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What You Should Know about Your Parents’ Estate Planning in Colorado Springs

Posted on: August 27th, 2014
Talking to older or retired parents about their estate plan isn’t necessarily something we look forward to, but elder lawyers in Colorado Springs have seen first-hand why it’s so important....

Is Estate Planning Important for You? | Colorado Springs Trust Lawyer

Posted on: August 14th, 2014
While trust lawyers in Colorado Springs have seen first-hand how important the right legal documents are, we also understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to estate planning....

Can Your Children’s Spouses Inherit from You? | Colorado Springs Will and Trust Lawyer

Posted on: August 7th, 2014
Will and trust lawyers in Colorado Springs see plenty of situations where parents who love their children are not entirely in love with their children’s spouses....

Michael Jace’s Kids Spend 4 Painful Hours In Police Custody Following The Death of Their Mother…And Colorado Springs Guardianship Lawyer Explains How To Protect Your Own Kids From Child Protective

Posted on: July 30th, 2014
Much to the public’s shock and surprise, actor Michael Jace, best known for his role in the ‘The Shield,’ was charged with murder following the untimely death of his wife in May. According to reports, Jace called 911 on himself after allegedly shooting his wife in front of his small children. Besides the obvious trauma that the children faced, family members are up in arms that the kids were forced to spend four painful hours in the sheriff’s office while police sorted out the situation, rather than being placed in the care of loved ones....

Colorado Springs Will Lawyer Says “Exercise Caution When Purchasing Annuities”

Posted on: July 23rd, 2014
Will lawyers in Colorado have a variety of tools at their disposal to help their clients make the best possible choices when it comes to creating long-term plans for their wealth....

Who Would Care For Your Pet If Something Happens To You? Colorado Springs Estate Lawyer Answers

Posted on: July 16th, 2014
So many Americans are pet owners, and estate lawyers in Colorado have various ways of helping their clients to care for these pets. ...

Learn More about Will and Trust Lawyers in Colorado

Posted on: July 8th, 2014
Residents of Colorado often find themselves procrastinating, even if they know the importance of meeting with a wills and trusts lawyer......

Colorado Springs Estate Planning - Legal Advice for Second (or Third) Marriages

Posted on: July 1st, 2014
Estate planning lawyers in Colorado Springs work with clients at all different stages of life. For example, many couples realize the importance of meeting with an estate planning lawyer before getting married. While things are rarely straightforward (every situation is unique, after all), they can get pretty complicated in cases where one or both of the parties involved has been married before......

Should You Go It Alone or Hire A Colorado Springs Business Lawyer?

Posted on: June 25th, 2014
Businesses in the Colorado Springs area will almost always benefit from the services of a business lawyer. While a business owner can certainly fill a whole lot of roles, that of attorney is often one of the trickiest......

Estate Planning Lawyer In Colorado Springs Talks Conservatorships

Posted on: June 17th, 2014
Every once in a while, we see situations where some celebrity seems to be going off the deep end, and someone—usually a parent—is named as their “conservator.” But, what exactly does this mean, and are out-of-control starlets the only ones who need conservatorships?...

Should You Create Your Own Wills and Trusts in Colorado Springs?

Posted on: June 11th, 2014
We live in an incredible age where all kinds of information is right at our fingertips via the Internet. We have more power to learn and do things for ourselves than at any other time in history. This is great for empowerment and building knowledge, but it can occasionally get us into a little trouble......

Common Myths Colorado Springs Estate Planning Lawyers Encounter

Posted on: June 4th, 2014
Estate planning lawyers in Colorado Springs sometimes feel like they’re fighting an uphill battle. We have seen first-hand just how important a good estate plan is, and we certainly want others to understand why it’s imperative. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths that estate planning lawyers encounter on a regular basis. Knowing which are true and which are false can save you a lot of difficulty....

Understanding the Terminology Your Colorado Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Uses

Posted on: May 26th, 2014
When you walk into a Colorado Springs estate planning lawyer’s office, you are going to hear some terms that are either completely new to you or that sound like something out of an old movie. It’s a good idea to have some understanding of these terms ahead of time so you don’t spend time doing anything other than what you hired the attorney to do......

Work With an Elder Law Attorney in Colorado Springs to Plan for Your Grandchildren’s College Education

Posted on: May 14th, 2014
Without a doubt, one of the joys of being an elder law attorney comes from seeing the pride clients have in their grandchildren. They continually tell us how amazing it is to see their children become parents and how much they want to be a part of supporting this next generation of their families. There are a lot of tools that a Colorado Springs elder law attorney can help clients leverage to make this a reality, and one of them is the 529 account......

