Tamra K. Waltemath – Legal

Early Alzheimer’s Clues

Changes in behavior or personality may be the first signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Memory loss is not the only sign of dementia; losing interest in your favorite activities or getting unusually anxious, aggressive or suspicious may also be symptoms.

Estate Planning And Our Pets

By Tamra K Waltemath ~ Many of us love our pets and want to ensure that they are taken care of after we die. There are several options for pet owners in Colorado. The most elaborate option is to establish a pet trust. To create a pet trust you must set aside a certain amount […]

Elder Mediation Resolves Family Conflicts

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ “My daughter is insisting I move in with her,” complains Martha. “She just wants to control my life and take away my freedom,” she continues. Jenny, Martha’s daughter worries that her mother keeps falling, and fears one day she will break her hip or hit her head.

Senior Scams

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ I have had clients bring in letters from companies that offer to sell them a copy of the deed for their home for $89.00. These letters look very official. Multiple businesses send these letters, including Property Transfer Services, Record Transfer Services, Conveyance Transfer Services, Record Retrieval Department, and National […]

Advance Medical Directives

Adults in Colorado have the legal right to consent to or refuse medical treatment under the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990. You may make your wishes regarding medical treatment known by utilizing advance medical directives. Advance medical directives include a Declaration as to Medical or Surgical Treatment (often referred to as a Living Will), Medical […]

Probate Law In Colorado

Many people believe that if they have a Last Will and Testament (“Will”) they do not have to go through probate; this is not true. In Colorado, if a person owns personal property exceeding $66,000.00 or they own an interest in real estate (your home) they must go through probate whether or not they have […]

Protecting the Client

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ “Can I get a power of attorney for my parent?” People call my office and ask this question quite often, so my assistant asked me to write an article about the issues involved in answering this question. We don’t know if your parent wants to appoint you to act […]

Dying Without a Will

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ If someone dies without a Will, his or her assets will be devised pursuant to the laws of the state in which the decedent was domiciled at death. Real estate is governed by the laws of the state in which it is located. So, if you die without a Will […]

Compensating Family for Caregiving

There is a growing trend toward keeping our elderly at home and moving them out of nursing homes. One impetus for this change is the high cost of institutional care. Another reason for the change is a change in philosophy; we are beginning to recognize that our elderly have a better quality of life if […]

Living Wills

~ By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ The Living Will form is also referred to as the Advance Directive for Medical/Surgical Treatment. This advance directive allows adults who have decisional capacity to set forth their written decisions as to the acceptance or rejection of life-sustaining procedures if at some future time, he or she has a […]

Top Ten Facts About Powers of Attorney

The person signing the power of attorney giving someone else the authority to act for them is called the “principal” (sometimes referred to as you) and the person who is given the power to act for you is called your “agent.” Powers of attorney are not legally effective after your death. Powers of attorney should […]

Deeds and Probate Avoidance

~By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C.~   I have had many clients ask me if they should put their children on the deed to their home.  This is not a good idea.  You must understand that if you sign a Quitclaim Deed which names your child as a grantee, and you record that deed or deliver it […]

Undue Influence

~ By Tamra K Waltemath, P.C. ~ In many cases where a Will is contested, the claim of “undue influence” is presented as a cause for asking the Court to invalidate a Last Will and Testament (“Will”). Undue Influence has been proved where at the time of preparation or execution of the Will, a beneficiary […]

Medicaid and Estate Recovery

~ By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~   Medicaid is a federal medical assistance program for low-income persons who are elderly, blind or disabled, which is administered by the state.   To qualify for Medicaid, an application must be made with your County Department of Human Services.  Nursing home residents apply in the county in […]

A Colorado Revocable Living Trust Makes Good Sense

~ By Tamra K Waltemath ~ In general, there are two primary documents used to transfer your assets at your death, Wills and Trusts. Colorado estate planners differ in opinion as to which document is preferable. I believe there are advantages and disadvantages to both documents so I discuss how each would affect the client […]

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