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

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

Why is a Durable Power of Attorney Necessary?

Sometimes I am asked what planning documents are most important, and people are often surprised when I first mention the need for powers of attorney. A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that appoints a person to act as your “agent” in your absence or when you are unable to act for yourself. Depending upon how the document is drafted your agent can be authorized to make financial and health care decisions for

Planning for Incapacity

Most individuals plan for death, or believe they have been adequately planning for death. But, very few individuals address the potential that they will become incapacitated. If an individual does not plan ahead for incapacity, the result is often an expensive guardianship where the court and the person’s family has the final say. Every adult person should have valid advanced directives and keep their important personal, health and financial information in a location that is

Parenting the Second Time Around

My friend Mary and her new husband were on their honeymoon when social services called to tell her that her infant granddaughter needed immediate placement, unless “grandma was willing to step up, the child would be placed in foster care”. That was 10 years ago, they are all doing well, but life changed overnight for this newly married couple who thought they would retire in a few years. Life is what happens when you are