Legal

Deeds And Probate Avoidance

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, and you record that deed or deliver it to the grantee on the deed, you are giving away an interest […]

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

I would like to thank all of you who have retained my services this year, or who have recommended me to another.  I appreciate your business.  This was a difficult year for all of us.  If you have lost a loved one to COVID-19, my heart goes out to you.  I have had many clients […]

Medicaid and Estate Recovery

Medicaid is a federal medical assistance program for low-income people, which is administered by the state.   In Colorado, Health First Colorado administers our Medicaid Program.  Health First Colorado is funded jointly by a federal-state partnership and is administered by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.  Medicaid is public health insurance for those […]

A Colorado Revocable Living Trust Makes Good Sense

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 during an estate planning consultation.   […]

Colorado End-Of-Life Options Act

Colorado voters approved the End-of-Life Options Act which is also referred to as the medical aid-in-dying law in 2016.  This law enables your doctor to prescribe medication for you to bring about your own death.  To exercise this option, you must submit a written request to your doctor and you must: 1) be terminally ill […]

Estate Planning During a Pandemic: Steps to Take

By Jeremy Laufer ~ The coronavirus pandemic has certainly caused havoc and concern for many people, particularly in regard to their health and their finances – and these two areas intersect in estate planning. So, if you haven’t drawn up your estate plans yet, or you think they may need to be revised, now may […]

What To Do When Someone Dies

It would be nice to have an instruction booklet to list all of the things we need to do when a loved one dies.  I could not possibly relate everything you may need to know or everything you may need to do in the first few days following a death, but let this list serve […]

The Importance Of Estate Planning During The Coronavirus Pandemic

By Sarah L. Golombek, Esq. ~ These are unprecedented times we are living in with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Not surprisingly, many are worried about their health and are concerned about whether their financial and legal affairs are in order in the event of serious illness or death. Pandemic or not, it is always recommended that […]

Rights Of A Surviving Spouse

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ When a married person dies, his or her spouse has many rights pursuant to Colorado law, even if the spouse left no will. These rights include the right to be named as personal representative of the estate, certain monetary allowances, the right to certain property and a share of […]

Alzheimer’s Association offers essential legal/financial planning webinar May 18

Today, 76,000 Coloradans are among nearly 6 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, if no cure is found, that total will approach 14 million. Caring for those loved ones day-to-day is one challenge. Preparing for the potentially astronomical costs is yet another.

Estate Planning For Unmarried Couples

Many couples choose not to be legally married, even if they have been together a long time. There are both personal and financial reasons for not getting married. Some of my older clients choose not to marry because they do not want to hurt their children’s feelings. Some of my younger clients would rather not […]

Conservators

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ The purpose for appointing a conservator is to protect a person’s property from mismanagement or dissipation.   The Court may appoint a conservator, upon petition and after notice and hearing, when it finds that someone has money or property that they cannot manage. A conservator is appointed by the […]

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.

Important Legal Documents Everyone Should Have

Everyone needs these documents in order to make their wishes known to family and friends and to give them the authority to make decisions for you in an emergency or if you become incapacitated and cannot make decisions for yourself. In addition, these documents assist to avoid the cost and stress of probate litigation. BEWARE […]

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 […]


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