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Do you really need a trust?

Do you really need a trust?

I often craft estate plans without the use of a trust and achieve the exact same outcomes as if one was in place. Trusts in some circumstances are an added expense, unnecessary and over the top. My firm believes putting folks in a trust only if, it’s perfectly appropriate or absolutely needed. Whether a trust is appropriate or necessary depends on you and your families circumstances. Below is a list, à la Jeff Foxworthy, to see if a trust is…

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To Trust or Not To Trust

To Trust or Not To Trust

Under the appropriate circumstances, a revocable living trust is the perfect estate planning document. Sometimes, however they can be overkill or underused. Whether a trust is the right document for you depends much upon your assets and family circumstances. Also much depends on whether you as the maker and trustee are willing and able to do so. Here’s some things to consider before using one in your estate plan. A Trust Is Not A Will Replacement If you have a…

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Don’t Be Afraid of Estate Planning…

Don’t Be Afraid of Estate Planning…

All work and no estate plan makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no estate plan makes Jack a dull boy. I know estate planning ranks right up there with having a root canal. But, I do my best to make going through the haunted hotel of estate planning as painless as possible. The most difficult part for many is starting. And getting started is as simple as scheduling an initial consultation. During our consultation, I’ll ask you what…

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Disinherited Spouse And The Elective Share

Disinherited Spouse And The Elective Share

In Colorado, you can not disinherit a spouse. A surviving spouse omitted or disinherited from a will still has property rights in the estate. Sometimes omitting a spouse is intentional, sometimes negligent. Colorado law entitles a spouse to receive an elective share of the estate or to take against the will. Depending on the length of the marriage, the surviving spouse’s share is between 5% and 50% of the augmented estate. A spouse is defined as someone who is a…

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Joint Wills – Just Say No.

Joint Wills – Just Say No.

Once in a while a married couple will ask me about joint wills. A joint will is a single document signed by two people, usually leaving all of their assets to each other. When the surviving spouse dies the assets are then left to the children. Seems simple, and the easiest way draft an estate plan. This strategy it’s almost always a never a good idea. Problems with Joint Wills Since joint wills are binding contracts between two people, it…

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