By Catherine Hammond, Esq.Mounds of paperwork. Mounting losses in hours missed from work and money spent in legal fees. Because it involved the conservatorship and guardianship of my mother: simply heart-wrenching. I was 22 and my mother as I knew her was gone, taken by early-onset Alzheimer’s … [Read More...]
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Show Me How to Prepare for Incapacity…
Many of us will suffer an injury or illness before we die that will make us unable to care for ourselves. Maybe you’ve already been diagnosed with a disease like Alzheimer’s that makes such a situation likely, or maybe you’re perfectly healthy today, crossing your fingers this won’t happen to you. Either way, it’s vital to understand the issues that come up if you’re the one who suffers a stroke, brain injury or dementia and you can no longer communicate your own wishes.
Prepare for Incapacity
Show Me How to Avoid Probate…
Many people assume that their family won’t have to go through probate when they die, especially if they have a will. Unfortunately that assumption is incorrect for many Colorado residents. If you own real estate OR more than $64,000 of miscellaneous property when you die, your estate will go through this court process unless you take steps to avoid probate. Find out whether you need to avoid probate, and your options.
Show Me How To Protect My Investments…
Protect My Investments
Show Me How To Plan for My Young Children…
You don’t have to be “old” to need a plan for what happens when you die. Life and death both happen in unexpected ways, at unexpected times.
Imagine an accident on the way home from date night, the police knock at your door and ask the babysitter who your children will be staying with while things are sorted out. She doesn’t know, and the kids end up in the custody of the state for the next few days. Your kids just can’t understand why mommy and daddy aren’t there, and why can’t they be with grandma? Sadly, that can be just the beginning of the troubles you could leave for your children if you don’t have a plan.
Plan for My Young Children
Show Me How to Be Protected from Nursing Home Expenses…
As we grow older, one of our biggest fears is losing all of our hard-earned assets to a nursing home. Whether you’re in a nursing home now, or just planning for the future, here’s what you need to know about how to protect your assets.
Protect from Nursing Home Expenses
Show Me How to Pass on My Values…
Integrating your personal values into your estate plan is an important part of passing on your legacy. Learn some of your options for making sure money is used wisely, keeping it from the daughter-in-law you barely know (or don’t like), and making charitable gifts here.
Pass on My Values
Show Me How To Plan as a Member of the LGBTQ Community…
Many of our legal issues and needs are the same, no matter our sexual orientation, but some estate planning issues are especially important to understand if you’re a member of the LGBTQ community.
Plan as a Member of the LGBTQ Community
Show Me How to Preserve Family Harmony…
You might think your family will get along perfectly when you die, but it’s not as predictable as you might think. Incapacity and death can bring out the issues that have been bubbling below the surface for years. Learn more about the ways to minimize the likelihood that your family will end up in conflict.
Preserve Family Harmony
Show Me How To Wrap Up the Estate of a Loved One…
Wrap Up the Estate of a Loved One
Show Me How to Plan for Special Needs Loved Ones…
If you have a child or other loved one who is disabled and eligible for SSI and/or Medicaid, it is vital to plan properly for their financial security in the event of your death or disability.
Plan for Special Needs Loved Ones
Show Me How to Take Care of My Pets…
Many beloved pets are euthanized after the death of their human because of money. Food is expensive, and vet bills can be a deterrent for those who would otherwise give your pets a loving home when you’re gone. Make sure your pets are well-loved by setting things up properly now.
Take Care of My Pets
Show Me How to Plan for My Blended Family…
If you’re one of the many families who brought children into your current relationship, there are special planning considerations. Make sure you don’t accidentally disinherit your own children!
Plan for My Blended Family
We’ll Take Care of Protecting Your Legacy, So You Can Focus On Living It
Are you ready to get an estate plan in place that will actually minimize the headaches and the heartaches for your family in the event of your disability or death? One that’s tailored to your specific circumstances and goals?
You’re in the right place.
We’ve been there ourselves, and with this personal experience (and passion) have helped thousands of Colorado families protect their loved ones, keeping the lawyers, judges, government, and in-laws out of their affairs upon disability and death.
We’re here to guide you through the planning process, and we’ll be here when your family needs us most. We will help you navigate life’s most difficult events.
We serve Denver and Colorado Springs families in creating estate plans using Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Directives and other tools, from simple to highly complex estates. If you’re looking for assistance with the estate of a loved one, we can help with that as well. We’re also experienced in elder law, including Medicaid planning, conservatorships and guardianships.
Get started protecting your loved ones by attending one of our acclaimed workshops, or schedule a Personal Consultation with an attorney today.