Tamra K. Waltemath – Legal

Living Wills

The Living Will 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 terminal condition or is in a persistent […]

Top Ten Facts About Powers Of Attorney

The person signing the power of attorney which gives someone else the authority to act for them is called the “principal” and the person who is given the power to act for you is called your “agent.” The agents authority pursuant to a powers of attorney ceases at the death of the principal. Powers of […]

Undue Influence

In many cases where a Will is contested, the claim of “undue influence” is presented as grounds 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 of such Will was actively involved in […]

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.   […]

Top Ten Legal Myths in Estate Planning

My children know what I want to happen after my death so I do not need a will. If I have a will my estate will not go through probate. If you are married you don’t need a will because your spouse will inherit everything. It is best to name all my children as personal […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Make Your Wishes Clear While You Are Well

By Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C. ~ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. To all of you who have read my articles, I hope my articles have given you food for thought. To all of you who have become my clients, thank you for your support. I appreciate your business and the opportunity to be of service […]

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.


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