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Estate planning lessons learned from Aretha Franklin's estate

Once the dust settles and the family begins to accept the fact that their loved one  has died, the next step often is to begin the process of settling the estate. Hopefully, the Colorado resident left a will and other relevant estate planning documents in a readily accessable location. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and the family must begin and extensive search for the important documents.

Individual desires and estate planning

There are some things that Colorado families simply do not talk about with those outside of the immediate family. For some, these things may include politics, religion and finances. For others, it may be the wayward child or long-lost relative. Regardless, when it comes to estate planning, some of these issues will need to be addressed when meeting with one's attorney.

Thinking of giving to charity in your estate plan? Ask yourself these questions

Whether you have an estate plan in place or are just beginning to think about how to distribute your assets, charitable giving has probably crossed your mind. Supporting a cause you believe in is, to be sure, a worthy endeavor. However, it's reasonable to be unsure of where to begin.

Advance medical directives, dementia and Alzheimer's

For some Colorado residents, the thought of developing dementia or Alzheimer's is a frightening possibility. Unfortunately, this can become a reality. Although there is currently no cure, there are steps that can be taken now to direct the treatment he or she wishes to receive after the ability to make such decisions has passed. Along with open, honest discussions with one's family and physicians, the use of advance medical directives can be beneficial to all involved.

Do you believe these estate planning myths?

A substantial amount of misinformation is floating around regarding a number of topics. While some myths and falsehoods, like which celebs may be getting divorced, may have no major bearing on Colorado residents' lives, some incorrect information could result in unnecessary difficulties for individuals or their families. For instance, there are certain misconceptions about estate planning that many people mistakenly believe.

One's estate planning needs may change over time

Life is full of changes. What was important to the Colorado resident in his or her 20s is probably very different from what is important as that individual ages. Families and finances change over time.  As a result, it is often necessary to make changes to your estate plan. 

Estate planning and digital accounts

In today's world, almost every household has one or more computers. These devices have made life simpler in many ways. For example, the Colorado resident can pay bills, make purchases and communicate with friends and family without leaving the comfort of the recliner. However, this change in lifestyle has also made estate planning more challenging in some ways.

Family issues can cause trouble with estate planning efforts

The process of making important financial and legal decisions regarding the future is not easy. It can be especially difficult when a Colorado family is dealing with personal conflict and other issues that can complicate the estate planning process. Navigating difficult family dynamics while trying to make plans for the future can add stress to an already emotional and sometimes complicated process.

Estate planning: Benefits of using revocable trusts

Each family in Colorado has its own needs, goals and concerns when it comes to how assets will be passed on in the event of the primary benefactor's death. While wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives are an important aspect of an estate plan, another useful estate planning tool is the revocable trust. The following details some of the benefits of using this instrument.

Secrets can be an estate planning concern

Secrets are by definition meant to be kept confidential. Yet, when these secrets involve an individual's assets and the individual dies, these secrets can be cause for concern. While keeping certain information regarding assets secret may be preferred by the deceased, that information should be accessible as part of  the Colorado resident's estate planning. As the executor of an estate, one may discover that the deceased did not disclose his or her entire estate in the will or other estate planning documents. This can leave the executor struggling to piece together information so as to properly account for and dispose of assets.

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