Pets Need Protection Too

For many pet owners, pets are members of the family. Pet owners often say that if something happens to them, they are as concerned about will happen to their pets as they are with their children and spouse. What Happens to the Pets When the Owner Becomes Disabled or Passes Away? Most pet owners want the assurance of what their Continue Reading →

How to Protect Your Retirement Account

Shocking to most people, your retirement accounts can be seized once they pass to your loved ones. During your lifetime, your retirement funds have asset protection, meaning they can’t be taken in a lawsuit. Unfortunately, as soon as retirement accounts are inherited by your loved ones, the protection evaporates. This means your hard earned money can legally be snatched by Continue Reading →

How to Avoid Sending Your Assets and Loved Ones to the Probate Court

Over the years, we’ve discovered that many people make a BIG mistake, catapulting their assets and loved ones right into the court system. Most of our clients want to avoid probate because it has a reputation for being time consuming, stressful, and public, meaning anyone anywhere can see who got what and how to contact them. Beneficiaries may become victims Continue Reading →

Successfully Social Coaches Quirky Kids

“Quirky kids.” We all know at least one. Some kids’ quirks are endearing and cute, but others keep them on the outskirts of the social world. Kids who struggle socially are sometimes lonely and research suggests poor outcomes for those who are socially challenged. Allison Marean and Breann Colpitts, two North Denver moms and former educators, witnessed too many quirky Continue Reading →

Traditional Strategies to Protect Assets from Creative Plaintiffs

Some view asset protection planning with a skeptical eye. They believe there is a moral obligation to pay one’s debts. They think that asset protection planning is immoral because it prevents a creditor from collecting on a judgment entered by a court. The truth is the U.S. justice system is unpredictable. Defendants are faced with ever-expanding theories of liability, being Continue Reading →

A Moment of Zen for Kids

  “Emotional self-regulation … (is) integrated into every class.” Many people hear that I teach yoga for kids and the first question is, “How does that work? Isn’t it hard to get kids to do yoga?” That is a great question since we typically think of yoga as a serene hour of relaxation, meditation, and exercise. And when we typically Continue Reading →

The 5 D’s of Advance Directives

“Modify or create a new Advance Directive if yours does not reflect your intentions.” An Advance Directive is a set of documents that are written statements of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment to be used in the event that the person cannot make the decisions for themselves. A Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney are commonly included in Continue Reading →

Trusts, in Plain English

I admit it: Legal terminology is confusing. Not only are some words foreign outside of the estate planning world, but sometimes “normal” words carry a legal definition you would have never guessed. And sometimes, the same legal concept has more than one phrase used to describe it. Take “Living Trust” and “Revocable Trust” and “Revocable Living Trust,” for example – Continue Reading →