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Estate Planning Law Firm

Trust and Estate Planning Attorney

Estate planning is an important process that involves making decisions about how your assets will be managed and distributed after death. Whether you're concerned about the well-being of your beneficiaries, minimizing taxes, or ensuring your wishes are carried out after your death, we can work together to create an estate plan that meets your unique needs and goals.


Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys

Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota Service Areas

Estate planning involves strategizing for the transfer of one’s assets, property, and wealth following their passing. It constitutes a vital component of financial planning, ensuring that beneficiaries are cared for and assets are distributed according to the individual’s desires. Regardless of one’s age, marital status, or the extent of their estate, estate planning remains vital. Absent an estate plan, asset distribution follows state intestacy laws, potentially leading to unintended consequences like family disputes, excessive taxes, and a challenging probate process.

At the Law Office of Josh Krieg, we specialize in crafting tailored estate plans to fit your unique circumstances and situation. Our experienced team understands that every individual’s needs and goals are different. Whether you’re looking to protect your assets, provide for your loved ones, or minimize tax liabilities, we’re here to help. We’ll work closely with you to design a comprehensive estate plan that reflects your wishes and ensures peace of mind for the future.

Fundamentals of an Estate Plan

An estate plan typically consists of a set of essential documents designed to safeguard your assets and ensure your wishes are carried out effectively. An estate plan may include the following documents:

  • Last Will & Testament: a legal document that outlines an individual’s wishes regarding the distribution of their assets after death.
  • Trust: a legal document where a trustee holds and manages assets on behalf of trust beneficiaries according to the terms specified in the trust document.
  • Medical Power of Attorney: allows an individual to designate someone else to make medical decisions on their behalf in the event they become incapacitated and are unable to make decisions for themselves.
  • General Power of Attorney: allows an individual the authority to act on behalf of another person in various legal and financial matters. A general power of attorney document typically provides broad powers, allowing a person to take actions such as managing investments and bank accounts, and signing contracts.
  • Living Will: also known as an advance directive or healthcare directive, is a legal document that allows individuals to specify their wishes regarding medical treatment and end-of-life care.

Navigating Family Dynamics With Your Estate Plan

Estate planning is important not only for safeguarding finances but also for managing family dynamics. Without a clear plan, conflicts over asset allocation can arise among family members. Comprehensive estate plans are especially important for blended families and those with complex family structures, ensuring fair distribution of assets and minimizing disputes. In situations where disinheriting a family member is necessary, a detailed estate plan can implement those wishes, protecting the estate and its beneficiaries. By addressing potential family conflicts upfront, estate planning can promote family cohesion and ensure a smooth distribution process.

One significant aspect of estate planning involves making provisions for the care and guardianship of minor children in the event of the parents’ incapacity or passing. By appointing a guardian through the estate plan, individuals can ensure that their children are cared for by someone they trust and who shares their values and parenting philosophies. This not only provides peace of mind for the parents but also minimizes the potential for disputes among family members over guardianship.

Similarly, estate planning allows individuals to create care plans for elderly or disabled family members, ensuring that their needs are met and their quality of life is maintained even after the individual’s incapacity or passing. This may involve specifying the type of care desired, identifying responsible caregivers, and setting aside funds or resources to cover medical expenses and long-term care. By addressing these matters in advance, individuals can alleviate the burden on their loved ones and prevent conflicts over caregiving responsibilities.

Estate planning also provides an opportunity to outline instructions for the management of family businesses or properties, particularly in cases where multiple family members are involved. By establishing clear guidelines for decision-making, succession planning, and conflict resolution, individuals can prevent disputes among family members and ensure the continued success and sustainability of the family enterprise. This may involve creating a buy-sell agreement, designating roles and responsibilities for family members, and implementing mechanisms for resolving disagreements.

Estate planning extends beyond physical assets to include the management and distribution of digital assets. From cryptocurrencies and online accounts to digital photo libraries and intellectual property, ensuring the proper handling of these assets is part of a comprehensive estate plan. Our team provides strategies to safeguard and manage your digital estate, offering peace of mind in knowing that your online legacy is protected and passed on according to your wishes.

Efficient & Effective Estate Planning: Our Process

Our estate planning process is simple yet adaptable, tailored to your unique needs and circumstances to ensure comprehensive protection and peace of mind.

1.) Initial Consultation – we start by understanding your personal situation and circumstances in a detailed consultation. Through open communication and detailed discussion, we lay the foundation for a collaborative and personalized estate planning process that is flexible and responsive to your needs.

2.) Custom Plan Creation: Following the initial consultation, we will begin working on your custom estate plan which will include the drafting of various estate planning documents, typically including wills, trusts, and other essential legal instruments.

3.) Review and Adjustments: Following the creation of your custom estate plan, we conduct a thorough review process to ensure its accuracy and alignment with your wishes. Throughout this review, we maintain open communication, discussing any potential adjustments or modifications that may be necessary. Whether it involves updating beneficiary designations, refining language in legal documents or addressing any new considerations that have arisen, we are committed to making the necessary adjustments to ensure our plan remains comprehensive and effective.

4.) Document Execution: Once you have reviewed and approved your custom estate plan, we proceed with the formal signing of the documents to bring your estate plan into effect.

The Law Office of Josh Krieg, LLC is available to offer assistance for inquiries regarding a current estate plan or the establishment of a new estate plan. We understand the intricacies and significance of estate planning and we are committed to offering the guidance and expertise required. With a physical location in Fort Collins, Colorado, we are pleased to offer full remote services to clients throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and experience our professional and personalized approach to the law.  

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Get in Touch

Haven’t updated your plan in a while or need to start? Contact our Fort Collins estate planning lawyers whether you are a local or from one of the states we work with. We offer friendly and tailored services to suit you. We’ll take the time to fully understand your situation and provide clear, honest advice on the best options for you. For more information, just give us a call at 970-420-7491.