"I have to tell you a funny story...Recently, I ended up in the emergency room with appendicitis.  As they were wheeling me into the OR for surgery, I remember thinking, 'Boy, am I glad I got my will updated!' 

Seriously!  I couldn’t believe myself, but I’ve never had surgery before, so I was truly relieved to think that if things didn’t turn out so well, at least my money would go where I wanted it to.  I’m fine and on the mend – thanks for making my peace of mind!"

- Diana S.
Estate Planning Client

Articles and Resources:
Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianships

Top 10 Reasons to Make a Will or Trust
- M. Dee Biesterfeld, Estate Planning
Life is full of surprises, and being prepared with a will, trust and medical powers of attorney is one of the best ways to ensure you and your loved ones are cared for in any circumstance.  Read more...

Some Things Should Not Be Kept Secret
- M. Dee Biesterfeld, Estate Planning
When the time comes for families to locate important estate planning documents for a loved one, they often find that those documents are locked away in a safe deposit box or other secured location to which the family has no access.  Read more...

Living Wills in Colorado
- M. Dee Biesterfeld, Estate Plannning & Guardianships
The fight over the life and death decisions to be made on behalf of Terri Schiavo has produced a flood of research and discussion here in Colorado. What do the Colorado statutes give a person who wishes to express the desire to terminate artificial nourishment under certain circumstances?  Read more...

Naming UTMA Custodians
- M. Dee Biesterfeld, Estate Plannning & Guardianships
Commonly, if you make a gift to a minor you will use the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act (UTMA). Accounts under the UTMA are easy to establish. You don’t need an attorney, and all banks and stock brokers have standard forms to set up such accounts.  Read more...

What Did the 2010 Tax Relief Act Do to Us?
- M. Dee Biesterfeld, Estate Planning & Guardianships
In the last few days of December, 2010, Congress delayed the scheduled return of the federal estate tax for estates exceeding $1 million, but only for two years. Any estate of a person dying in the years 2011 and 2012 will have an exemption (basic exclusion amount) of $5 million. And therefore, estate tax planning will continue to be fraught with uncertainty.  Read more...

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