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Estate planning for an unknown future can be confusing and intimidating. For some, it’s morbid or simply unimportant. But, regardless of your age, the size of your estate, and the circumstances of your family creating or updating an estate plan is a practical way to establish your legacy, pass along your dreams, and help those you love. The Harris Law Firm is here to help you with every step.

Our estate planning lawyers serve individuals and families across Colorado in various estate planning matters. Our lawyers work personally with clients and make the estate planning process an understandable and approachable topic. As your partner in estate planning, our Colorado lawyers help you efficiently and effectively achieve your goals.

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Estate Planning in Colorado

What is an Estate Plan?

In Colorado, an estate plan is a comprehensive set of legal documents and arrangements designed to manage and distribute an individual's assets and affairs upon their death or incapacity. Estate planning allows individuals to dictate how their assets will be distributed, who will manage their affairs if they become incapacitated, and who will make medical decisions on their behalf. Additionally, estate planning can help minimize taxes, avoid probate, and protect assets for future generations.

Here are some common components of an estate plan in Colorado:

  • Last Will and Testament (Will): A legal document that outlines how a person's assets will be distributed upon their death. It may also designate guardianship for minor children and specify funeral arrangements.
  • Trusts: Trusts are legal arrangements where assets are held by a trustee for the benefit of beneficiaries. There are various types of trusts, including revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, and special needs trusts. Trusts can help manage assets during lifetime and after death, avoid probate, and provide for specific purposes such as education or charitable giving.
  • Durable Power of Attorney (POA): A document that appoints someone to manage financial and legal matters on behalf of the individual if they become incapacitated.
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney (Medical POA): This document appoints someone to make medical decisions on behalf of the individual if they are unable to do so themselves.
  • Living Will (Advance Directive): A document that outlines an individual's wishes regarding end-of-life medical treatment, such as whether they want life-sustaining treatment to be administered if they are terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state.
  • Beneficiary Designations: Designating beneficiaries for retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and other assets can help ensure those assets pass directly to the intended recipients without going through probate.
  • Letter of Intent: A non-legally binding document that provides guidance to executors, trustees, or guardians regarding the individual's wishes for the distribution of personal items, sentimental assets, or other matters not covered in legal documents.
  • Guardianship Designations: For parents of minor children, specifying guardianship preferences in case both parents are unable to care for their children.
  • Digital Estate Planning: Instructions for managing digital assets, such as online accounts, social media profiles, and cryptocurrencies, after the individual's death or incapacity.
  • Business Succession Planning: If the individual owns a business, estate planning can include provisions for the transfer of ownership and management to designated successors.

What Are the Benefits of an Estate Plan?

Having an estate plan offers numerous benefits, providing peace of mind and ensuring that your wishes are carried out both during your lifetime and after your passing. Here are some key advantages of having an estate plan:

  • Asset Distribution: One of the primary purposes of an estate plan is to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your death. Without a will or trust in place, state intestacy laws will dictate how your assets are distributed, which may not align with your preferences.
  • Avoiding Probate: Proper estate planning can help your assets bypass the probate process or minimize the assets subject to probate, saving time and money for your loved ones. Probate can be a lengthy and expensive legal process, but with careful planning, you can streamline the transfer of assets to beneficiaries.
  • Minimizing Taxes: Estate planning allows you to implement strategies to minimize estate taxes, gift taxes, and other taxes that may erode the value of your estate. Techniques such as establishing trusts, gifting assets, and utilizing tax exemptions can help reduce the tax burden on your heirs.
  • Protecting Beneficiaries: Through trusts and other estate planning tools, you can protect your beneficiaries from creditors, lawsuits, divorce settlements, and irresponsible spending. This ensures that your assets are preserved for their intended purposes, such as education, healthcare, or financial security.
  • Providing for Minor Children: Estate planning allows you to designate guardianship for your minor children in the event of your death or incapacity. You can also establish trusts to manage and distribute assets on behalf of minor children until they reach a certain age or milestone.
  • Healthcare and Financial Decisions: With advance directives such as healthcare powers of attorney and durable powers of attorney, you can appoint trusted individuals to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. This ensures that your preferences are followed and relieves your loved ones of the burden of making difficult decisions without guidance.
  • Maintaining Privacy: Unlike the public probate process, which exposes your financial affairs to the public record, certain estate planning tools such as trusts allow for private and confidential asset transfer. This can protect your family's privacy and avoid potential disputes among beneficiaries.
  • Business Continuity: For business owners, estate planning can include provisions for the orderly transfer of ownership and management of the business to designated successors, ensuring continuity and minimizing disruption in the event of your incapacity or death.

Overall, having an estate plan in place provides you with greater control over your assets, protects your loved ones, and ensures that your wishes are carried out according to your specific instructions. Consulting with an experienced estate planning attorney can help you navigate the complexities of estate planning and tailor a plan that meets your unique needs and goals.




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An Emphasis on Personal Service

Because every situation is unique, we take the time to get to know our clients in Colorado, the legacy they want to create, and the goals they wish to achieve. Our estate planning lawyers explain complex issues in understandable terms, discuss how they work for your situation, and help you explore your options. By making personal service a priority, our clients become a part of the process and feel empowered to make informed decisions about their futures.

Personalized counsel also aids our team in understanding the nuts and bolts of your estate and how to minimize tax burdens best, protect assets from creditors, and relieve your beneficiaries from having to endure the lengthy and time-consuming process of probate, will contests, and other litigated disputes.

With a team of advocates who draw from backgrounds in estate and tax planning, consumer law, elder law, and divorce, The Harris Law Firm has the insight and experience to serve as a guide in your estate planning journey in Colorado

Our estate planning lawyers believe the best estate plans are the ones you easily understand, have confidence in, and feel comfortable maintaining or modifying. We also believe estate planning should work continually for you and your family, whatever stage of your life.

And while estate planning certainly deals with incapacity and end-of-life decision-making, it can also be about creating an enduring legacy and a better future for those you love.

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Estate Planning Services After a Divorce

With decades in the family law business, The Harris Law Firms knows divorce redefines your finances, priorities, and goals.

After untangling your assets from that of a former spouse, it’s a worthwhile endeavor to create or update estate planning. This is both practical, as divorce has likely changed your financial picture and the property you own, and symbolic, as your fresh start can be an excellent opportunity to refocus on yourself and your future.

Whether you’re looking to create a will, establish trust, or plan for important events in the future, The Harris Law Firm is happy to discuss how we can help. Our estate planning attorneys serve clients statewide from offices in Denver, Englewood, Evergreen, Boulder, and Colorado Springs and are available to arrange a private consultation via phone or videoconferencing.


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