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

We all 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 of money to be used to […]

How to make sure your loved ones can access your digital accounts after your death

By Kate Silburn, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Elder Law ~ As we spend more and more of our time online and conduct our business there, we inevitably start to have numerous passwords. Moreover, to make them secure enough, we make them so complex that no one can guess them.

Elder Mediation Resolves Family Conflicts

“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.

Financial exploitation – what it is, how to spot it, and what to do about it

By Kate Silburn, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Elder Law ~ What is financial exploitation of an elderly person or elder financial abuse?  According to the Department of Justice, financial or property exploitation means the illegal or improper use of an elderly or adult with a disability’s money, property, or other resources for monetary or personal benefit, […]

Beneficiary Deeds

A beneficiary deed is used to transfer real estate upon your death, without the necessity of  probate.  The Colorado legislature passed the law authorizing the use of beneficiary deeds on May 12, 2004 and the law took effect on August 4, 2004. This law was enacted so that people who have a small estate that […]

Senior Scams

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 Deed Service.  I have found that […]

Advance Medical Directives

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C.  ~ 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 […]

Probate Law In Colorado

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday. I want to thank you for your continued support, especially the last two years during the pandemic.  I hope you and your families are well and have had no health emergencies. Many people have died in the last two years, over 800,000 in […]

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 […]

Rocky Mountain Elder Law makes a move to Lakewood, Colorado

By Kate Silburn ~ As an elder law attorney, my mission is to give my clients and their families peace of mind by creating and preserving their legacy. I see myself as an advocate for my clients; I’m there to serve them with compassion and integrity. I’ve been working on elder law cases for over […]

Estate Planning For The Beginner

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ What is estate planning?  Estate planning is a process in which an attorney helps a client to make a written plan to pass on their assets at their death by taking into account the laws of wills, taxes, insurance, property and trusts to maximize the benefit of all laws […]

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. If real estate was owned by the decedent, and it is not located in the state where the decedent was domiciled […]

Compensating Family For Caregiving

There is a growing trend toward moving parents to the home of a child and out of nursing homes.  One impetus for this change is the high cost of institutional care, another is the isolation many felt during COVID when our facilities did not allow family members to visit.  There has also been a change […]

Document Retention

~ By Tamra K. Waltemath ~ Maybe you have decided that this is the year you are going to get organized or get rid of some clutter.  As an attorney, I create a lot of paperwork and I review a lot of paperwork.  Clients often ask me how long to keep certain documents and how often […]


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