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Why every new parent needs a will

Welcoming your first child into the world is an exciting time. You and your spouse have waited nine long months to meet this special human being. Then those first few weeks after your baby arrives are a bit of blur, between feeding your newborn, changing diapers and trying to get some sleep.

One thing you may neglect to deal with, but you should, is creating a will after your child is born. Creating a will is an important part of becoming a parent because you want to have a plan in place if you were to pass away suddenly. You want to ensure your child will be cared for in a tragic situation.

When vulnerable, beloved Coloradans are victimized

Tragically, the vulnerability of people with intellectual disabilities or mental health diagnoses to physical and emotional abuse by people in authority has been in the media lately. Following the disturbing news of George Floyd, the spotlight is also being shone on those with disabilities in similar situations.

Ginsburg’s legacy for Coloradans with developmental disabilities

At our law firm, we support people with intellectual disabilities and other impairments and their families in a wide range of legal issues. We provide guidance and legal services to meet the immediate and future needs of those with disabilities and their loved ones. This process is called special needs planning or disability planning, which can address issues of abuse and neglect, estate planning, special needs trusts, money management and ABLE accounts, residential services, long-term care, guardianship and conservatorship, public benefits, insurance and others.

5 questions to ask yourself when reviewing your estate plan

An estate plan is not a one-and-done proposition. It should be treated as a living thing, one that must be tended to as the circumstances around it change. Many experts recommend reviewing an estate plan regularly, as well as after significant life events. This helps ensure your plan is still relevant and prevents complications that can negatively affect loved ones down the line.

When reviewing your estate plan, where should you start? Here are five questions to consider.

Can I be held responsible for my parent’s nursing home costs?

The concept of filial law dates back hundreds of years, most notably with the 1601 passage of the Elizabethan Poor Law. This is often cited as the first law to state adult children were legally obligated to provide financial support for their impoverished parents.

Echoes of that mandate persist today. Nearly 30 U.S. states have some sort of filial responsibility law, in which an adult child might be held responsible for an indigent parent’s nursing home costs. Where do things stand in Colorado?

Behaviors that can land a personal representative in hot water

The responsibilities of the personal representative of an estate are not ones you should take lightly. The role requires a commitment to process and detail, and strict adherence to Colorado probate laws. What happens if you neglect these duties?

You may find yourself facing allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, a potentially serious legal matter.

Colorado law, user agreements and your legacy of digital assets, part 2

In part 1 of this post, we talked about the importance of taking inventory of your digital assets and making long-term decisions about what you want to happen to each one, either before or after your death. We also discussed the kinds of digital assets that people have, some with monetary value, others with sentimental value and some with private content. Obviously, there are many personal considerations when you make decisions about this kind of property.

The changing landscape of estate planning for digital assets, part 1

In developing a comprehensive estate plan, one major issue is to see that your family members or the personal representative of your estate will be aware of the scope of your digital assets. Otherwise, they would not know where to look beyond the usual resources like photos on a mobile phone or a personal email account.

Budget crunch heightens importance of disability planning

For parents of adult children with special needs, long-term security is often an ongoing worry. You want to make sure your child receives the proper health care, assistance with daily life and financial support – not just right now, but for many years to come.

Special needs planning provides families clear solutions and peace of mind. An ongoing services shortage coupled with an abrupt budget crunch make proactive planning more vital than ever.

Federal bill would reimburse elderly victims of financial abuse

A bipartisan push is underway to add financial relief to elderly victims of scams related to the coronavirus pandemic to the next federal COVID-19 relief bill. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, along with almost all other state and territorial attorneys general, signed a letter under the sponsorship of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to congressional leadership urging them to add “Edith’s Bill” to the larger coronavirus relief legislation package when passed.

We recently described in this space current threats facing elders and other vulnerable people from criminals seeking to fraudulently obtain Medicare numbers and other personally identifiable information in a variety of scams related to COVID-19.

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