Recent Posts in Estate Planning Category

  • Avoiding a Will Contest

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    10 Apr. 2017

    Providing a will is one of the easiest ways to guide your family and lighten their load after you’re gone. By designating who receives each aspect of your estate, you can make the process easier for your loved ones. But, what happens if there is a disagreement? During such a highly emotional time, it isn’t uncommon for family to argue, but in some cases this could lead to a will ...
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  • 4 Tax-Savvy Ways to Pass Your Home to Your Children

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    24 Mar. 2017

    If you are considering giving your home to your children, bear in mind these cost-effective options for passing on property. There are a few methods for transferring property; depending on your situation and end-goals, you can determine which option works best for you. Leaving the House in Your Will The go-to method for passing your home to your children is to leave it to them in your will. By ...
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  • Estate Planning 101

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    21 Mar. 2017

    When planning for the future, tackling all of the paperwork and legal aspects can seem like a daunting task. According to a study cited on Forbes.com, less than half of Americans have prepared a will, and that’s only one aspect of an estate plan. Staying on top of planning documents does more than just ensure your own preferences, it can also help your family. Having properly updated estate ...
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  • Four Estate Planning Myths That Could Impact Your Future

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    20 Feb. 2017

    The world of estate planning is full of myths and misinformation which if acted upon can drastically impact your future. If you have considered starting or updating your estate plan but were dissuaded by a piece of concerning information, it may be time to reconsider. Below our blog outlines and dispels some of the most common myths surrounding the estate planning process. I don’t have an ...
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  • Conflicts in Guardianships and Conservatorships - Part 3 - What to Expect at the Hearing

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    18 Aug. 2016

    As noted in Part 2, the statutes provide a list of persons who have priority to be appointed as a guardian or conservator, but these lists are not set in stone. When there is disagreement as to who should act as guardian and conservator for an elderly parent, it is up to the court to decide. At the hearing, the elderly person who needs assistance with their affairs is known as the Respondent. In ...
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  • Conflicts in Guardianships and Conservatorships, Part II: Priority for Appointment

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    27 Jun. 2016

    When it is determined that, due to cognitive decline, an elderly person needs a guardian, conservator, or both to manage their affairs, family members may disagree as to who should be in that role. Before the arguments get too heated, it is important to understand who has priority to be appointed as guardian/conservator. In Colorado, this is determined by statutes. Although the priority for ...
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  • Conflicts in Guardianships and Conservatorships, Part 1: "But I Have a Power of Attorney!"

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    19 May. 2016

    When most people think of conflict in a guardianship and conservatorship situation, they think of conflict among the family members deciding who will be appointed guardian and conservator for an elderly parent or other relative who may need assistance. However, there are times when the person may disagree about the need for help. It is quite common for a person in the early stages of ...
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  • Medicaid Planning for Long-Term Care - Part 3 - Giving Away Money

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    22 Apr. 2016

    Making gifts to qualify for Medicaid: for some this option can be controversial but for many it is a viable option. The important thing to remember is that the Medicaid rules allow for some gifting. But the rules are not easy. The “Look Back” Period and the Penalty Period Medicaid obviously does not want a person to give away all of their money and possessions and then qualify for ...
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  • Estate Planning and Retirement Accounts

    Posted By Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.

    26 Jan. 2016

    For many people, their largest asset aside from their home is their retirement account, whether an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a 401K. For people who have diligently made contributions, these accounts can easily reach $1 million or more. Fortunately, the federal estate tax does not kick in until an estate is worth just over $5 million ($5.45 million for 2016, indexed for inflation each ...
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