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I have a new logo, and I’m pleased to say that the day I purchased it and printed it out, I was able to ask a client what he thought about it, and he immediately recognized it as a tree

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A Probate Judge Finds Same Sex Common Law Marriage in Colorado

  Last week I received news on a listserve that the Jefferson County District Court, sitting in probate, granted relief to a woman who claimed she was the surviving common law spouse of a decedent.  The two women had cohabited

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Posted in Elder Law & Estate Planning Current Developments

Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets – an update of sorts

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post about digital assets in the probate context.  This year, Colorado was one of twenty-three states whose legislatures introduced the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA).  Keep in mind

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Approaching Grief and Grief’s Consolation

Life, living and being open to change (whether it is desired is another matter) invariably involve grief, because change – inevitable as it is – often involves grief, a recognition of a loss for something or someone beloved or simply

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The Current Conundrum of Dementia and Consensual Sexual Relations

As promised in a previous post, I’m taking another look at this topic which is certain to become more controversial as situations in long term care facilities continue to present themselves.  This topic is of recent relevance due to the

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Longevity, Caregiving and the Need for Advance Planning

This Friday (April 24, 2015), I will be speaking at the AARP Colorado Caregiving Symposium at the Arvada Center for Performing Arts.  For that event, I’m looking forward to a “talk show” kind of interactive format designed to engage the

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Posted in Mysteries and the End of Life

Elderhood, Exile and Pilgrimage – part two

This is a continuation of my post from last week. . . . (and also a celebration of three enjoyable years of blogging on this WordPress website of mine)! Pilgrimage is also a way of separating oneself, often in the

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Elderhood, Exile and Pilgrimage – part one

I first wrote “old age” in the title instead of elderhood, but thought better of it.  “Old age” can refer to something that is measured chronologically, while “elderhood” is more of a qualitative developmental stage I think. . . Getting

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Competency and Longevity: A Brief Look at the Sorensen decision

Yesterday morning I attended the Colorado Guardianship Association bimonthly education program at Porter Place.  It was an excellent panel on a very interesting topic:  The Sorensen case and issues related to capacity and competency in the context of different types

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Advance Health Care Planning and the Death Taboo

Early on in my blog on this website, I wrote a post entitled Law as a Healing Profession, which included a discussion of a law review article by Mark Glover, author of  “A Therapeutic Jurisprudential Framework of Estate Planning.  So

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Ballroom Dancing, Delight and Dementia Prevention

Say what?  You mean that social dancing makes you smarter?  Why yes, smarter in the sense of maintaining what we’ve got as we grow older.   I liked this article entitled Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter by

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