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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ten Fun Facts About Estate Planning!


1. In 1829, James Smithson created the Smithsonian Institution through a bequest in his last will and testament.
2. The longest will ever probated was 1,066 pages and 95,940 words. An English woman, Frederica Evelyn Stilwell Cook, holds this record.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Equifax Hack and Preventing Identity Theft


Identity theft is a real threat and a burdensome problem. About 17 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014; two-thirds of those victims reported direct financial losses (Bureau of Justice Statistics). A recent hack of extremely sensitive information could affect as many as 143 million people in the United States.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Linda on Law Line 9


Linda is passionate about providing legal information and education to the community. In addition to her regularly scheduled classes, Linda donates her legal expertise to Law Line 9--an advice line for legal problems provided by a local Denver news channel.

"Linda is passionate about providing legal information and education to the community. In addition to her regularly scheduled classes, Linda donates her legal expertise to Law Line 9--an advice line for legal problems provided by a local Denver news channel."
"Linda is passionate about providing legal information and education to the community.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

What is estate planning?


      Estate planning is a process designed to allow you to control your property while you are alive and well; a plan for yourself and your loved ones in the event of your disability; and, then give what you have, to whom you want, when you want, the way you want after your death.  We help co-create estate plans that embrace your vision, which include the creation of a legacy for your family, pets, and charity.
      Estate planning includes understanding the interaction between how you own your assets, beneficiary designations, and the legal documents that support your plan.
      It also includes the proper selection and appointment of "helpers" including personal representatives, trustees, agents, guardians for minors and caregivers for pets.
      Estate planning is not a one-time activity but instead a life-long commitment to creating an effective plan that contemplates the ongoing change experienced in your life, your legacy, the law and ultimately, your attorney's experience.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

What are your estate planning goals?

There are important factors that many people do not realize have an affect on their estate plan. Here are some questions you should ask yourself to help define your estate planning goals and objectives:

  • Do any of your children receive governmental support or benefits?
  • Do you provide primary or other major financial support to adult children or others?
  • Are you concerned about whether your heirs have the ability to manage or protect wealth?
  • Are there specific assets you’d like to give to certain individuals?
  • Are you concerned about trying to protect assets from a divorced spouse or a beneficiary’s future creditors?
  • Are there any charitable organizations you wish to support at the time of your death?
  • Do you have a pre- or post-marital agreement?

A qualified estate planning attorney will have the ability to sort through your goals and objectives and create the proper estate plan for your specific needs and situation. 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Everyone has an estate


Even if you're not wealthy, you have an estate and need a plan. An estate is everything you own when you die, including your home, personal property, investments, bank accounts, retirement plans and any interests in a business or partnership. If you don't have a will or living trust indicating who should get those assets, state law determines it for you.

In order to control the distribution of your assets at your death (and for many other reasons) you should create a comprehensive estate plan.  The type of plan you create can depend on many factors, including the types of assets you own, the beneficiaries you want to designate, i.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Do you have an iPhone? Did you know about this feature?


 Did you know the iPhone has an app called Medical ID so that you can save your important health information? Your Medical ID provides medical information about you that may be important in an emergency, like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency. You can create your Medical ID in the Health app that can be accessed without unlocking your iPhone. To set up your Medical ID:

  1. Open Health and tap Medical ID > Edit.
  2. Enter your emergency contacts and health information like your birthdate, height, and blood type.
  3. Turn on Show When Locked to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tax Season Issues


During tax season, it is good to remember the consequences of gifting during your lifetime and after death. An inheritance tax is a tax levied on people who inherit property or money. Colorado does not have an inheritance tax, however if you inherit from someone who lived in a state that does have an inheritance tax you may get a bill from that state. Nebraska, Iowa, New York and Oregon are among the fifteen states that currently impose a state inheritance tax. Inheritance taxes are levied on the transfer of assets to heirs, based on the relationship of the inheritor to the deceased; spouses, children, or siblings often have different exemptions.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Why I charge on a flat-fee basIs for estate planning


There are several ways that attorneys bill clients, two of the most common are hourly and flat-fee. Hourly billing means that you are billed for each segment of an hour your attorney or their staff work on your file including anything from phone calls to e-mails to meetings. This billing is typically done in tenth of an hour increments, often with a minimum of .2 or .25 (meaning you are billed for 12 or 15 minutes even if your attorney only spoke to you for 3 minutes on the phone).


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Why consider an IRA trust?


Individual Retirement Accounts (“IRAs”) were not originally designed to be wealth transfer vehicles. But effective January 1, 2003, the IRS issued Regulations with respect to the IRS code sections which create IRAs. The key aspect of the Regulations is that they now permit a non-spouse beneficiary to “stretch-out” the taxable required minimum distributions over his or her actuarial lifetime. The ability to compound the IRA investments, tax free, over a much longer period of time makes IRA’s now one of the most valuable assets when passing wealth down from generation to generation. This income tax stretchout can be obtained either by naming individuals as beneficiaries or by naming a trust as a beneficiary.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wills Don't Avoid Probate


There is a popular myth that a will helps avoid probate. This is one of the most common mistakes we encounter in estate planning. This mistake can easily be avoided with proper planning.

Probate is the court process that is used to transfer title of property from a deceased person to his or her heirs. Without a revocable living trust, all wills and intestate estates (when there is no will) must be probated (unless the deceased has $64,000 or less and no real property).


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