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June 2018 Archives

From TED Talk to Denver neighborhood: Before I die…

Recently, two large chalkboards were propped against the wall next to Purple Door Coffee in the Five Points neighborhood. The question posed was not typical coffee shop fare. Written across the top, the sentence started, “Before I die I want to….”

The 4 main steps of Colorado probate

This process is one that few people think about until they have to figure out how to deal with the estate of a loved one. For many this first-time involvement with the probate system illustrates the mess that can be left behind without proper planning.

Life insurance beneficiaries and divorce

For those getting a divorce, a beneficiary designation on a life insurance policy is not usually top of mind. And for that reason, states including Colorado, have passed laws that an ex-spouse beneficiary does not receive life insurance proceeds after a divorce unless there was an affirmative designation after the divorce.

Special needs trusts, pt. 2: putting the right tools in place

In our post last week, we discussed the acceptance phase when you first learn a child or grandchild has special needs. This post is a reminder on the various tools – both old and new – available to ensure financial resources are in place without affecting government benefit eligibility.

Celebs enlisted to send important guardianship message

It’s not every day that a late-night show takes on the topic of guardianships (in Colorado these are two appointments – a guardian makes decisions about well-being and a conservator handles finances). The Last Week Tonight segment with John Oliver began with this unfortunate fact: it is all too easy for a stranger to take control when a senior starts to fail.

What do you need to include in a final estate accounting?

With any Colorado estate that requires probate court review, a final accounting summarizes receipts and payments during the estate administration process and remaining assets to disburse to heirs. The Colorado Judicial Branch provides standard forms that can help with organization.

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