Estate Planning & Probate Attorneys Serving Thornton & Northglenn
Estate planning is not often a topic folks get excited about or want to dive into. But it’s something that affects everyone:
- Perhaps you’re entering a later stage of your life and you want to protect your family and the legacy you’ve built.
- Or maybe you’re a young parent who wants to set the proper foundation to protect your child should the unthinkable happen.
- Or perhaps you’re currently stuck in a stressful probate situation, and you want your family to avoid going through something like that after you pass.
No matter which route you’ve taken to get here, you know that getting a will, trust and other estate planning tools set up is something you need to consider.
At Althaus Law in Longmont and Thornton, we help you create an estate plan that you need, that will accomplish your goals and hopefully keep you out of court. And we stand by our plans! Should our estate plan fail and directly cause you to land in probate court, we’ll fix the situation free of charge.
Ready to get your questions about estate planning or probate answered? Schedule your initial consultation today.
Delivering Estate Planning & Probate Services With Care
Delivering Estate At the center of our estate planning and probate services are three principles you can rely on:
- Education: We know you have so many questions. Not only do you deserve answers before you decide how to move forward, but you deserve those answers in a straightforward, down-to-earth manner.
- Empathy: It’s no secret that we all care deeply about one another and our clients. Indeed, caring is one of our core values, and we take great pride in that. Our empathy is interwoven with our services; you can’t get one without the other.
- Ease: We take the legal burdens off your shoulders and make the process as easy to understand and follow as possible. This is true whether you’re going through the estate planning process or you’re currently going through the probate process.
By living these principles, we aim to empower you to make the right choices for you and your family.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is estate planning?
Estate planning involves creating a plan for loved ones on how to distribute property when you pass away. It can also be used to create guardianships for children, obtain tax advantages by avoiding gift and estate tax, and allow you to assign powers of attorney over your finances/healthcare should you become incapacitated.
What is probate and why is avoiding probate beneficial to me?
Probate is the court process of transferring the title of assets to the correct beneficiaries after death. This process is public, can be costly and also very time consuming. Avoiding probate allows your heirs to avoid court costs and attorney fees. It also allows them to receive assets sooner and keep the process private.
How do fees work?
Althaus law provides clients with upfront and easy-to-understand flat fees for most estate planning services. For complicated estates, an hourly rate is charged that will be discussed with you prior to your representation beginning so you are not in the dark.
How does the process work?
Schedule Your Consultation:
You will have a meeting with one of our honest lawyers to discuss your options for how to best put a will or full estate plan in place that meets your goals and protects your loved ones
We Draft Your Plan:
You can sit back and relax. Our attorneys will use the information gathered to create a plan using everything you discussed in your meeting together.
Sign Your Documents:
The final step is to make you official. We do this at a signing meeting. This meeting allows you to satisfy the requirements laid out by Colorado law to have a valid and enforceable will. That’s it!
Changing the Practice of Law for the Betterment of All
At Althaus Law, we love making people’s lives better and making work a place we love to go to every day.
We believe that legal practice is here to help people, which means it has to be accessible to and understood by the everyday person. And it has to be delivered by lawyers who care about the work they do and the community in which they live.
We see ourselves as everyday people, too. We love our families; we have office dogs; we want where we live and work to be a thriving place for all. We are equal parts compassionate and funny (with a touch of lighthearted sarcasm), and it shows from the first interaction you have with us.
By embracing this down-to-earth approach, we’re better positioned to pursue our purpose: to change the practice of law to improve the lives of clients and attorneys alike.
Our Core Values
Honest Services – Awesome Environment
Prioritize and Care For Each Other
Do the Right Thing and Be a Resource
It’s Okay to Have Fun
In all of our values, we try to keep things fun. We acknowledge that discussing death can be stressful. We want to provide a release from that stress not only for ourselves, but for our clients too. Our lawyers are only able to provide you with the best service if we are mentally and physically focused. Having fun allows us the outlet to enjoy each other’s company and regroup. We acknowledge hard work, and we like to take time to enjoy life in and out of the office when that work is a success.
What Clients Are Saying
Schedule Your Initial Consult to Get Your Questions Answered
Talking about the end of life, especially your own, can be uncomfortable. We do our best to put you at ease so you can speak freely about your concerns and wishes.
We encourage you to schedule your initial consultation at our Longmont or Thornton offices. You’ll meet with one of our estate law attorneys to get your questions answered and identify the options before you. And, together, we’ll determine if we’re the right fit for one another.
All initial estate planning consultations are free and probate consultations have a flat rate.
Awards & Accolades
About the Team at Althaus Law
The team at Althaus Law is well-recognized for our commitment to our clients and knowledge of the law. The firm was honored on Colorado’s Best in 2019, Northglenn's Business of the Year in 2021, and with Avvo client awards for estate planning year after year. Attorney Althaus is also recognized by Super Lawyers® for his dedication and high-level of client support.
This comprehensive understanding of the law is on display in Jeff Althaus’ best-selling book about estate planning, You Only Die Once. A valuable resource, this book answers your questions about estate planning and helps you protect your hard-earned assets and beneficiaries. To learn more, order your copy from Amazon today!