Estate plans aren’t just for the wealthy

On June 27, 2012

Many Coloradans assume that if they haven’t acquired massive amounts of wealth, they have little need for an estate plan. But you don’t need to own a mansion, have a collection of vintage cars or even be considered wealthy to consider estate planning. Simply put, your estate is comprised of everything you own when you die. That includes your home and all of your personal property, plus the money in your bank accounts, your investments, retirement plan and any interests…
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Painter Thomas Kinkade’s handwritten wills to face heavy scrutiny

On June 21, 2012

Many Colorado residents may wonder what it takes for a hand-crafted will to be considered valid. Is a will that I type up and sign in my home office good enough? What if it’s handwritten? Is it valid if written under emotional duress or mental illness? These questions commonly arise in estate administration and planning. They’re also questions that have yet to be answered in the case of the late painter Thomas Kinkade, whose handwritten wills have provoked a bitter…
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Colorado ranch deaths point to importance of estate planning

On June 14, 2012

Anyone who has had the frustrating of experience of sorting out the estate of a family member who’s passed away knows the importance of telling loved ones your final wishes. Effective estate planning involving clear communication can help prevent the bitter feuds that develop among children and grandchildren after someone dies. In one recent case, it could have potentially saved lives. A family ranch about 30 miles southwest of Durango, Colorado, was not just the center of a family dispute…
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