these cases could reach about 14 million.

Could early cognitive screening help individuals and loved ones deal with this growing problem? One influential group of experts recently weighed in.

Investment in home enhancement can help some with autism

Many of our clients have legal responsibility for the financial circumstances of adults with intellectual disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other medical conditions causing developmental disabilities or mental incapacity. These clients may wear the hats of parents, conservators, or representative payees for recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

4 things to know about charitable remainder trusts

As we get older, our love for certain causes or philanthropic groups often grows. It’s possible to turn this passion into a key piece of your estate plan, ensuring you leave a lasting impact in a space you care about. There are even ways to do this that can provide other benefits for yourself and loved ones.

One tool people are often curious about is the charitable remainder trust (CRT). Here are four things you should know about this charitable planning tool.

When is password sharing a good thing? During estate planning.

Managing finances has become a predominantly digital endeavor. We access our bank accounts through apps, check retirement accounts online, handle bills through autopay systems, save important records on hard drives and use third-party programs to move funds around.

This reality makes it all the more important to set up a long-term plan for a loved one’s digital assets.

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