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The benefits of a trust

There are several factors that an individual may need to consider prior to creating a trust in Colorado. An important question to ask is whether a trust is necessary to protect the assets within the estate. Generally, those who have more than $100,000 in assets should consider using a trust. Trusts are also good for those who want to protect a family business or want to provide for a disabled family member.

Understanding estate taxes

Colorado residents may benefit from learning more about the facts concerning estate taxes. The federal government taxes all gifts, generation-skipping transfers and estate taxes. Gifts that exceed specific limits may be taxable during someone's lifetime or after their death. Transfers made during the lifetime are taxed when they exceed the exemption limits for taxable gifts. Transfers that exceed exemption limits after death may be subject to estate taxes.

Roles of conservators and guardians in Colorado

There are situations when a person in Colorado may need to become a guardian or conservator for someone else. While many people do apply for one of these roles in order to take care of a child, an adult may need help when unable to manage affairs or properly absorb and consider information.

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