Estate Planning Denver

Denver Estate Attorneys

Preparing for the future can be daunting. As human beings, we tend to put off planning for the unexpected because it feels overwhelming, unnecessary, and potentially expensive. However, when the unexpected occurs, we often regret not being better prepared.

At MGJ, we provide affordable estate planning to a broad scope of people, including single and married individuals, young families, single parents, the LGBTQ community, families/individuals with disabilities and/or terminal illness, and individuals/families transitioning into retirement. MGJ is able to offer comprehensive estate planning packages for middle class, middle income clientele who have modest estates that might not require complex tax analysis. Nevertheless, individuals and families fitting this description can still benefit from the peace of mind that comes with having their estates in order. MGJ can put together a comprehensive estate planning package of the highest quality, offering very affordable flat fee rates. MGJ can also do in-home consultations and estate plan executions at no additional charge for clients with mobility issues. MGJ also offers two convenience locations for client meetings, including its downtown office located at 1660 Lincoln Street, Suite 2960, Denver and its DTC office located at 8400 E Crescent Parkway, Suite 600, Greenwood Village.

Furthermore, MGJ can help you through the process after a loved one has passed, and can represent heirs and beneficiaries, executors, and personal representatives in the probate process.

MGJ’s Denver Estate Planning Packages include:

  • Wills and Codicils
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney (Medical and Financial)
  • Advanced Directives (Living Wills)
  • Burial Directives
  • Parental Delegation of Powers (Guardianships)

MGJ’s affordable estate planning will be tailored to your specific needs with the goal of protecting your interests and future. We offer free initial consultations to our clients. In addition, we understand that some individuals are simply unable to visit our office due to disabilities. We are happy to provide in-home initial consultations and executions of estates to such individuals.

Definitions:

  • Wills: A will is a legal document that can be utilized to distribute assets (i.e. money, possessions, real estate, etc.) to any person of your choosing, after your passing. In order for these assets to be distributed, beneficiaries must go through the probate process.
  • Trusts: A trust is a mechanism to manage assets prior or after death. Unlike wills, the assets held in trust may be distributed to beneficiaries need for the probate process.
  • Estate Planning: The process by which an individual or family arranges the transfer of assets in anticipation of death. www.law.cornell.edu/wex/estate_planning
  • Power of Attorney – Property: A legal document transferring the legal right to the attorney or agent to manage and access the primary individual’s property in the event the primary individual is unable to do so themselves. www.investopedia.com/terms/p/powerofattorneyproperty.asp
  • Power of Attorney – Healthcare: A legal form that allows an individual to empower another with decisions regarding his or her healthcare and medical treatment. Healthcare power of attorney becomes active when a person is unable to make decisions or consciously communicate intentions regarding treatments. www.investopedia.com/terms/h/hcpa.asp
  • Power of Attorney – Financial: A legal form that grants a trusted agent (also called an attorney-in-fact) the authority to act on behalf of the principal (the person granting authority) in financial matters. www.investopedia.com/terms/f/financial-power- attorney.asp
  • Probate: The court process, via the probate court, by which a will is proved valid or invalid in order to distribute the deceased’s assets to its beneficiaries.
  • Codicil: A document utilized to alter or add terms to an existing will. See http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/codicil
  • Advanced Directives (Living Wills): A written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions about medical treatment decisions when the patient is terminally ill or permanently unconscious. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/living+will
  • Burial Directives: A legal form that allows an individual to provide explicit instructions regarding funeral and/or burial instructions, to be utilized at that individual’s passing.
  • Parental Delegation of Powers (Guardianships): A legal document appointing an individual or “guardian”, to assist with the personal affairs and make decisions on behalf of a minor or an adult who is incapacitated. http://www.guardianshipallianceofcolorado.org/

Please call Jill Curry or Anne McMichael to schedule your estate planning consult. Our firm is committed to assisting you with this process from the beginning. As your needs evolve, we will evolve with you.