A Brief Guide to the Different Types of Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a very important estate planning document that enables you to appoint someone to act on your behalf for financial, medical, or other reasons when you have become incapacitated or otherwise unable to effectively handle your own affairs. The person appointed becomes your “attorney-in-fact,” or agent, and you become the principal. Before you execute this document, it is important that you Read More

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Living Will?

Despite its name, a living will is not really a will at all. A living will, often called an “advance directive” or a “healthcare directive,” is a document that reflects your wishes for medical care or treatment should you become incapacitated or terminally ill and, consequently, unable to communicate your wishes. However unpleasant the thought may be, you can benefit from having a living will no matter what your age Read More

Understanding the Role of Guardian ad Litem

The Colorado judicial system takes the needs of children very seriously, and when the best interests of a minor need to be represented in a case regarding neglect or dependency issues, the state ensures they have proper representation. This individual is called the Guardian ad Litem, and holds a great deal of responsibility during the course of a case. Let’s explore how this person is appointed and what exactly Read More

Understanding the Dangers Inherent in DIY Estate Planning

The internet has changed the way we run our lives and has allowed people to become fairly self-sufficient when it comes to complex tasks. We can gather information about our child’s illness, figure out how to pay off our debt, or learn how to remodel our home ourselves. While this approach might be acceptable for some aspects of our lives, one area that’s dangerous to sacrifice is the planning of your estate. It’s an Read More

Colorado Family Law: How to Establish Paternity in the Eyes of the Law

Establishing paternity of a child is one of the first major decisions that will affect your new baby’s life. Depending on the circumstances, this action might be very easy and straightforward, or there might be other factors that make this a difficult process to complete. When it comes to paternity in Colorado, there are several ways to legally navigate these proceedings so that the child can benefit throughout their Read More

Look for These 5 Qualities in Any Potential Trustees

The future of your estate is not something to be considered lightly. No matter the level of your wealth, your successors will appreciate a well thought out estate plan that avoids conflict and meets the needs of everyone involved. In order to make this happen, you must appoint a trustee to manage your financial affairs. The trustee will be responsible for making sure your wishes are carried out as planned. What makes Read More

Are You Ready for Divorce? Here’s What You Should Ask Yourself First

Getting divorced is a major decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and while it might be the right choice for you and your family, there are some considerations that need to be addressed. Often times people focus on the actual divorce process itself, like finding a lawyer and making sure they negotiate to get their way. Yet there are so many other elements to the process that don’t get talked about. Before filing Read More

Passing on the Family Farm: What Farmers Need to Know About Estate Planning

Family farms are the backbone of our country’s industry, and maintaining and preserving their integrity for years to come is no small task. Estate planning gets to be a little tricky when it comes to the farm, since it is your personal property as well as your business. Having a clear plan in place will ensure the best chances for success when it comes time to pass the reins down to the next generation. Get Read More

Colorado Estate Planning: The Personal Property Memorandum

As a resident of Colorado, it’s essential to have your affairs in order should something happen to you. This practice of estate planning involves many different steps and will help to save your loved ones a great deal of time and effort when handling things when you are unable to. Most of the time, experts will recommend at least having a will in place so that your assets will be able to be dispersed to people of Read More

What Is the Difference Between a Contested and Uncontested Divorce in Colorado?

If you live in Colorado and are thinking about getting divorced, there are two types of divorce for you to heavily consider. While a multitude of logistics are involved, the process can actually be simple if everyone is on the same page. On the contrary, getting divorced can be a more lengthy process if conflict arises. Your options for a divorce are discussed below, with the pros and cons for both. How Does A Read More