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Shared parenting time can be a positive outcome

Divorce is challenging on many levels, but some people seem to struggle the hardest with divvying up the parenting time. When you are used to living under the same roof with your children, it can indeed be jarring — at least initially — to adjust to life as a part-time parent.

But rather than focusing on what you are missing when the kids are spending time with your ex, let's explore some of the positive things you can learn to embrace.

How to ask for a prenuptial agreement without causing trouble

As you prepare for your wedding day, the last thing on your mind is divorce. Instead, you have every reason to believe that your marriage will last forever.

Since there's no way to predict the future, it never hurts to explore the possibility of creating a prenuptial agreement. You can use this to protect yourself and your assets in the event of a divorce.

Creating a trust now can offer benefits for the rest of your life

Most people think of trusts as a way to structure their estate plan or as a means of providing financial stability for heirs and beneficiaries who may squander their inheritance without proper guidance. While it is true that trusts are an excellent way for people to control their legacy and how people use their assets after they die, these are not the only roles that a trust can play in your life.

Creating a trust and funding it while you are alive with specific assets could be a great way to minimize your tax liability and protect the possessions you value the most.

5 times to update your will and estate plan

Some people think that making an estate plan is a one-time act. The reality is that you do need to go back and review it from time to time. There are also specific times when it makes sense to go back and change or alter the estate plan due to changes in your life.

Although you might not need to update your will with every major life change, there are several times when you'll want to consider doing so including the following five.

Resolving a contract dispute for your business

In many ways, contracts are the lifeblood of modern businesses. They provide a binding record of agreements that different individuals or companies make with one another. A contract helps outline both your expectations for the other party and your obligations to them.

Fortunately, the contract can also serve as a protection in the event that someone doesn't follow through. If you find yourself in that scenario, it is common to have strong, negative emotions about the other party involved.

The difference between protecting and hiding assets in a divorce

One of the biggest mistakes people can make when planning for divorce is to develop a strategy based on things they hear from friends or what they saw in a movie instead of advice from an attorney. The wrong actions could leave you very vulnerable in a contentious divorce. Things that you do out of a desire for self-preservation could look different to the courts than they do to you.

Specifically, steps that people often take to protect their assets could often be misconstrued by the courts as an effort to hide those assets. Understanding the difference between these two actions is of critical importance as you head toward divorce.

Is your estate plan outdated and vulnerable?

As soon as you take the time to properly create your will and estate plan, you may feel a sense of great relief wash over you. "Whatever happens in the future," you may think to yourself, "At least I've taken care of that and can stop thinking about doing it sometime in the future!" The peace of mind that a strong estate plan can offer is substantial. It is also important to understand that your will and other estate plan documents are not something that you should create once and never look at again.

In many ways, creating your estate plan is like building a house and maintaining it. Most of the time, if you build your home thoughtfully and do not rush or cut corners in the planning phase, your home will be just fine with some small ongoing maintenance. However, if you ignore issues that can cause major damage or if you experience a significant change in circumstances, the home may develop serious problems that leave you vulnerable.

Understanding the big picture when it comes to parenting time

Parents who are in the midst of a divorce or ending their relationship want to make sure that they are able to maximize the amount of time they can spend with their kids. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a parenting time case to become extremely emotional, which can make it very difficult to focus on the important decisions that need to be made at this time.

If you find yourself in such a situation, you need to be sure that you are taking the right steps to get an agreement that is right for your children. Keeping their best interests in mind can be a real challenge when the other parent is making your life much more difficult, but here are some of the things you can do to help you create a lasting parenting time plan.

Writing sound contracts as a business owner

If you are the owner of a small business in Colorado, you may enter a number of contracts in order to do business and create growth. These contracts might outline the terms of employment, a partnership, a rental lease or a client's project. These types of contracts will differ slightly, but the fundamental principles remain the same.

If you are concerned about writing a sound contract that will avoid costly legal disputes in the future, it is important that you take the time to understand what makes a good contract. The process of writing a contract does not need to be overwhelming or complex for it to be successful.

Focus on the basics when creating your first estate plan

Regardless of your age, creating an estate plan is a detailed process that requires your full attention. If you make all the right decisions, it will give you and your loved ones peace of mind. However, if you make any mistakes, it could result in trouble down the road.

When creating your first estate plan in Colorado, it's important to focus on the basics. Here are some things to do:

  • Create a will: This is where most people start, as a will is the most common estate planning document. With this, you can outline who gets what upon your death. Even if you do nothing else in regard to your estate plan, it's critical to create a will.
  • Name beneficiaries: This all comes down to whom you want to receive your assets when you pass on. Some people name one beneficiary, while others name several. There is no right or wrong approach, so consider everyone in your life before making a final decision.
  • Choose an executor: The executor of your will is the person responsible for carrying out your final wishes. This person will review your will upon your death, assist with the probate process and make sure everything is taken care of based on the details of your will.
  • Create a durable power of attorney: This document gives another person the ability to manage your finances should you be unable to do so as the result of incapacity. This is much better than letting the court decide.
  • Create an advance health care directive: If you're unable to make your own medical decisions, such as toward the end of your life, you want to know that the right person can step in to do so on your behalf. An advance health care directive allows you to name an agent to ensure that you receive the type of treatment you want.
  • Name a guardian: If you have any children under the age of 18, have a plan on who will raise them should you and your spouse pass on. The best way to do this is to name a guardian in your will.
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