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 affect their children’s inheritance. Some of my younger clients would rather not […]
Do I need a Will? If you do not have a Will, the laws of the State of Colorado determine who is entitled to your assets and they determine who has priority to be your personal representative (executor). How long is my Will good for? Wills do not expire. Unless you change or revoke a […]
Usually, you will read a legal article in this space, written by me. Today, I want to tell you about another position where I serve my community. I am currently on the board of Directors for United Power, an electrical cooperative serving members in Coal Creek Canyon, Brighton, Commerce City, Broomfield, Aurora, Ft. Lupton, Northglenn, […]
When someone is impaired by mental illness, physical illness or another disability, and they have not previously appointed someone to act for them through a health care power of attorney, or they have revoked their health care power of attorney, they may need a court-appointed guardian. A guardian is someone who is appointed by the […]
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 to you. I hope you and […]
How do seniors choose an attorney? You must pick an attorney who specializes in the type of law you need. These days all attorneys are specialized because we cannot keep current on every type of law. It is important to choose an attorney who has handled the type of legal matter that you are dealing […]
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.
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 […]
“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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]