A common goal when planning for parents is “I want my kids to get along.”  Yet as estate and trust attorneys we know that one of the biggest challenges involves “special stuff.’  By this I mean tangible personal property such as family photos, heirlooms, jewelry, antiques and gun collections. Transmission of these items is often hindered by communication – or lack thereof.  Parents and children often don’t realize what others value.  Too often we hear

Identity Theft

Posted on April 25, 2012
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According to the Bureau of Justice, approximately 8.6 million households fell prey to identity theft in 2010, at a cost of more than $13 billion. You probably believe identity theft will never happen to you.  Most people believe identity theft is hacking into your computer or a stolen wallet and using your passwords and credit card information.  In reality, identity theft takes many forms that expose you every day, not just a computer hacker or

Unclaimed Property in Colorado

Posted on April 11, 2012
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Do you, or loved ones, have unclaimed property in the State of Colorado?   Any Colorado resident that has lost track of a bank account, stocks, bonds, abandoned safety deposit boxes or a retirement account; misplaced a rebate check, paycheck from a business; or even your Colorado State tax rebate; the bank, business or State agency is required by law to file a report and forward those assets to the Unclaimed Property office of the Colorado

How to Keep Your Kids From Ruining Your Retirement

Posted on February 17, 2012
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They call it the “boomer boomerang” – adult children of retiring baby boomers who continue to rely on their parents for their financial needs.  Unfortunately, continuing to support grown children can have a significant detrimental effect on boomers’ savings and retirement plans, according to a Wall Street Journal article yesterday. 535

Cohabitation Complexities

Posted on February 6, 2012
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(Also applies to prenuptial and married couples) More couples are living together without being married than ever before in our nation’s history. You probably know couples in this situation.  You might believe that this could never happen to me. I was married for 40 years when my wife died after a short illness. 537

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