18 Nov What Are My Stepkids Going To Get When I Die?

Recently, somebody visited this website after conducting a search for "disinherit stepkids." Hopefully, that person comes back so that I can tell them that, at least in Colorado (with a couple of limited exceptions), their stepkids aren't their heirs, and you can't disinherit someone who isn't an heir to begin...

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14 Nov Help! My kids’ other parent is a nut who I don’t want raising them if something happens to me. What do I do?

While regular review of your estate plan is important for everybody, it's particularly important for people who have gotten divorced since the last time they closely looked things over. And I'm not just talking about your will. I mean everything. Especially your powers of attorney and designated beneficiary forms that...

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18 Oct “Don’t wait to plan your estate”

I am outsourcing this week's blog post to the Denver Post, which ran a great article earlier in the week about why you shouldn't wait to plan your estate: Estate planning is only for old, rich people. Estate planning is scary. Estate planning is so easy you can do it yourself. Wrong. Wrong. And,...

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20 Sep Fighting over stuff isn’t just for the wealthy

I've noted before how often I keep finding myself linking to the  "Dear Prudence" advice column at Slate magazine (see here, here, and here). Here I go again, this time in video form: The legal analysis Perhaps understandably, "Prudie" focuses her advice almost exclusively on the emotional and family dynamics raised by the letter....

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