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Wills Archives

Some reasons why your will needs an update

Wills are an essential part of any estate plan. The will is a document that allows the grantor to pass on his or her earnings and assets over his or her lifetime to family members, loved ones and other beneficiaries. Without one, a person's estate goes through the traditional probate process as set by default rules and laws. This can lead to their last wishes not being fulfilled, or tax problems that could have been addressed otherwise.

How do I contest a will?

A loved one dies and you find out they left a will behind and named you as a beneficiary. If upon hearing the contents of the will you decide that you do not agree with it, you may be able to contest it. In Colorado, you are allowed to challenge a will if you stand to gain an inheritance. Challenging a will is not easy. However, if certain conditions are met, it can be done.

What is the difference between a last will and a living will?

If you're considering writing a will, you might be wondering what the difference is between a last will and a living will. Both of the terms are used frequently and are often used in the same context, which can be confusing when you're trying to plan for the future.

Undue influence and wills

Wills are an important part of estate planning. However, when there is suspicion of coercion or some other type of influence, a deceased person’s will can be challenged with a claim of undue influence. The burden of proof for this type of claim is high. According to The National Law Review, the law limits the time to file undue influence claims in Colorado to three years.

Divorce, wills and Colorado law

Divorce decrees do more than legally end marriages. They can drastically change the outcome of wills. Jefferson residents who don’t revise their wills and estate plans after divorce could have their estate distributed in ways they do not want.

Childless couples still need to create carefully crafted wills

For many families, the primary goal of estate planning is to pass on accumulated wealth to the next generation. That is not always the goal, however, especially for married couples in Colorado who do not have children. They also need to consider drafting wills and making plans for how their assets will be distributed upon death.

Can an interested party act as a witness to a will?

Though we'd like to think that our family members are all trustworthy and have our aging loved ones' best interests in mind, residents in Denver have probably heard a story or two about a family member who has taken advantage financially of an elderly family member. In some cases, this is done through power of attorney privileges, while in other cases, this is done through coercion or pressure to include certain provisions in a will.

Who can challenge a will, and why they could

Creating a will feels like a final move. It seems like something that, once written, can't be changed or challenged. And yet, both of those notions are untrue. After creating a will, the testator may decide to alter things about his or her will, may that change of heart occur months after the will is created or years later.

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