Safe Deposit Boxes

Safe Deposit Boxes: Advice from a Denver Probate Attorney
If you were to ask one hundred people on the street in Denver the safest place to store valuables and important papers, a majority would probably answer, “a safe deposit box.” In many ways, they’d be right. A safe deposit box located in a bank has security that no homeowner could begin to duplicate. However, “safest” doesn’t always equal “best.” (more…)

Social Media: What Happens After You Die?

Social Media: What Happens to Your Online Presence After You Die?
When we die, we leave all kinds of things behind: our loved ones, our possessions, and memories in the minds of those who knew us while we lived. Increasingly, those memories exist not just in the minds of individuals, but  online in our activity on social media. (more…)

When and How to Contest a Colorado Will

When and How to Contest a Colorado Last Will and Testament
As difficult as it is when a loved one dies, that pain can be compounded when you discover that your loved one’s ​Last Will and Testament didn’t say what you thought it did. Sometimes there’s nothing you can, or should, do about a will that contains surprising or disappointing provisions. (more…)

Why do I need a Gun Trust?

All NFA items must be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Individual owners wishing to purchase an NFA item must obtain approval from the ATF by obtain a signature from the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) who is the county sheriff or city or town chief of police, pass an extensive background check to include submitting a photograph and fingerprints, fully register the firearm, receive ATF written permission before taking possession of, or moving the firearm across state lines, and pay a tax.  A GUNLOCKER TRUST™ will not allow you to avoid taxes; it does make every other aspect of acquiring, owning, and transferring your NFA firearm much simpler. (more…)

Avoiding Probate in Colorado

Everyone has heard the expression, “You can’t take it with you.” The fact is that nearly everyone who dies in Colorado leaves some property behind; there’s little choice in that matter. There is, however, choice in how that property is left, and the choices you make could help your loved ones to bypass the Colorado probate process. (more…)

Probating A Colorado Estate

In a previous blog post, we discussed the three types of Colorado probate estates: small estates, informal  probate, and formal probate. But what are the actual steps one takes to probate a decedent’s estate in the state of Colorado? Family members are often unsure of where to start, and, when they’re grieving, taking care of complex or confusing legal matters is the last thing they feel like doing. This article offers guidance on how to get started. (more…)

Colorado Probate 101: The Basics

The probate process in Colorado can be relatively straightforward and brief, or long, drawn-out, and complex. It can also fall between those two extremes, of course. The length and complexity of the Colorado probate process depends on a number of factors, including the number and type of assets in the probate estate; whether or not there is a valid will (or “last will and testament”); and whether any will contests are expected. (more…)

What To Do When A Loved One Dies In Colorado

The death of a loved one is never easy. The need to manage practical and legal matters in the wake of a loved one’s death is made more difficult by grief. It’s helpful to have an understanding about what needs to happen following the death of a loved one. If you have a Colorado probate attorney, he or she can offer you additional guidance and answer any questions you may have. (more…)

Do It Yourself?

Whether you are looking to do research, self-diagnose yourself with an illness, or prepare legal documents, the Internet makes it seemingly easy to take on a do-it-yourself approach to multiple tasks. (more…)

What is a Gun Trust?

Firearms are special tools.  We use them for sport, protection, to collect, to display, and even for investment purposes.  A purpose-built GUNLOCKER TRUST™ helps safeguard you from the risks associated with owning and transferring firearms to others such as your beneficiaries.  GUNLOCKER TRUST™ protects your privacy, property, family and friends. (more…)


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