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How Seniors Can Protect Themselves Against Identity Theft

February 15, 2020
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According to the 2019 Identity Fraud Study, conducted and released by Javelin Strategy & Research, there were 14.4 million cases of identity theft in the United States in 2018. While this number is down from 2017’s record-high 16.7 million victims, the out-of-pocket financial burden suffered by victims of identity theft in 2018 was $1.7 billion, more than double that of previous years.

Most at risk for identity theft are seniors and children, with seniors accounting for well over a quarter of all fraud complaints and nearly…

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Do You Have a Living Will?

January 16, 2020
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A Living Will with a Stethoscope and PenWhat is a Living Will?

A living will is an estate planning document that details what actions should be taken in cases where severe injury, illness, or disease has rendered a person incapable of making his or her own decisions and the condition is terminal and not reversible. In Colorado, a…

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Legal Issues That Can Arise After a Construction Project Is Completed

December 23, 2019
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Man pulling out own hair at apparent ineptitude of construction workerThere can be a number of issues that arise while a project is in construction. Once it’s finished, however, the hope is that all of those issues have been worked out and the project will not need to be updated, modified, or fixed for several years. This is, unfortunately, not always the case.

Common…

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The Importance of Estate Planning for LGBTQ Individuals

November 19, 2019
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Gay couple with children hiking in the woodsEstate planning allows you to decide exactly what you would like done with your assets when you pass. Typically, estate planning will include the creation of documents that clearly define your wishes following death. Taking time to make these plans can also help to minimize disagreement and quarreling after your passing and can help in…

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How to Pay for Assisted Living and Nursing Home Care

November 11, 2019
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Older couple looking over financesAccording to SeniorLiving.Org, the average yearly cost of assisted living in Colorado is $48,750. For a private room in a nursing home in Colorado, that cost skyrockets to $108,000 a year – $94,704 if you are in a shared room.

The average Social Security benefits amount is…

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The Challenges of Putting a Parent in Long Term Care

October 28, 2019
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According to data gathered by the Family Caregiver Alliance, one in three adults over the age of 65 will require nursing home care at some point. This places many spouses and adult children in the often uncomfortable position of choosing a suitable long term care facility for an aging parent – a task that is not always as straightforward as one might hope.

It can be very helpful to work with an experienced elder law attorney when choosing a facility to ensure that you and your parents remain protected against common missteps.

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Estate Planning For Blended Families

October 07, 2019
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Between 40 and 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. A majority of people who undergo divorce eventually marry again. This can create unforseen problems when planning an estate.

What is a Blended Family?

Blended families commonly include:

  • Married couples in which one or both partners have children from outside the current marriage
  • Families with children who have children with more than one partner
  • Families with children whose spouses have children from outside of the marriage

While a growing family can bring joy and opportunity for bonding with children and grandchildren who are not related by blood, it can also bring…

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What Questions Should I Ask My Elder Law Attorney?

September 24, 2019
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Elder Law Book with Gavel Elder law attorneys focus on the unique needs of older adults, handling issues as diverse as estate planning, retirement, health care, guardianship, and long-term care planning. When selecting an attorney for concerns specific to seniors…

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What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

August 21, 2019
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Durable power of attorney formA durable power of attorney is an essential legal document that should be completed during the estate planning process. This document gives a designated agent the authority to make financial and medical decisions on your behalf in the event of your incapacitation. The most significant…

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Estate Planning for Young Parents

July 23, 2019
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It’s common for new parents to postpone estate planning. You may think that you are too young and healthy to worry about it. The process may seem expensive and intimidating. Or, like many young couples, you may not see the benefits of estate planning. There are numerous reasons why people tend to overlook this important task.

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