It is never too early or too late in life to put your affairs in order. In part 1 of this series of posts, we talked about the importance of a financial power of attorney. Today, we consider advanced care planning (ACP).
You are young and not worried about getting a serious illness. You are optimistic and not concerned about being in an accident. You are too busy with your job and young children to get your estate planning done. You figure Colorado law will direct distribution of your property among your relatives in a reasonable way if you don’t have a will. You are older but take great care of yourself and are in good health.
Colorado law establishes the court-appointed position of public administrator to act as a fiduciary in certain probate matters, usually when no one connected to the person or family involved is available or willing to serve. Attorney Marco Chayet has served as the public administrator in the Colorado 18th Judicial District since the court appointed him in 2014.
In today’s post, we continue our discussion of the factors to consider when deciding whom to name as the trustee in a trust. In part 1, we talked about some of the reasons people ask relatives and friends to serve as trustees.
At our law firm, our work often involves trusts. We help people set up trusts during their lifetimes such as revocable living trusts and special-needs trusts. Some clients arrange for testamentary trusts that take effect at death through provisions in wills.
As a country, we tend to avoid talking with our loved ones about the inevitable: our deaths. As 5280 Magazine recently put it, “we … tend to separate ourselves, emotionally and physically, from both the ugliness and the beauty of our inevitable ends.”
In the past week, we have talked about the power of attorney as a component of your estate plan, including what to look for in choosing your agent and his or her legal duties. Today, we will discuss the kinds of powers and responsibilities you can delegate to your agent using your power of attorney.
Today we continue our discussion of the financial power of attorney in Colorado estate planning. Specifically, we will touch on what is important to consider as you decide whom to name as your agent.
At Chayet & Danzo, LLC, we sit down with Colorado clients to learn about their concerns and goals for financial security during their lives and the financial protection of their loved ones now and into the future. Under Colorado law, many estate planning tools exist to help our clients meet those goals. Today we will talk about one of them: the financial power of attorney.
At our Colorado law firm, our attorneys act when appointed by courts throughout the state as guardians ad litem in court proceedings involving vulnerable individuals like children, people with intellectual disabilities and incapacitated persons of any age, including elders. The job of the GAL is to investigate how the proceeding impacts the vulnerable person and advocate for his or her best interests before the court.