Estate planning is intimidating. Once you start an initial conversation about putting together a plan you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the options to consider. Should you just get a will, or should you consider having a trust, too? What exactly is a trust anyway?
As regular readers of our Denver estate planning and elder law blog know, we recently dove in this space into the subject of living trusts.
One of the very first and most important things you do when creating an estate plan in Colorado is to identify your goals. For many, the goal is two-pronged: they want to protect their assets while they are alive and they also want to pass on assets when they die.
March 21, 2019, is World Down Syndrome Day, followed by World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. According to the CDC, almost 17 percent of Colorado adults have some kind of disability and 7.7 percent of adults have cognitive impairments.
Dogs, cats and other companion animals are important members of many Colorado families. Beloved pets also commonly provide companionship and meaning in the lives of elders. Those who love their furry family members should be aware that they can take legal steps to provide for care of pets if owners become too ill or injured to provide pet care themselves and even after owner death.
At our law firm, we use a full range of estate planning tools to customize estate plans for the needs and goals of everyone we represent. One important tool to have in the toolbox is the revocable living trust, called an RLT for short.
Being retired and having assets to pass along is fortunate. But large, unexpected medical expenses can really start to drain even the most well-managed wealth.
Life doesn't stand still, either abstractly or concerning estate matters.
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.
For a parent or grandparent, the realization that your child or grandchild has special needs can be difficult to accept.