Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in

Life Care Planning – A Fresh Approach to Elder Law

As we age we navigate many changes including social, work, physical, and financial to name a few.  We’ve become pretty good at addressing our physical, work and social opportunities. We might downsize to a smaller home as our children move out.  We may plan for retirement by considering volunteer and travel opportunities. We also connect with a doctor to identify ways to stay healthy.  As we are busy planning and enjoying the next phase of

When Do You Need A Guardianship Or Conservatorship In Colorado ?

Too often, individuals do not plan for illness or incapacity and have not executed proper medical or financial directives such as a durable medical power of attorney or a durable financial power of attorney. A power of attorney is a document that is executed by a competent person which gives a nominated agent the authority to manage all or some of a person’s medical or financial affairs. A power of attorney is “durable” if it

What Is A Living Will?

Colorado law[1] provides that any adult with decisional capacity may make advanced written decisions about the use of medical or surgical procedures when he or she has a terminal condition or is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). This written declaration is called a Declaration as to Medical Treatment and is commonly referred to as a Living Will. A Living Will is clear and convincing evidence of a person’s wishes regarding end of life decisions. 

Facing Conflict is a Healthy Choice?

Soon after four people in the mediated session sat down, they were wringing their hands with stress. Voices strained. The last months had literally brought headaches and sleepless nights for some. And now each was being asked by mediators to tell their story – to listen while others told things from their vantage point. It was not easy. But they had come too far to give up now. Conflict brings stress. The physical and mental

Avoid the Five Common Mistakes of Estate Planning

When – or if – people prepare for their death or disability, they often are unaware of the five common mistakes people generally make. A well-written estate plan helps you avoid those five mistakes. What are they? Mistake 1. Loss of control. Surprisingly, disability is more likely in the short term than death, so you also need to address what happens if you become disabled and cannot make medical or financial decisions. Do not assume