Is Probate Such a Terrible Thing? | Probate Lawyers In Colorado Springs

Posted on: May 7th, 2014
Probate attorneys in Colorado Springs are well aware of how difficult the process can be for families and friends who are grieving, for those who value privacy, and even for those who need to get an estate closed to pay off debts and take care of other obligations. Day in and day out probate attorneys hear about the downsides of probate......

Talking to Your Parents About Meeting with a Colorado Springs Estate Planning Lawyer

Posted on: April 29th, 2014
Just as everywhere else in the country, folks in Colorado Springs often put off their estate planning for many reasons. Whether it’s facing your own mortality, or that of your parents, the prospect of needing a will or trust isn’t something that many of us want to think about. The reality, though, is that when we continue to put off the estate planning process, things only tend to get more complicated......

Working with a Probate Attorney in Colorado Springs to Understand the Steps of the Process

Posted on: April 24th, 2014
Even if someone has a will in place, it’s still quite likely that his or her estate will need to be overseen by a good probate attorney......

Business Planning Lawyers in Colorado Springs Recommend Estate Planning

Posted on: April 21st, 2014
A small business is a part of your identity, not to mention your livelihood. Business planning lawyers in Colorado Springs look to protect both aspects of this should you die or become incapacitated. ...

Why You Should Consider Working With A Special Needs Planning Attorney In Colorado Springs

Posted on: April 16th, 2014
For parents with disabled children, whether minor or adult, it’s a good idea to take the extra step of meeting with a special needs planning attorney. This gives you the opportunity to set up the best possible scenario for your child if you are no longer able to provide care for him or her on your own......

What to Expect from Estate Planning in Colorado Springs, Part IV

Posted on: April 9th, 2014
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Making a Charitable Organization the Beneficiary of Your Life Insurance Policy | Estate Planning Lawyers in Colorado Springs

Posted on: March 31st, 2014
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How to Choose an Executor or Successor Trustee with Your Colorado Springs Estate Lawyer

Posted on: March 25th, 2014
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Discuss Your Social Security Options With An Elder Law Lawyer

Posted on: March 11th, 2014
For many elder law clients in Colorado Springs, Social Security benefits represent a very large portion of their post-retirement income. Because of the way that the system has changed since it was originated in 1935, it is extremely complex. Literally hundreds of amendments have been made in the nearly 80 years since the Social Security Act. It may just take an experienced elder lawyer to wade through the options with you…....

What to Expect from Estate Planning in Colorado Springs, Part III

Posted on: February 28th, 2014
This is the third in a series of articles on what to expect when you work with your Colorado Springs estate planning lawyer. Each article will cover several of the topics that you will need to consider to make a plan that works for your needs......

Including Your Service Providers In Your Estate Plan | Monument Will and Trust Lawyers

Posted on: February 17th, 2014
A will and trust lawyer’s job is to make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row so that if you become incapacitated or die, your loved ones will now how to manage your estate and follow your wishes. Laws in Colorado vary from those found around the country, which is why you want to work with an attorney who is skilled in understanding your specific needs. One area that should be considered is your service providers......

How to Avoid the Need for a Probate Lawyer in Colorado Springs

Posted on: February 6th, 2014
If you are dealing with an estate that has to go through the probate process in Colorado, your smartest move is likely going to be to work with a probate lawyer. There are cases where very simple estates will move through fairly easily, but there is still a matter of paperwork, accounting, etc. to consider; and a probate lawyer can save you an incredible amount of time and hassle…....

What to Expect from Estate Planning Part II | Will and Trust Lawyers In Colorado Springs

Posted on: January 29th, 2014
This is the second in a series of articles on what to expect when you work with your Colorado Springs will and trust lawyer. Each article will cover several of the topics that you will need to consider to make a plan that works for your needs......

Not All Property Can Be Left through a Will

Posted on: January 17th, 2014
With much experience behind them, will lawyers often feel like they’ve “seen it all.” This is good news for clients, because it means that the attorney can help you prepare for situations that you might never have expected otherwise. One surprise that people hear from their estate planning lawyers is that you can’t use your will to pass on all types of property......

