The idea of a "traditional family" is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Nearly every family has its own unique composition. Divorce or the loss of a spouse and a subsequent remarriage can mean that children with different parents become part of one large, blended family. In other cases, couples may decide that they do not want to enter into a legally recognized marriage. In some instances, individuals may be estranged from their blood relatives but nonetheless enjoy a familial relationship with others who they are not related to by blood.
All of the above examples can raise a number of different concerns when it comes to estate planning for blended families. At the Colorado Law Offices of Karen Brady, P.C., our firm's founder, attorney Karen L. Brady, has more than 20 years of legal experience helping blended and other nontraditional families help plan for the future. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us online or call 888-806-7304 to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.
Common Estate Planning Concerns For Blended Families
A number of concerns and challenges greet blended families when it comes to estate planning, including:
- The inadvertent disinheritance of children and stepchildren
- Delayed inheritance on behalf of children following the death of a parent's spouse
- Asset protection, especially when it comes to ex-spouses
- Disputes and legal challenges over a previous estate plan
The good news is that many of these challenges and concerns can be addressed before they turn into potential problems.
Helping You Plan For Your Family's Future
Whether a remarriage has turned you into a stepparent or if you simply wish to leave your assets to a person who is not a blood relative, we can help. If you have created an estate plan in the past, we can help you update your plan to reflect your current wishes and the needs of your family. If you have not set up an estate plan, it is never too early nor too late to start. Our lawyer will work closely with you to ensure that your desires are heard and your goals are met. We can also help you if you wish to change the beneficiaries of any insurance policies or retirement plans.
Contact Colorado Attorney Karen L. Brady For An Initial Consultation
From our Arvada law offices, we provide skilled legal representation for individuals and couples throughout the greater Denver area. Contact us online or call 888-806-7304 for an initial consultation to discuss your needs.