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Guardianships & Conservatorships Archives

Same-sex couples still face unique estate planning challenges

Even with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision and myriad state-level initiatives that recognized the validity of same-sex marriage, many of these couples still find themselves facing unique challenges where legal matters are concerned. For example, there are many inconsistencies from state to state regarding tax issues, beneficiary designations, insurance benefits and recognition of parentage that disproportionately affect same-sex couples, particularly those who are unmarried.

Fulfilling the duties of a guardian in Colorado

We have posted a lot of information on this blog about the responsibilities of a guardian in the life of an incapacitated person. We recognize that if you have been asked to take on this role you probably have a lot of questions.

How health care directives can become a last gift to family

After a debilitating stroke, the adult children of an 80-year-old woman gathered at the hospital. The doctors wanted to insert a feeding tube. What were their mother’s wishes? The decision was agonizing and emotions were running high.

Removing arbitration clauses from nursing home agreements

At some point an aging relative may need more care. Often stubborn elders who have lived on their own for years can hide problems for awhile. It might be a neighbor who reports concerns or loss of money through a tax scam that really brings home the situation.

Guardian or conservator appointments: What can go wrong?

As more of the baby boom generation enter the so-called “danger age” it is important to discuss what can go wrong after a decision regarding incapacity. For instance, the U.S. Government Accountability Office in a 2010 report found that people in these trusted roles stole $5.4 million from wards during the preceding two decades.

Planning ahead for Alzheimer’s care

Alzheimer’s is a devastating and cruel disease. It slowly robs sufferers of their memories, their recognition, and, eventually, their ability to function independently. Given the huge impact this illness can have both on patients and their families, it is no surprise that the expenses associated with treatment and care are likewise huge. By some estimates, Americans (including costs covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurers and out-of-pocket by patients and their families) spend upwards of $200 billion annually on Alzheimer’s-related care.

Obtaining Guardianships & Conservatorships in Colorado

The death of music legend Prince has highlighted the problems created when a person dies without a will. What some media sources in Colorado and elsewhere are failing to recognize is that it is also imperative to have estate-planning documents (powers of attorney and advance directives) in place in the event of incapacity. Without them, it may be necessary for your family members to petition the court for Guardianships & Conservatorships.

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