Estate Law Attorneys in Thornton and Longmont
Why Should You Have an Estate Plan?
We understand that it’s difficult to think about how your death might impact your family. However, thoughtful planning can make things much easier for your family in the long run. It can help them avoid disputes over your assets, struggles against creditors, hefty taxes, and costly legal fees.
Estate planning and probate work together to get your hard-earned assets where you want them. When you work with Althaus Law, our Longmont and Thornton estate law attorneys will employ various estate planning and probate services to achieve your long-term goals.
Call (720) 513-2299 to schedule a consultation. We serve residents of Longmont, Thornton, Denver, and surrounding areas.
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 as Colorado’s Best in 2019, Northglenn's Business of the Year in 2021, and 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 Attorney Althaus’ best-selling book about estate planning, You Only Die Once. It aims to not only answer your questions, but to be a resource to help you protect your hard-earned assets and beneficiaries. To learn more, order your copy from Amazon today!
Personalizing Your Estate Plan
You may not need an estate plan right this instant but having one will make your future and the future of those around you better.
Estate plans can do any of the following:
- Express your wishes in a detailed will
- Distribute your assets
- Sell real estate
- Resolve any outstanding debts
- Appoint guardians to care for children and other dependents
- Designate personal representatives of your estate
- Establish trusts
- Coordinate business succession
- Grant powers of attorney
Your plan may do all these things or only a few of them. Our Longmont and Thornton estate lawyers will work with you to create an estate plan tailored to your specific situation.
Administering an Estate Through Probate
If you’ve been named a personal representative of a loved one’s estate, you have a fiduciary duty to carry out the objectives expressed in their will. This may include distributing assets to beneficiaries, liquidating assets to pay creditors, transferring real estate, ensuring guardianships are in place for the decedent’s dependents, and more. To accomplish all this, you’ll need to navigate probate.
Whether you need help with estate planning or probate, contact our estate law attorneys in Thornton and Longmont by calling (720) 513-2299.
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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!
Our Core Principles for Success
At Althaus Law, it’s our mission to protect the legacy and financial futures of families in Colorado. At the heart of our practice are our core principles of honesty, charity, making work fun, caring for each other, and being a resource for our clients. These values guide our interactions with clients and each other, providing both the people we help and the people we work with a safe, positive, and knowledgeable environment to discuss the intricacies of our practice areas and the specifics of our clients’ situations.
We know how emotional and stressful it can be to plan your estate or represent a loved one in probate, so let us handle the legal issues. Our attorneys are determined to use the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired over decades of practicing estate law to make the legal process easier for clients. When you meet with us for estate planning, we’ll carefully listen to you about your unique circumstances, and we’ll use that information to draft a plan specifically for you. If you need help with probate, our attorneys will guide you every step of the way.
Conveniently Located to Better Serve You
Our firm understands that Downtown Denver can be a tricky commute, as both I-25 and parking can be terrible. Fortunately, our office is conveniently located off 112th Ave. and Huron and has a dedicated parking lot. We are accessible for clients coming from Northglenn, Thornton, Brighton, Westminster, and Broomfield.
Caring for the Community
In addition to caring for our clients, we care deeply about helping our community become better each day. All of our team volunteers more than 10 hours every month to local nonprofit organizations. Our law firm is also committed to donating a percentage of our profits back to charities and nonprofits in Colorado. If you know of a nonprofit that needs help, do not hesitate to reach out!