At The Osterman Law Firm, we understand that you may have some initial research that you want to complete so that you can be as educated as possible about your estate planning needs before you speak with an attorney. Educated clients are partners in achieving the best possible estate-planning results, so we’ve put together some select resources from the Colorado Bar Association for you to review before giving us a call. 

What is an Estate Plan? We’ve all heard the term, but what does it mean exactly? Click here to find out more information about all of the aspects of estate planning in Colorado.

What is a Will? A will is the most common estate-planning tool. It tells people what you want to happen with your assets upon your death. Learn more about when a will is important in Colorado here.

What is a Living Trust?  A trust can be an effective estate-planning tool for preserving wealth and avoiding some types of taxes. For more information on Colorado trusts, click here.

What is Colorado Probate? Simply put, probate is the process of distributing a person’s possessions after death. For individuals with complex estates, this process can become equally complex. Learn more about the Colorado Probate process here.

What is Joint Tenancy?  Joint tenancy is a way of owning real or personal property by two or more individuals. Joint tenancy can have important implications when it comes to taxes and probate. Click here to learn more about joint tenancy in Colorado.

What are Advance Medical Directives? Advance Medical Directives allow you to pre-determine how you will be cared for in the event that you become unable to make decisions for yourself. Find out more about Colorado Advance Medical Directives here.

What are Financial Powers of Attorney?  Like other Powers of Attorney, this document enables you to assign an agent to act on your behalf on certain enumerated matters. Learn more here about Colorado Financial Powers of Attorney.

What is a Parenting Plan? A parenting plan is a written document that serves as an agreement as to how children’s needs will be taken care of. For more information about parenting plans in Colorado, click here.

What do I do if Someone Dies? Coping with the loss of a loved one can be difficult and confusing. For a better understanding of the steps you should take when someone dies, click here.

How do I Choose and Use a Lawyer? Let’s face it, there are a lot of Denver estate planning attorneys out there and it’s hard to know what to look for. This guide can help you better understand how to choose and use an estate planning attorney in Colorado.

What is the Colorado Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act? The Colorado Designated Beneficiary Agreements allows two unmarried people to agree in writing that they want each other to have legal rights, benefits, and protections to make certain decisions about each other’s health care and estate administration. Learn more about this important Act here.

So now you’re an agent for someone who has passed, or who is incapacitated in some way. What do you do now? Below are links to helpful guides that will provide information as to what your rights and obligations are as an agent.

So Now You Are An Agent Under Financial Power Of Attorney

So Now You Are A Conservator

So Now You Are A Guardian

So Now You Are A Personal Representative

So Now You Are A Trustee