DOMA Ruling Implications for Estate Planning Lawyers in Colorado Springs and Their Clients

Posted on: January 7th, 2014
The recent DOMA ruling has some pretty interesting implications for estate planning lawyers in Colorado Springs. Those with clients in same-sex relationships are likely to be looking at whole new way of working with and protecting those clients and their estates......

What to Expect from Estate Planning in Colorado Springs- Part I

Posted on: December 28th, 2013
Estate planning lawyers in Colorado Springs, as well as around the country, have slightly different approaches when working with clients. These approaches need to be tailored to your personal needs, as well as to the estate planning laws of the state. That said, there are some typical things that you will likely want to cover in your plan, and your lawyer will help you determine which are important for you......

The Downside to Annuities From a Trust Lawyer’s Perspective

Posted on: December 17th, 2013
When it comes to annuities, trust lawyers in Monument do at times recommend these financial products for their clients…and they may be a great choice for you. This particular article is just to offer some additional food for thought on making decisions regarding whether or not annuities are wise additions to your overall estate plan......

When To Contact a Trust and Estates Lawyer

Posted on: December 9th, 2013
There are times in life when it is obvious that people should start meeting with a trust and estates attorney......

Estate Planning Should Include Your Pets

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013
Not only can an attorney incorporate your pet into your will or trust, but if you wish, a special trust (a Pet Trust) can be set up. Things don’t necessarily need to be this elaborate, but it is something that many clients choose. Whether creating a trust or not, you will want to determine who will be your pet’s guardian should you die or become otherwise incapacitated. A word to the wise: Make sure that the person or organization you name as guardian is aware of this and has agreed to the role!...

Ask an Estate Planning Lawyer: What Is An Annuity?

Posted on: November 15th, 2013
In order to de-mystify at least one of these estate planning tools, today we’re going to take a moment to ask and answer the question “What is an annuity?”...

Estate Planning Thoughts for Unmarried Couples | Trust Lawyers In Colorado Springs

Posted on: November 5th, 2013
Trust lawyers work with unmarried couples to help protect their assets and their partners’ interests should one of them pass away. The way that federal and state laws are set up, it is customary for a spouse to receive assets of an estate through the El Paso probate process. Unfortunately, things are far less cut-and-dry when it comes to settling the estate of an unmarried partner....

Information to Give the Trustee of Your Estate | Colorado Springs Trust Lawyer

Posted on: October 28th, 2013
One of the jobs of a trust lawyer is to help clients choose the person who will be responsible for a trust that has been set up. The trustee has several very important jobs, and things will go smoother if he or she is aware of these responsibilities up front. Here is some good information that should be shared with a trustee in order to administer the trust with as little difficulty as possible when the time comes......

What a Special Needs Planning Attorney Will Do for You

Posted on: October 17th, 2013
Special needs planning attorneys have very specialized knowledge that can help families plan for their children’s future. There are so many things to keep straight when it comes to raising your special needs child, and focusing on what will happen to him or her after your death is not something that is pleasant to contemplate. ......

How to Contest a Will in Monument, Colorado

Posted on: October 8th, 2013
Despite the best efforts of wills and trusts lawyers there are times when a will is challenged. There can be many why this happens, and it is up to the courts to determine what is appropriate in these situations......

Who Really Needs a Business Lawyer in Monument?

Posted on: August 9th, 2013
To the average person, the term “business lawyer” or “corporate lawyer” may sound like something that only exists on Wall Street. In reality, though, nearly every business in Monument can and should use the services of a good business lawyer.......

How To Tackle Estate Planning When You Live in Two States

Posted on: July 16th, 2013
Many people living this lifestyle completely overlook the fact that it can have a major impact on what happens to their assets when they die. If you were to pass away in Colorado, the laws governing your estate may be totally different than those in Florida, Arizona, or whatever warmer state you’ve chosen for the cooler seasons......

Probate 101

Posted on: July 5th, 2013
Probate is a process that can differ from state to state. This means that the laws which apply here in Monument might not be the same as other places.......

Figuring Taxes and Gifts into Your Estate Planning

Posted on: June 25th, 2013
There are a lot of important reasons to spend time working with an estate planning lawyer in Colorado Springs. In addition to making sure your wishes are clearly defined and legally valid, there is also the issue of saving your beneficiaries from paying excessive taxes on what they inherit....

Estate Planning Trends In Monument Include Travel Trusts

Posted on: June 17th, 2013
Trust lawyers in Monument see how trends come and go in the field, and an interesting new one has been showing up increasingly in the last several years......

