Imagine that you have a family member that is getting very old, and as the years pass by, you can see that he or she just isn't as healthy as they once were. It is a slow, and unfortunately inevitable, decline. Watching them in a hospital bed, you can't help but wonder what they are thinking. Did they want it to end like this? Did they have protections and processes in place to dictate how their medical care should be handled if they become incapacitated?
Many people in Denver have probably heard the phrases "power of attorney" and "living will" before, but they may not known exactly what these phrases mean. For example, some people may think that a "living will" is the same as a "will," or that the "power of attorney" must be given to someone who is, well, an attorney.
Three Colorado sisters became co-trustees of a family trust when their mother received a diagnosis of dementia. They also had an equal vote when making decisions about her care. Disagreements about the sale of a home resulted in a legal battle. They could also not agree on an out-of-state trip with the mother to visit relatives.
The CNBC survey found that more than a third (38 percent to be exact) of families with significant assets did not have an estate plan in place. Why is this? In part, it is because even successful and business savvy individuals can conflate estate planning with tax planning.
This month, the Supreme Court will issue a landmark decision on the legality of same-sex marriage. Surprisingly, a Boulder city clerk issued the first same-sex marriage in 1975. A PBS documentary called “Limited Partnership” recounts the couple’s story and a strange twist that the federal judge who ruled on the legitimacy of their marriage for immigration purposes was Anthony Kennedy – now the swing vote on the nation’s highest court.
A recent New York Times article sums it up nicely – one of the first skills to go is the ability to handle financial matters. With age comes a greater risk of making costly mistakes or falling for financially abusive schemes.
As difficult as it is to imagine, there might come a time in your life where you are unable to make important decisions on your own. This might be because of a sudden traumatic accident, or because of a slowly progressing condition like Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Sometimes it seems that it you're not already wealthy, there are not a lot of investment firms willing to devote the time and manpower into helping your portfolio grow.