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Estate planning attorney based in Colorado

Estate Planning Attorney Colorado

Estate planning attorneys at Josh Krieg Law Firm are committed to guiding you with expertise and care. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive approach to helping you reach your legal and financial goals. Whether you need help with your creating wills or trusts, business, or your estate or tax liabilities, we can help. Call now 970-420-7491.

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Estate planning involves the process of carefully preparing and planning how to pass on assets and wealth after someone dies. It’s a crucial part of financial planning by making sure loved ones are taken care of and assets are distributed as the person desires. No matter a person’s age, if they’re married, or how much property they own, estate planning is important.  In the absence of an estate plan, the distribution of assets is determined by state laws, potentially resulting in conflicts among family members. Additionally, without clear instructions, the estate may incur higher attorney fees due to a prolonged probate process, adding further stress and expenses for those involved.

At the Law Office of Josh Krieg, our focus is on designing personalized estate plans that address your specific situation and desires. Our team will collaborate closely with you, taking the time to thoroughly understand your goals, concerns, and priorities. By working together, we will craft a detailed estate plan that not only aligns with your objectives but also provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Important Documents in an Estate Plan

An estate plan typically includes a collection of legal documents and directives. Below are documents commonly utilized in an estate plan:

  • Last Will & Testament: a legally binding document detailing an individual’s desires concerning the allocation of their assets following their passing.
  • Trust: a legally binding arrangement in which a trustee holds and oversees assets on behalf of beneficiaries in accordance with the provisions outlined in the trust document.
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney: enables an individual to appoint another person to make medical decisions on their behalf in the situation where they are unable to make decisions for themselves.
  • General Power of Attorney: grants an individual the power to represent another in legal and financial affairs. A general power of attorney typically offers extensive authority, permitting actions such as overseeing investments, managing bank accounts and executing contracts.
  • Living Will: commonly referred to as an advance directive or healthcare directive, a living will enables individuals to outline their preferences concerning medical care and end-of-life decisions.

Commonly Asked Questions

  1. What happens if I don’t have an estate plan? If you don’t have an estate plan, your assets may be distributed according to state laws rather than your preferences.
  2. Do I need an estate plan if I don’t have many assets? Yes, having an estate plan is important regardless of the number of assets you possess. It ensures that your wishes are carried out regarding the distribution of your belongings and provides instructions for medical care and financial decisions in case of incapacity.
  3. How often should I update my estate plan? It’s recommended to review it whenever significant life events happen, such as a change in marital status, inheriting a large estate, or the arrival of a newborn.
  4. Is estate planning only about creating a will? No, it encompasses multiple documents each playing a role in managing your assets and family matters.
  5. What is probate and how can I avoid it? Probate is the legal process through which a deceased person’s assets are distributed to beneficiaries. Probate can be avoided by creating an estate plan that includes tools like trusts, joint ownership, beneficiary designations and gifting strategies.

Understanding Power of Attorney Documents: Types and Meanings

The legal world often requires the use of instruments that empower individuals to make decisions on behalf of others. For example, a power of attorney is a legal document that grants authority to a designated person, known as the agent, to act on behalf of another individual, referred to as the principal. Different forms of power of attorney documents, including general power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney and financial power of attorney, each entail specific rights and obligations.

Two Widely Used Power of Attorneys: Financial and Healthcare

Healthcare Power of Attorney: Making Decisions When You Can’t: A healthcare power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event of your incapacitation. The designated agent acts as your advocate and ensures the principal’s medical preferences and best interests are upheld. The agent would work with healthcare professionals to make informed decisions regarding treatments, surgeries, medications, and other healthcare matters. Through the appointment of a healthcare power of attorney, peace of mind is achieved for the principal as they can be assured that a trusted individual will make healthcare decisions on their behalf in difficult circumstances.

Understanding the Scope of a Financial Power of Attorney: A financial power of attorney grants the designated agent the authority to handle various financial matters on behalf of the principal. Under a financial power of attorney, the agent is typically entrusted with a range of financial tasks. The agent may have the authority to deposit or withdraw funds, write checks and manage investments on behalf of the principal. In addition, the agent may be authorized to enter contracts, negotiate financial agreements, and engage in business dealing, all with the principal’s interests in mind. It is essential for the principal to carefully consider the extent of financial powers granted to the agent to ensure that the agent acts in accordance with the principal’s intentions and best interests.

Creating Your Estate Plan

The Law Office of Josh Krieg, LLC is committed to providing comprehensive estate planning services, including guidance and support for inquiries regarding current or prospective power of attorney documents. With a physical location in Fort Collins, Colorado, we are pleased to offer full remote services to clients throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Through secure online platforms and virtual consultations, distance is not a barrier to receiving personalized and expert legal assistance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and experience our professional and personalized approach to the law.

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