Have you thought about who will have legal authority of your children if something happens to you? Many Denver residents don't give this much thought unless they have extensive assets to draw up a will for. Then, while considering who will inherit their assets, they also consider who will be in charge of their children and their inherited assets, such as a trust fund, until the children are of age.
Circumstances can arise where Colorado parents can no longer rear their own children. Sometimes devastating or terminal illness prevents them from parenting; other times addiction to alcohol and drugs result in the removal of children from their parents' custody. When state agencies like the Department of Human Services become involved, the parents often have little or no input in where the children will go.
On July 1, more stringent protections for Colorado's elderly residents will take effect, along with a package of reforms put in place as protection for the growing segment of the population that is aging.
Colorado residents may have heard that long time radio icon and the voice of Scooby Doo's beloved Shaggy, 82-year-old Casey Kasem, is struggling with the devastating effects of Parkinson's disease. His family is concerned about his health and safety and petitioned the court for a temporary conservatorship of their father.
Famous radio DJ and voice actor Casey Kasem has been bedridden in the hospital, and his children have had to battle their stepmom in order to visit him. However, the family dispute that has been ongoing since this summer has recently come to an end for the most part. Kasem's wife - the stepmother to his three children - had allegedly stopped all of the children's visitation privileges. When one of the children requested legal control of Kasem's health care, the 59-year-old wife retorted with court papers stating that if the children visited their father, the visits would be unpleasant and intolerable.