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What Every Healthcare Power of Attorney Needs to Know

Consider using this checklist as a starting point for thinking about what you would want your designated health care agent to know if they need to act to make decisions on your behalf. This is an evolving conversation and you are encouraged to discuss this...

Why Estate Planning is a Must for Blended Families

Blended families face unique estate planning challenges. If you and your spouse have children from prior relationships, each of you may have different plans for your respective care if either of you becomes incapacitated or how you want your assets to be used to...

Colorado End-of-Life Options Act

The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act (PDF file) authorizes medical aid in dying and allows a terminally ill adult to end his or her life in a peaceful manner. The patient must meet several requirements, including: A prognosis of six months or less Mental capacity to...

The 3 Reasons You Should Have an Irrevocable Trust

Irrevocable Trusts are an invaluable tool, but only appropriate in limited circumstances.  For more information, see

Why Your Parent Needs a POA

A power of attorney (POA) is an important element of planning for your elderly parent’s future. It allows another person to take care of your parent’s affairs, ensuring bills get paid and medical decisions can be made in the unfortunate circumstance that your elderly...

Proposed Tax Law Changes and Their Impact on Estate Planning

As of this writing, Democrats in Congress are negotiating the so-called Build Back Better bill. Utilizing their bare majority, Senate Democrats hope to pass the legislation via the reconciliation process, relying solely on the votes of the fifty Democratic senators....

Capital Gains and Gifting: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

Gifting – where are we now and where are we headed
With the current high federal estate tax exemption, the focus has been on how to strategically and effectively reduce capital gains tax liability. Although these strategies may eventually need to change given new proposals by the Biden administration, there are several important rules regarding capital gains taxes that currently apply to gifts made during a client’s life or at death that will be explained here.

Steps to Freeze Credit after a Death

If you are reading this, you have suffered a loss and have our condolences at LeonardLaw. After the death of a family member, credit and identity theft is likely not top of mind. However, this is a growing problem and it’s important to provide a death notice to credit...

The Importance of the Estate Planning Checkup

After arranging your accounts and property with an attorney, it is easy to assume that you have checked estate planning off of your list forever. The reality is not so simple. Not only do tax laws frequently change, but so does your life. The smallest change could...

How to Own Your Real Estate

Real estate encompasses not only one’s primary residence but also other real estate such as a vacation home or a rental property. The ideal form of ownership varies depending on the type of real estate you own. Below, we take a look at the different types of real...

Thirteen Estate Planning Terms You Need to Know

Estate planning—it is an incredibly important tool, not just for the uber wealthy or those thinking about retirement. On the contrary, estate planning is something every adult should do. Estate planning can help you accomplish any number of goals, including appointing...

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