An Estates Attorney’s Advice Regarding Your Home

Posted on: June 6th, 2013
It is clear to estates attorneys in Colorado Springs that the most valuable asset for many local residents is their homes. First of all, there is no way to put a price on the emotional, historical, and personal value of your home. ...

Things to Consider When It Comes to Special Needs Planning in Colorado

Posted on: May 31st, 2013
Families who have members with special needs have a variety of concerns that most of the population doesn’t deal with on a regular basis. Whether you’re traveling to occupational therapy appointments, choosing the most effective medical devices, or contemplating whether to “mainstream” your special needs child, there are so many parts and pieces to keep in mind. ...

Colorado Springs Will Lawyer Offers Essential Estate Planning Considerations for Parents

Posted on: May 24th, 2013
Being a responsible parent is an ongoing labor of love, and things like estate planning can get overlooked in favor of bedtime stories with toddlers, homework reminders for grade schoolers and trying to decide whether or not your teen is responsible enough to drive to school on his own and, and, and…...

Estate Planning for Single People in Colorado Springs

Posted on: May 10th, 2013
Do single people need a will or trust attorney? Yes!...

The Proper Approach to Trust Administration in El Paso County

Posted on: January 17th, 2013
There is a certain amount of responsibility that goes along with wills or trust administration in El Paso County. For this reason, it is vital to choose someone very trustworthy to take on this important role. ...

Ask a Colorado Springs Trust Attorney: How Good is Your Living Will?

Posted on: January 10th, 2013
One of the many documents a trust attorney in the Colorado Springs area will encourage clients to put together is a living will. These documents have been considered incredibly important in both the legal and medical fields for 40+ years. ...

Estate Planning Checklist for January | Colorado Springs wills and trusts

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013
If you’ve already met with your Colorado Springs estate planning attorney to put together your wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other long-term plans, then congratulations! ...

Advice on Safe Deposit Boxes from a Colorado Springs Probate Lawyer

Posted on: December 28th, 2012
Once you’ve gone through your estate planning in Colorado Springs, you’ve likely become aware of just what valuables you have. ...

Working With a Colorado Springs Trust Attorney To Protect Intergenerational Wealth Transfers

Posted on: December 11th, 2012
A recent article on Forbes.com took a look into the surprisingly high rate at which intergenerational wealth transfers are failing. According to research done by Roy Williams and Vic Preisser, the study found that intergenerational wealth transfers fail a staggering 70% of the time!...

Five Colorado Springs Estate Planning Questions and Their Answers

Posted on: December 4th, 2012
For an estate planning attorney in Colorado Springs, there are plenty of questions which come up again and again. Take a look at the list below, and maybe you’ll get some of yours answered:...

Estate Planning for Your Small Business in Colorado Springs

Posted on: November 27th, 2012
When it’s time to start your estate planning process (that time is right now, by the way), entrepreneurs need to remember to take their small businesses into consideration. ...

Planning for the Future with a 529 Plan | Colorado Springs Trusts and Estates

Posted on: November 20th, 2012
If you already have children or are making plans to grow your family, it makes sense to consider a 529 plan. These are plans which are set up before your kids even head out to college, allowing you to put money aside for tuition so it will be there when you need it. ...

Revoking a Will in the Monument, CO Estate Planning Process

Posted on: November 13th, 2012
There are many reasons why clients here in Monument, CO or Colorado Springs choose to revoke a will. Family circumstances change, financial situations change, even minds get changed. ...

Colorado Springs Estate Planning Attorney Offers Advice on How to Choose a Guardian for Your Child

Posted on: November 6th, 2012
One of the most important jobs of an estate planning attorney Colorado Springs is to help parents choose the right guardian for their children. ...

Know A Hero? Send Them In For Free Health Care Directives During The Month Of November!

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012
While it’s impossible to ever repay these local heroes for their sacrifice, in honor of Veterans Day, we will be offering FREE healthcare directives for any active duty service member, veteran, police, fire and emergency personnel/first-responder in the community. ...

The Role of the Personal Representative in Colorado Springs

Posted on: October 30th, 2012
The person whom Colorado Springs trust and estates attorneys have long referred to as the “executor” has now been given an alternative name when managing your estate....

Elder Care Law in Monument and Colorado Springs Offers Important Strategies for Dementia Patients

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012
Elder care lawyers in Monument and Colorado Springs work with families to prepare for any number of situations in the estate planning process. One circumstance which is especially relevant to elder care law is dementia. ...

