Answers To The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Colorado Estate Planning
At Chayet & Danzo, LLC, we provide answers to a wide variety of estate planning questions. This includes questions as to why estate planning is important for you. Below are just some of the questions we regularly hear. For more specific inquiries, call 888-472-1088 to arrange a free consultation.
Why do I need an estate plan?
If you have a family, you will need an estate plan to designate who will take care of your minor children should the unthinkable happen to you and your spouse. If you have a home, a car, investments or property, a will is important for farmers, ranchers, business owners and entrepreneurs. A trust can protect your assets from significant taxation while also enabling your estate to avoid the Colorado probate process, which can take time and money and may require court. There are several tools that can be included in an estate plan.
Are internet estate planning forms valid?
Not necessarily. In addition, you may have unique financial circumstances and specific wishes these forms do not include. It’s always a risk to use these forms.
What’s the role of a personal representative?
In Colorado, the person who represents your estate after you die is your personal representative. This person must be at least 21 years old and of sound mind. The duties of the representative you designate are to:
- File your will with the court
- Create an inventory of the estate and distribute the estate to the beneficiaries
- Pay your estate expenses and debts
A well-prepared will will make your personal representative’s job easier by laying out your wishes.
What is the difference between a will and a trust?
A will allows you to distribute your estate assets contained in the manner you wish. You can list the personal property you own and provide instructions as to who should take possession of it. In a will, you can choose your personal representative to carry out the will’s terms.
A trust, on the other hand, allows you to set aside property and assets for specific purposes. It allows you to provide instruction concerning the holding of assets. A trust can also set conditions regarding distribution of those assets. If you have a child who will need lifelong care, a special needs trust may be a good idea.
What is a power of attorney (POA)?
Creating a medical power of attorney (also called a health care proxy) means that you designate someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. Read more about advance directives.
A financial power of attorney means that you choose someone to manage your finances, pay bills and accept payments for you if you are unable to do so.
A power of attorney can be worded to limit or enhance the powers of the individual you choose to take care of your personal affairs. No one thinks they will be in a serious car accident, coma or have an unexpected stroke. A POA means that if anything like that happens to you, then your family knows what you want to happen.
Get The Answers And Information You Need
Speak with an experienced Colorado estate planning attorney at Chayet & Danzo, LLC. We know you have questions, and we offer a free consultation so that you can get all your questions answered before you move forward. You can reach us at 303-872-5980 or toll-free at 888-472-1088. You can also connect with us via our website contact email. We serve clients throughout the Denver area.