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Drafting a will is a task you should tackle sooner rather than later. While we all hope to live to a ripe old age, the reality is that none of us know what tomorrow will bring. In a split second, your entire life can change or even come to an end. If you do not already have a will in place, it is vital that you take steps as soon as possible to remedy the situation.

If you are considering drafting a will or doing any other estate planning, you probably have some questions. While your estate planning attorney will be a great source of information, there are numerous resources available to point you in the right direction.

You can make your divorce easier with these tips

There is no way around it, divorce is hard. It takes both an emotional toll and a physical one. Between dividing up marital property, such as your home in Littleton, and working out a parenting plan for the kids, it may seem like you are facing one battle after another. In addition, you also have to deal with starting over while knowing that he is, too.

While it is up to you to make certain decisions and deal with a whole range of emotions, there are things you can do to make the process easier.

Protecting your privacy during a high-asset divorce

When you and your spouse realize that it's time for a divorce, the process is always difficult to navigate. Even in the best circumstances, divorce is an emotional matter, and often draws the interest of your personal and professional community. This is especially true if your divorce is particularly complex.

The more complicated the assets involved in a divorce, the more crucial some privacy can be in a divorce, especially when the way the divorce plays out may affect many individuals. Fortunately, there are some ways to protect your privacy during a high-asset divorce, but it's important to understand your specific goals as you enter the divorce process.

Estate planning can protect your legacy

If you are in your twenties or even early thirties, you may think you are far from a place where you need to start estate planning. The reality is that estate planning is not just for people over 50 or those who are in the financial one percent. The earlier you start the process, the easier it will be for you to make adjustments as your wealth builds.

By having a solid estate plan in place, not only will you feel more secure about your legacy, but your heirs will thank you for it. A good estate plan will address issues such as how your executor or estate administrator will divide your assets among your beneficiaries and mitigate the tax consequences that sometimes come with inherited property. Read further to find out more about estate planning strategies that can help you protect your legacy.

A few things to know before you head for divorce

Divorce is usually a very complicated process that leaves you emotionally stressed and sometimes in a financial bind. While in the middle of proceedings, people often look back and think "I wish I had known this or that at the beginning. Not that knowing these things would have resulted in the marriage lasting, but because they would have been better prepared for the challenges along the way.

If you are considering a divorce, there are things you should keep in mind from protecting your finances to getting the right kind of advice. An experienced divorce attorney in the Littleton area can answer all your questions and help you take the first steps toward a new life. Read further to find out what you should know before heading down the road to divorce.

Dividing retirement accounts in high asset divorce can be complex

If you're getting divorced, there are a lot of things you have to consider. One of them will be how to ensure the fair division of assets between you and your former spouse. Sadly, the greater the overall assets of your marriage, the more likely it is for issues to arise.

Colorado is an equitable division state. Instead of simply splitting all marital assets in half, a judge will typically look over the finances and family history when deciding how to divide your marital assets.

Your autistic child requires careful estate and trust planning

Parents typically want to provide for a comfortable and safe future for their children. This is often a significant factor in why individuals create an estate plan or last will well before they expect to pass on. That way, in case of a sudden medical event or accident, your family will be protected.

When your child has autism, it is even more important to take steps to protect him or her after you pass. Although autism is a spectrum, a substantial number of children who have autism will continue to need special care and guidance throughout their adult life. This knowledge can weight heavily on parents.

Understanding grandparents' rights in Colorado

Grandparents often feel left out of their grandchild's life during family law matters. The challenges of seeing your own grandchildren can leave you full of worry and fear that you may never see them again. During this difficult time, it is important to remember that you have rights as a grandparent.

Understand your rights

Grandparents have rights in Colorado in many situations involving their grandchildren. These scenarios can include during divorce, legal separation, annulment, child custody disputes, paternity and probate cases involving a guardian.

Don't die without a will: Here's why you need one

Do you have a will? If you don't, you are not alone. Roughly half of Americans do not have a will, according to a new survey. The reasons for not having a will include common responses like not having time to make one, not wanting to think about their own death or thinking they don't need to have one yet.

Dying without a will can leave your family and estate in disarray. This is especially true if you have minor children or specific wishes for what you want to happen to your estate. Your family will not be aware of how you want your estate distributed or who should receive your assets and possessions after your death. Instead, the state will be in charge of distributing your assets and deciding who will care for your minor children.

Parenting with an ex? Follow these tips to prevent disputes.

Divorce is never easy. This is especially true when children are involved. Parents face many challenges during divorce and often struggle with how to address the end of their marriage with their children. We've all seen stories about how divorce impacts children and how it can change their relationship with their parents.

Child custody disputes and fights about raising your children can make life difficult for everyone involved. Disputes may happen. When they do, it is best to put your children's interests first to prevent damaging your relationship with your kids. Putting your children first should also help you and your ex have a common goal instead of assuming the worst of each other.

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