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What to consider when aging parents live far away

The natural beauty of Colorado is undeniable and draws people from all parts of the country. But some children grow up and develop lives outside of the state, leaving their aging parents behind. When the parent of an adult child gets older, it may be difficult for the child to make continual trips to Colorado for welfare checks and doctors appointments.

Talking to your aging parents about the future

Are you uncomfortable talking to your parents about money, estate planning or death? Recently, this blog discussed how to talk to your adult children about your own death and their potential inheritances. Now it's time to switch it around to having "the talk" with your aging parents.

Changing your will requires revoking the old one

Earlier we talked about wills and their incredibly vital role in an estate plan. For the most part, wills do the heavy lifting of the estate planning process. But leaving a will as is and never updating it is a major problem. Without frequent updates, your will may not reflect your wishes or hopes for your estate anymore -- or it could fail to comply with state laws anymore. In other words, if you have a will, make sure to check up on it frequently and makes changes when necessary.

Having, and maintaining, your will is critical

In our last post, we talked about the need to create an estate plan, and how many people are adverse to the idea of getting started. This is understandable on the one hand, but on the other, your estate plan is a vital part of your life (and eventual death). Going without a solidified and legally compliant estate plan is dangerous, and it could leave your beneficiaries and family members without a clear path for acquiring family assets.

Alternatives to traditional estate planning documents

Estate planning might seem like a long, arduous and expensive undertaking. But in reality, this is hardly true. You don’t need a multi-million dollar estate to have a simple, yet logical, plan to distribute your assets when you pass away. Moreover, you don’t have to be intimidated by the prospect of spending thousands of dollars getting your affairs in order.

A clear and present copyright battle

Tom Clancy introduced the character of Jack Ryan more than thirty years ago. His novel launched not only his literary legacy, but also a cinematic franchise that started with The Hunt for Red October. Not long after, Clancy found himself in a battle with the publisher over using his very own creation in future novels and any subsequent movies.

College students and estate plans

The passing of Labor Day is certainly a milestone in our calendar; but it may mean different things to different people. For kids of all ages, it is the beginning of a new school year. Whether it is first grade or the first year of college, it is a time of new and indelible experiences.

What do you need to create an estate plan?

In a number of our posts, we have highlighted how people who take time to create and revise their estate plans can save a great deal of money in state and federal estate taxes. While this may be applicable to those who have estates in excess of $5 million or more, the majority of our readers may not be so wealthy.

Why are women's estate planning needs different from men's?

It's a generally accepted fact that women tend to live longer than men do. Women who marry older men are even more likely to outlive their husbands. This often means that women must be financially and mentally prepared to spend a number of years on their own.

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