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Denver Medical Durable Power of Attorney

A medical durable power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone the authority to make important healthcare decisions. This is if you ever become physically or mentally incapable of doing so on your own. Without a durable Denver medical power of attorney lawyer your loved ones may have to go to court. They have to prove that they have the authority to make healthcare choices for you. Nothing is more distressing than the court process for situations in which loved ones do not know what you wanted.  Or even what healthcare choices you want them to make when you have become mentally or physically incapacitated.

Durable medical power of attorney LawyerTo clearly lay out your wishes in such cases so that your loved one (or someone else) can effectively act on your behalf, it’s crucial to set up a durable medical power of attorney. Because you never know what tomorrow will bring, it’s never too early to set up these directives. Therefore, do not put off meeting with a Denver medical durable power of attorney lawyer at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd. to discuss your options and get professional assistance. Call us for more information at (303) 713-9147.

How Do Durable Medical Powers of Attorney Work?

Also referred to as a durable power of attorney for health care, a medical durable power of attorney is a healthcare directive that essentially outlines a person’s wishes for his health care so they can be carried out when he is unable to articulate these wishes himself. In these directives, a person will choose someone who will have this power of attorney. The person who is appointed to this power of attorney is often called the agent.  An individual can be the attorney-in-fact or the health care proxy.

When Does a Medical Power of Attorney  Work?

In the event that a person becomes ill or injured to the point where he is unable to communicate his healthcare wishes to his doctors, the agent with the durable medical power of attorney for the ailing person will assume the power to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the ailing person.

Some of the types of healthcare decisions that may be made based on the terms of the medical durable power of attorney can include :

  • Types of interventions that can (or should not) be administered is to try to restore a person’s health
  • How a person is fed
  • Breathing and life-support assistance
  • Palliative care (such as treatment for pain or possible discomfort)
  • Whether a person wants to participate in medical research related to his condition

It is important that the agent for an individual has to comply with the terms of the medical power of attorney. Regardless of what the agent may want, he must make decisions for the person has directed in healthcare directive.

Denver Medical Durable Power of Attorney at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd.

When you are ready to set up a medical durable power of attorney, you can turn to the best Denver estate planning lawyers at Colorado Estate Matters, Ltd. We provide a thoughtful, comprehensive approach to our clients’ estate planning needs, elder law, and we are committed to helping each of our clients and their families find the best solutions for them.

Contact Us For a Free Consultation

To learn more, schedule an initial consultation with a Denver durable medical power of attorney. To set up this meeting, call us at (303) 713-9147 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

From our offices in Denver, we serve clients throughout the southwest and southeast Metro Area, including (but not limited to) people in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Centennial, Wheat Ridge, Golden and Arvada.

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Common Probate Questions

What is probate in Colorado?
Probate in Colorado is the legal process by which a deceased person’s assets are distributed and their debts are paid under court supervision.
When is probate necessary in Colorado?
Probate is typically required when a person dies with assets solely in their name, and those assets exceed a certain value, or there’s any real estate. The threshold amount changes over time, so checking the current limits is essential.
How do I start the probate process in Colorado?
To initiate probate in Colorado, you need to determine if formal probate is required, and then file an Application or a Petition (as well as the necessary ancillary documents) with the appropriate court, depending on the circumstances.
What assets are subject to probate in Colorado?
Generally, assets that are solely owned by the deceased, such as real estate, bank accounts, and personal property, are subject to probate. Jointly owned assets with rights of survivorship, assets held in a trust, and assets with designated beneficiaries typically bypass probate.
How long does the probate process take in Colorado?
The duration of probate in Colorado can vary depending on the complexity of the estate and any disputes that may arise. Often it takes a year or more to complete.
What are the costs associated with probate in Colorado?
Probate costs in Colorado can include court fees, attorney fees, personal representative fees, and other administrative expenses. These costs can vary based on the size and complexity of the estate.
Can I avoid probate in Colorado?
Yes, there are strategies to avoid probate in Colorado, such as creating a revocable living trust, using beneficiary designations on assets like life insurance policies and retirement accounts, and jointly owning property with rights of survivorship.
What are the rights and responsibilities of a personal representative in Colorado?
The personal representative (executor or administrator) is responsible for managing the estate, paying certain debts and taxes, and distributing assets to beneficiaries in accordance with the law and the deceased person’s will (if one exists).
How are disputes handled in Colorado probate cases?
Disputes in Colorado probate cases can be resolved through mediation, negotiation, or litigation in court if necessary. Common disputes may involve the validity of the will, claims by creditors, or disagreements among beneficiaries.
Is estate tax a concern in Colorado probate?

Colorado does not have a state-level estate tax, but federal estate tax may apply to larger estates. It’s important to consider federal tax implications when dealing with an estate.

Is estate tax a concern in Colorado probate?

Colorado does not have a state-level estate tax, but federal estate tax may apply to larger estates. It’s important to consider federal tax implications when dealing with an estate.
 It’s essential to consult with an attorney or legal professional experienced in Colorado probate law to get accurate and up-to-date information and guidance on your probate matter.

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