Aid in dying: New Law in Colorado

In more than twenty years since the Death with Dignity law came into effect in Oregon, there have been less than 1,000 people who tookthe medication, and there has not been a single reported case of abuse. While this remains a controversial topic, Colorado passed the Aid-in-Dying law
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Why You Should Talk to an Attorney about Advance Directives

We’ve talked before about the statistics that show the overwhelming benefits for creating advance directives.  Doctors, patients, and families are all more comfortable with knowing the wishes of a loved one, so they can honor those wishes appropriately. While talking with your d
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Estate Planning Talk on September 28 in Craig!

EDUCATIONAL ESTATE PLANNING TALK.  At Swan Law, we know that people shouldn’t be in the dark about important legal issues and terminology.  That’s why we’re committed to bringing education to the community at every possible opportunity.  Next Wednesday, we’ll b
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An Open Letter to the Parents I Babysit For

Dear Moms & Dads of Adorable Young Children, I love being your babysitter.  I’m so grateful when you ask me to come over and watch your kids for a little while so you can get away.  I know how often and widely your spouse travels, and that sometimes you need time to recharge
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A Big Thanks to MOPS

I want to extend a big thank you to Steamboat MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group for hosting us on March 16. Together, we learned about the Bliss family and benefits of planning for the unexpected – some serious stuff for sure but it was made more fun with potent props and vibrant t
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What You Need to Know About Medicare’s Advance Care Planning Benefit

As we established in last month’s newsletter (read here in case you missed it), Advance Care Planning benefits doctors, patients, and patients’ families.  Beginning in 2016, Medicare will reimburse doctors for talking with patients about Advance Care Planning. No more excu
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5 Valuable Takeaways from Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Walking into her parents’ apartment for the first time in decades, the grime offers Roz the first clue that her parents might need help.  She is ushered into the “Sandwich Generation,” giving time to her parents and her daughter and feeling spread too thin. The graph
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Why We Include DocuBank in Your Estate Plan

DocuBank is an online service that gives you 24-hour, remote access to your advanced health care directives, and a one-year subscription in included in your estate plan with Swan Law with an option to renew.  Why do we include a subscription to DocuBank for all of our customers?  Beca
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Spotting Changes in Elderly Relatives over the Holidays

One of the greatest blessings of the holiday season is gathering with friends and loved ones that we don’t normally see throughout the year. For some that means visiting with aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends over a lively dinner. For others, the holidays are a rare chance to
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A Living Will Is Just a Healthcare Document

Legal terms are confusing and one of the most confusing terms is “living will,” a term I would like to send to extinction. People often believe when they sign a living will they have some kind of plan in place to help their loved ones after they pass on. Sadly, nothing can be farther
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