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November 2017 Archives

About legacy planning

Colorado residents may already be aware that estate planning can be used to make sure that assets are managed according to specific wishes. If individuals want to ensure that they leave behind a certain type of legacy, however, they should understand the principle behind legacy planning.

How probate may impact smaller estates

There are many reasons why a person in Colorado would not want to go through the probate process. Regardless of how large or small an estate is, there may be ways to help a person accomplish that goal. For instance, using a transferable on death (TOD) deed could turn homes into assets that don't have to go through probate.

Divorce creates urgent need to update estate plans

The estate plans of people in Colorado often include spouses as beneficiaries. A divorce filing, however, triggers the need for people to review the terms of their estate plans in light of the ending relationship. Sudden death or incapacity could cause an ex-spouse to receive distributions or even be in charge of someone's medical decisions.

How decanted trusts work

Decanting a trust refers to creating a second trust to revise the terms of an irrevocable trust. Under the original terms of an irrevocable trust, the assets are moved completely out of the control of the grantor and the trust cannot be altered or canceled. However, 25 states now allow decanting of an irrevocable trust, and Colorado is one of them.

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