The Basics of Trust Litigation

More money, and more problems don’t just apply to the numbers in your bank account. It also applies to trusts that involve multiple parties, assets, and the uniquely human interpersonal dynamics that leave trusts open for litigation. What is trust litigation? Trust litigation occurs when the trustees and beneficiaries disagree about trust assets. It involves … Read More

How to Contest a Will in Colorado

A will is designed to protect and respect the wishes of the testator (the person writing the will). So, what happens when the current state of a will is not expressing the testator’s wishes?  If you are a will beneficiary and notice that the will has been altered by undue influence or that the testator … Read More

How to Choose the Key People to Assist in Estate Planning Roles

Estate plans involve many moving parts. Said moving parts involve different roles, and from there, each role requires unique personal traits. Read on for an overview on the key people involved in an estate plan and how to choose them. What roles are involved in an estate plan? Before you can make decisions around choosing … Read More

How Estate Planning Can Help Children and Adults with Mental Illness

Estate planning for adults and children with mental illness presents unique challenges. These challenges, however, don’t have to become roadblocks. Read on for an overview on mental health-informed estate planning options and the benefits they entail. Why mental health matters in estate planning? Mental illness feels like an invisible, abstract concept, but the National Alliance … Read More

Can A Guardianship Be Terminated?

Are you or someone you know under an adult guardianship?  Has the situation changed from the time the guardianship was created?  Are you or the person under guardianship now able to make their own healthcare decisions? Should the guardianship be terminated? Can the guardianship be terminated? Before we get to how to terminate a guardianship, … Read More

Disability Support Resources in Colorado

In Colorado, there are many resources for people with disabilities. From legal help to work alliances, here are the top disability support resources in the state: Protection and Advocacy Disability Law Colorado Part of the National Disability Rights Network and the United States’ federally funded protection and advocacy system, Disability Law Colorado is the state … Read More

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Estate Planning

How and when you depart, this world is often beyond your control. What you leave behind, how it gets distributed, and to whom, however, isn’t. Read on for what to consider in your estate planning process. What is an estate? An estate is more than just a fancy house. It encompasses tangible and intangible assets … Read More

The Downsides of DIY Wills

Estate planning can be emotionally taxing, so much so that people tend to avoid visiting an estate planning attorney, much like they avoid going to the doctor or the dentist. If you are one of those people who avoid visiting an attorney, or if you are considering using a fill-in-the-blank or do-it-yourself (DIY) will, this … Read More

Emergency Preparedness in 2022

The past few years have taught us that life is never predictable. From COVID to natural disasters, Colorado has faced its fair share of emergencies. While it is impossible to predict when an emergency will occur, it is possible to plan for complex situations and protect your family, health, and assets in the event of … Read More

Spring Cleaning: Reviewing Your Estate and Tax Planning Documents

A Conversation with Varra Financial Associates and The Germany Law Firm Colorado families should annually review their estate and tax planning documents, regardless of the number of assets they hold. Working in tandem with an experienced estate planning attorney and a financial planner is the best way to ensure your assets are protected for generations … Read More

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