Legacy Plans Maintain Family Harmony

               In recent conversations, I’ve found myself with an interesting new characteristic: it’s like a sensor that tells me when people desperately need an estate plan.  “She’s basically my stepmother,” a friend recently said.  “I mean, they’re basically married.” I thought to
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Death and Facebook: Etiquette and Preparation

Many years ago, when I was attending the funeral of my grandmother’s sister, my grandmother told me a story: she had been riding in the car on her way to her father’s burial when she looked out the window and saw other people on the sidewalk, going about their lives.  The
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6 Life Changes that Mean It’s Time to Update Your Estate Plan

When you did your estate planning, you felt great.  You put it on your shelf, patted yourself on the back, and hardly gave it a second thought.  Whenever the topic came up in conversation, you said, “Oh, we took care of that years ago,” and thought of the dusty documents o
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Conversation Starters for Your Thanksgiving Estate Planning

For us, estate planning and Thanksgiving dinner go together like mashed potatoes and gravy.  Why?  Because while legal issues don’t exactly sound like a relaxing holiday conversation, the family is all together, and it can be a great time to start making plans or to make your pl
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Simple New Form for Colorado Vehicle Transfer

We’re Staying on Top of the Latest Developments in the Law A simple, half-page form can be another good estate planning tool to save your family time and money when it comes to the transfer of vehicles to beneficiaries upon death.  This new form, called the DR2009, was released
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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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Keeping Summer Bliss into the Fall Shift

Val·ue valyo͞o/: A person’s principles of standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life. It is back to school time and you may start to have mixed feelings. It’s great to get back into a routine, go to bed early and pull out the fall clothes. On the other hand, th
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How to Prepare for Wildfires: For Families and Their Animals

Up in Clark, you can smell the smoke at night when the wind shifts. As the Beaver Creek Wildfire approaches 10,000 acres in size, firefighters have only so far contained about 5%, and expect to continue fighting until August, likely impacting summer recreation in North Routt and poten
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How to be the best wedding guest this season

Without revealing my age, I’ll tell you that I am ripe for wedding invitations at the moment, my refrigerator plastered with magnetic “Save-the-Dates” of smiling friends. I don’t know much about marriage, but I have learned a lot about how to be a great wedding
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Thank you, Newborn Network!

  I want to extend a big thank you to Newborn Network for hosting us in North Routt and South Routt on April 6th and 13th! 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 puppets.
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