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Which Bank Deserves Your Money

A father who lived in Colorado named his son, who lives out of state, as personal representative of his will. The father had a safe deposit box in Colorado, and after his death the bank insisted that the son was the only person who could access the safe deposit box, and that he must travel across the country to do so. The bank would not allow the son to authorize his sister, who lived in Colorado, to access the account. The paperwork that the bank demanded showed their ignorance of both the situation and Colorado law, and eventually the son had to hire Karen to correct the miscommunication with the bank.

Family Conflict in Estate Planning

Communication between family members can be difficult even under the best of circumstances. No matter how much we love and want to support each other, it can be easy for old baggage and disagreements to get in the way. Unfortunately, estate planning often does not occur under the best of circumstances, so it came as no surprise to us that a recent survey identified family conflict as the biggest threat to estate planning.

Common Legal Myths About Estate Planning

It is vital for all American adults to take a more proactive approach to their legacy. All adults need to start estate planning well in advance when they are still in a good state of mind to do so. You need to protect your assets and finances so you can pass down important items to your children and other loved ones. 

Legacy, Heritage, and Family

When a client comes into Karen's office for the first time, she asks them to consider their heritage. As she likes to say, your heritage is someone else's legacy. Estate planning, for Karen, is about the connection between generations and the memories we leave with one another.

Sponsoring Jefferson County Triad

Previous posts have touched on Karen's support of local and global nonprofits. Karen feels strongly about giving back to the community and has always been a vocal supporter, in particular, of her local senior communities. As an attorney emphasizing estate planning, Karen has the privilege of hearing many personal stories from clients about concerns and priorities among the senior citizens of Colorado. Her passion for senior issues is more than just professional, however. Promoting the physical and mental health of senior citizens is important for any healthy community.

Alyssa Gilderhus' Escape from Mayo Clinic Brings Guardianship into National Spotlight

guardianshipSometimes the news brings into focus the need for estate planning even when you "don't have an estate." This news story about a teen who alleges she was denied the ability to choose her caregivers or even leave the hospital is one example. It happened last year and did not happen here in Colorado, but these sort of things happen in too many places too often.

HBO Sheds Light on Dangers of Guardianship of the Elderly

guardianship-elder-abuse-hbo-3.jpgOn June 3, 2018, John Oliver, Lily Tomlin, William Shatner, and others spent some time on Oliver's show Last Week Tonight addressing a decidedly unfunny topic: Guardianship. If you didn't see it, you can find it here. The piece has gotten some attention elsewhere in the media, including TIME magazine.

Proud Grandparent? How to Divide Assets Among Your Grandchildren

If you're a grandparent with a large family, you likely take pride in all your grandchildren. As part of your estate plan, you may want to divide your finances and property among those grandkids.

Single Parents and Estate Planning

One thing that single parents in Colorado should make a priority is estate planning. Even though the thought of not being around for their kids is not a pleasant one, the idea of having the courts choose someone random to raise their kids is even more distressing. Careful consideration should be given to the distant future so they can make plans to protect their children. 

How Can I Create a Bulletproof Estate Plan?

As a lifelong resident of Colorado, it is not enough for you to just create a will to protect your assets. You need to make sure your plans are dispute proof. Rushing through the estate planning process can lead to mistakes that can result in your final wishes being ignored. 

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