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What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will?

A will is the roadmap that directs what happens to someone’s probate assets when they die.  The will also nominates a personal representative to administer the estate.  But what happens when someone dies “intestate,” or without a will?  In those situations, the Colorado Probate Code directs who inherits from the estate and who has priority … Continue Reading

Special Needs Trust: Farrah Soudani – Fundraising Press Release

Farrah Soudani Irrevocable Special Needs Trust Press Release VOLUNTEER RAISES MORE THAN $150,000 FOR FRIEND’S DAUGHTER, CRITICALLY INJURED IN AURORA SHOOTING Money will help Farrah Soudani pay for her medical expenses and continued care WHAT: A press conference with Farrah’s mother, Heidi Soudani and Farrah’s father, Sam Soudani, to thank University of Colorado Hospital, doctors, … Continue Reading

Joint Revocable Living Trust

Joint Revocable Living Trusts: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly A revocable living trust is an estate planning tool that basically serves as one’s “alter ego” during lifetime, holding legal title to assets but having no separate tax identity. The creator of the trust, known as the “grantor,” “settlor” or “trustor,” also typically serves … Continue Reading

Marketability Issues of Titles Held by Trusts and Trustees

This article was originally published in The Colorado Lawyer, Vol.29, No. 8, August 2000. The Colorado statutes discussed in this article have been changed since the article was published. This article should be consulted as historical background only. Please also see related article:  “Trusts and Titles New Colorado Law” The revocable living trust has become … Continue Reading

Choosing a Fiduciary for Your Will or Trust

For most people, selecting the “right” person to take care of one’s minor children or property after death is the most agonizing feature of estate planning. This problem should not prevent you from signing a will or moving forward with other necessary estate planning, however. You need to have a will in place because the … Continue Reading