How Do You Treat Children Fairly When It Comes to Wills and Trusts in Colorado Springs?

Posted on: October 17th, 2012
Will and trust lawyers in Colorado Springs see just about every circumstance which results from a parent’s death. Some siblings handle the will and trust administration gracefully and with dignity, while others turn to squabbling and pettiness. ...

Getting Your ‘Ducks In A Row’ For National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Posted on: October 16th, 2012
October 15th-21st marks National Estate Planning Awareness Week, which is a key reminder of just how important estate planning is for everyone. ...

Monument Elder Lawyer Perspective: Legal Concerns for Caregivers

Posted on: October 10th, 2012
Elder lawyers in Monument and Colorado Springs work not just with our older clients, but also with their caregivers. In many cases, this means adult children who have or will be given power of attorney, not to mention those who just step up to help when something is needed. ...

Sharing Financial and Legal Information with Your Family in Colorado Springs

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012
Every family has its own approach when it comes to talking about financial and legal information. Colorado Springs will and trust lawyers see everything from very open and transparent situations to those where discussions of money are considered taboo....

Monument Estate Planning Attorney Asks: Do You Know How to Manage Your Inheritance?

Posted on: September 21st, 2012
Receiving an inheritance is both an honor and a responsibility, and estate planning attorneys in Monument and Colorado Springs constantly see individuals who are just not ready to take that on appropriately. ...

Colorado Springs Wills and Estates Lawyer Answers, “What Happens to a Person’s Debts When They Die?”

Posted on: September 12th, 2012
Mortgages, loans, credit cards, even medical bills…nearly every wills and estates lawyer in Colorado Springs is asked about what happens to a person’s debt when they die....

What Happens If My Heir Dies Before I Do In Colorado Springs?

Posted on: September 5th, 2012
The best way to resolve this kind of question is to work with your estate planning attorney in Colorado Springs from the beginning to name alternate beneficiaries. ...

Planning Operating Expenses Into Your Wills and Trusts Administration In Colorado Springs

Posted on: August 24th, 2012
When working with a wills and trusts administration lawyer here in Colorado Springs there are certain things you probably already have in mind. ...

Colorado Springs Estate Planning for Generation X

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012
Lawyers in Colorado Springs are working with more and more members of Generation X, but many still don’t seem to realize that estate planning applies to them. ...

Naming a Pet Guardian As Part Of Your Estate Planning In Colorado Springs

Posted on: August 8th, 2012
No matter how much you love your pets and feel they are “part of the family,” they are generally seen as property by the El Paso or Douglas County courts and are therefore treated accordingly. This can cause some concern for pet owners who want to ensure their pets are well-cared-for and able to transition as smoothly as possible after the death or incapacitation of an owner....

Will and Trust Lawyer in Colorado Springs Answers, “What is a Conservatorship Or An Adult Guardian?”

Posted on: August 8th, 2012
The idea of conservatorships really came before the mainstream population a few years ago when pop idol Britney Spears seemed to have an emotional breakdown right in front of the public eye. At that time, her father was named as her conservator. The term sounds like a babysitter, at best, or like a harsh authoritarian figure with financial power, at worst. So, what is a conservatorship, really?...

Serious Estate Planning Considerations for Those Getting Remarried in Colorado Springs

Posted on: August 8th, 2012
An estate planning lawyer in Colorado Springs will help you review all of these aspects of your situation so you can put together a plan which protects and works for everyone involved....

Work with an Elder Law Attorney to Avoid Living Trust Scams in Colorado Springs

Posted on: August 7th, 2012
There is a growing trend for scam artists targeting older people by preying on their fears about what will happen to their estates. They work their charm to convince their elderly victims here in Colorado Springs to create a “living trust,” but the outcome is not at all what they promise....

Planning For Families is Important

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012
Anyone with children or modest assets should seriously consider some minimal estate planning, but the increasing number of blended families underscores the need for proper estate planning....

Beneficiary designations

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012
Beneficiary designations can be quite useful, but they need to be considered as part of an overall estate plan. Naming a trust as beneficiary will generally prevent the problems described above, and by bringing all of the client's assets together under one plan, you can be sure that each beneficiary will receive the amount the client wants them to have'something that can be difficult to accomplish with multiple designations....

DIY Estate Planning

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012
With the number of online and do-it-yourself (DIY) legal providers continuing to grow, some of individuals may be wondering if they could do their estate planning themselves....