Tamra K. Waltemath – 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 […]

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 […]

Happy Holidays!

I am so grateful for your support this year.  I have had my own law practice for 34 years and I could not have done it without my loyal clients.  This year started off terribly, with the pipes at my office bursting during the Christmas freeze. My office building is over 100 years old, so […]

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 […]

Duties Of A Personal Representative

A personal representative is the person who is responsible for administering an estate after the death of someone.  To be valid, your Last Will and Testament (“Will”) must name a personal representative (sometimes called an executor).  The person you name as the personal representative has no authority to act for you, until they are appointed […]

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 […]

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.   […]

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 affect their children’s inheritance. Some of my younger clients would rather not […]

Frequently Asked Legal Questions

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 […]

Reasons Why To Reelect Tamra K Waltemath To The Board Of Directors For United Power

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, […]

Legal Guardians

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 […]

Make Your Wishes Clear While You Are Well

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 To Choose An Elder Law Attorney

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 […]

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 […]


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