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Some of Our Services

Guardianship or Conservatorship

In some states, the terms guardian and conservator are used interchangeably. In Colorado, there are distinct differences between the two roles.

A guardian is responsible for the care, custody, and control of an individual — known as an “incapacitated person” or “ward” — who is unable to provide for his or her personal needs. A guardian makes decisions that directly impact the ward’s wellbeing.

On the other hand, a conservator is responsible for a “protected person’s” estate. A conservator handles the protected person’s financial affairs. Appointing someone to this role can help shield the protected person from being taken advantage of financially.

Multiple factors must be considered when determining which role, or roles, may be appropriate. Our attorneys can help determine the option that is right for you and your loved one. We will take the time to make sure you understand the benefits, considerations, and responsibilities associated with each role.

In some cases, a person may not think they need a guardian or conservator. In other situations, another family member or interested party may object to a particular person being appointed. Our tactful legal team has the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive situations.

Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Life is unpredictable and passing without an official plan for your house and other assets can lead to uncertainty and disagreements. 

Whether you have been entrusted to oversee your loved one’s assets or want to plan your own estate.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Wills

  • Trusts

  • Special needs planning

  • Asset protection

  • Estate administration

  • Probate litigation

  • Creating a will

  • Updating your will

  • Revoking your will

  • Challenging a will

  • Probating a will

  • Determining inheritance rights

Creating Trusts that can include:

  • Placing conditions on how and when your assets are distributed

  • Avoiding the potential delay, cost, and publicity of probate

  • Reducing estate and gift taxes

  • Protecting assets from creditors and lawsuits for your beneficiaries 

  • Protecting assets from remarriages and accidentally disinheriting children

  • Preserving needs-based government benefits

Probate and Estate Administration

Probate is the legal process that decides how a person’s assets will be distributed and their debts paid after his or her death. It can be complex, confusing, and frustrating for a personal representative or inexperienced executor if they attempt to manage the process without an experienced probate lawyer

The process of probate administration will likely take several months to complete. This can be a considerable drain on your time without the help of a probate lawyer. Probate and estate administration can be overwhelming, especially if the estate includes large amounts of assets, one or more businesses, or property in multiple locations. In addition, you may feel a sense of personal obligation to ensure that the probate process is administered properly in order to meet the decedent’s wishes. Working with an experienced and empathetic probate attorney can make this burden easier to shoulder.

Your lawyer will advise and support you in navigating the process and will be by your side to enable you to achieve a successful and efficient probate process by:

  • Filing the will in probate court

  • Obtaining your appointment as executor

  • Inventorying the assets and liabilities of the deceased

  • Valuing and distributing assets to the beneficiaries or heirs

  • Collecting all rights to income, dividends, etc.

  • Liquidating property

  • Settling disputes

  • Paying the debts and the final bills of the estate

  • Preparing the final estate tax returns

What Our Clients Say

Betty

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I went to Lisa Blattner after my husband's passing. She has conscientiously pursued every issue pertaining to his will, and she prepared a new will for me after it was all over. She is kind and gentle, yet tenacious & timely in dealing with the legal matters. I highly recommend her services . . . and her as a person to work with!

David

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My case involved probate. The attorney who had the case passed away before resolution. Lisa picked up the unfinished case. She was very effective and provided efficient legal service to close the matter to my satisfaction.

Blackrock

Via Avvo.com

Ms. Blattner was the only attorney who had the courtesy to respond to our request regarding the transfer of a minor guardianship from Nevada to Colorado. She is friendly, courteous and professional, and has the experience our client needs to bring this matter to a successful conclusion. Thank you

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal:

It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

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