Asset Protection Planning
Americans are now more concerned than ever about protecting their assets from creditor claims, taxes, divorce and other disasters. Are you getting married and have children from a prior marriage or separate property assets you are bringing into the marriage? Do you have rental properties or employees? If so, then it is important to learn how to protect these invaluable assets with proper asset protection planning in order to ensure that they will be safe for generations.
It’s never too early to make a plan for the future. When you have medical conditions or are elderly, it can be difficult to know who will take care of you if you become unable to do so yourself. This is why estate planning is essential – through thoughtful preparation and the use of legal services such as those from Colorado Wills and Estates, anyone can name a guardian ahead of time in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from unnecessary stress and court proceedings.
Estate Administration Services
The death of a loved one is difficult and stressful. It’s an emotional time, where the need for legal advice is often overlooked or ignored, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through this alone. The process of estate administration must be handled with care and it will help if you work together with your Personal Family Lawyer® who can guide you through the process so that all assets are transferred as directed by your loved one in his or her trust documents (if any) and other wishes.
Do you know what would happen to your money and assets if something unexpected happened to you? If not, it’s time for an estate plan. It’s a process that lays out how your assets will be distributed after you die. Think of it like a roadmap for your family as they navigate the unknown territory of life without you. Get started by reading through this article and filling out our online form so we can send over personalized information specific to your situation. If you have an estate plan and it’s out of date, your assets could be lost to the State Department of Unclaimed Property, or to an unnecessary Court process.
Estate Tax Protection
During your life, you pay all kinds of taxes: income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and so on. And at the end, the government even wants to tax you on the assets you have left at your death. Families with high-value estates face several complex legal and tax issues—and the estate tax is only one of them. At Colorado Wills and Estates, we offer a number of advanced estate planning strategies that are primarily aimed at reducing a family’s tax burden.
69% of parents have not named legal guardians for their children. Of the 31% who have, most have made one of 6 common mistakes when naming a legal guardian. Consider taking the very first step that every parent must have in place (no matter whether you have $1 or $10 million), and name legal guardians for your children for the long-term.
Planning For Your Children
Having a will alone simply does not ensure the care of your kids If the unthinkable happens to you! Your estate plan must begin with ensuring your children would always be taken care of by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what happens. At Colorado Wills and Estates, one of our areas of greatest expertise is in planning for the well-being and care of the children you love.
Probate in Colorado is a court-supervised procedure that helps to ensure the legal transfer of assets from the deceased to the rightful heirs or beneficiaries. It tends to be very expensive, it’s time-consuming, and it’s also a public process. The easiest way to avoid the probate process is to put a plan in place that protects you and your loved ones from court and from conflict.
Special Needs Planning
An effective estate plan needs to be tailored to your needs. Estate planning for a family with special needs children comes with a complex set of financial, social, and medical issues that some lawyers are ill-equipped to handle. We offer a variety of estate planning tools and strategies designed to accommodate the unique circumstances presented by children with special needs and their families in Colorado.
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