Estate Planning & Trusts
Denver • Aurora
Estate Planning Lawyer
Wills • Trusts • Living Wills
Do You Worry About the Future? (Maybe You Should)
Clients often say they have peace of mind after taking the steps to draft a will to express their wishes, or to set up a trust to provide for loved ones if the unexpected occurs. My practice, Martha J. Karnopp, Attorney at Law, provides comprehensive estate planning services to clients in the Denver metro area.
I have practiced law since 1975, and have practiced in estate planning and probate law for the last 19 years. My experience enables me to foresee potential problems and to offer workable solutions to protect your assets, preserve wealth for your heirs, and prepare for unforeseen illness or mental incapacity.
Denver Area House Calls
My territory is the Denver metro area, including Aurora, Lakewood, Littleton, Englewood and all surrounding communities of Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, and Adams counties. I usually meet clients in their homes to discuss estate planning, so that they have ready access to necessary documents.
The Simple Will
A will should not be so complex that only a lawyer can understand it. I will take the time to answer your questions and explain estate planning issues in plain English. From experience, I know the essential components of a will and what is unnecessary clutter. If your assets are few and your situation does not require a will, I will tell you so.
An estate plan usually contains:
- Your wishes about who inherits your assets
- Any wishes about funeral arrangements
- A living will to indicate your desires about life support
- A medical power of attorney to make decisions on your behalf
- A general power of attorney to handle your personal and financial affairs
Setting up Trusts
A trust is not always necessary to preserve assets for the next generation. Typically the transfer of wealth through the will is sufficient (only estates worth more than $2 million are subject to estate taxes). However, there are cases where a will makes sense:
- Real property (land or buildings) owned in another state can be placed in trust to avoid probate in that state.
- A special needs trust can provide additional resources for an incapacitated adult who is receiving government assistance without disqualifying them from that assistance.
- Minor children can be protected from their own reckless spending habits by putting restrictions on their inheritance through a minor trust.
Solutions to Complex Issues
With more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, I am adept at working out solutions to the family conflicts that arise in estate planning. These might include specific heirlooms, bequests to charities, grandchildren who will inherit, family members excluded from the will, and the sticky issues of which child will be named to handle your affairs.
Contact an estate planning lawyer who can handle your needs in an efficient, compassionate and cost-effective manner. I will come to you!
Martha J. Karnopp, Attorney at Law
Aurora / Denver Estate Planning Lawyer
4055 S. Yampa Street
Aurora, CO 80013
Phone: (303) 766-7727 | Fax: (303) 766-0007
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Based in Aurora, Colorado, Martha J. Karnopp provides legal counsel in estate planning and probate law for clients throughout the Denver metro area, including Adams County, Jefferson County, Douglas County, and Arapahoe County. She sees clients from Westminster, Lakewood, Littleton, Centennial, Brighton, Northglenn, Edgewater, Glendale, Castle Rock, Parker, Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village, and Englewood.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.
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