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Weld County Land Use Changes (2020)

Current and future landowners of real property within unincorporated portions of Weld County will soon have a new comprehensive plan along with new zoning and subdivision codes to consider when planning for potential uses and possible division of their lands. On November 9, 2020, the Weld County Commissioners heard the final reading of County Ordinance […]

Colorado has four statutory deeds: General Warranty Deed, Special Warranty Deed, Quit Claim Deed, and Bargain and Sale Deed. Historically, General Warranty Deeds were the most prevalent and preferred since they grant the broadest protection for buyers as their sellers are warranting the title to the real property since the beginning of time. Special Warranty […]

Gift and Estate Tax Uncertainty

Gift and estate tax uncertainty is not new.  Over the past several years, we have seen the amount a person can leave free of estate tax utilizing their estate tax exclusion amount rise from $600,000 in 1997 to $11,580,000 in the year 2020, with several stops in between.  We have had one year of estate […]

Take the Gain, Pay the Tax and Run?

Each Presidential candidate has put forth a proposed plan for Federal taxation of long-term capital gains which, if passed into law in 2021 or beyond, could have major impacts on your decision regarding the timing of sales or transfers of appreciated capital assets.   1. Mr. Trump has proposed reducing the maximum long-term capital gains tax […]

Assuming a regime change in Washington, the Biden tax plan proposes monumental changes that will have a massive impact on how many individuals (this means you) have structured their estate plans and finances for decades. Some of the things that should be discussed NOW with your financial consultant:       1. 1031 tax free […]

Water in Colorado belongs to the people of the State. The State manages the resource for the benefit of its citizens. Colorado’s system of prior appropriation for managing water rights has its foundations in mining law. This system gives users of surface water a priority based on the date their water right is placed to […]

Recent fires and high temperatures across the West may have water users wondering what rising temperatures and sustained drought conditions might mean for Colorado water users.  While only time will tell, it’s relevant to note that the summer of 2020 was one of the hottest and driest on record.  The month of August was one […]

3 Things You Should You Do After a Motorcycle Crash? Motorcycle crashes tend to be devastating and result in significant injury. The moments after a motorcycle crash and the days and weeks that follow are challenging. What you do during this time affects your physical and mental recovery, as well as your opportunity to receive […]

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have catastrophic consequences. These types of injuries change can often change a person’s life forever. TBIs can affect a person’s ability to work, drive, interact with friends and family, and lead what was previously their normal daily life. One of the most common causes of a TBI is auto accidents. […]

If you’ve recently been injured in an automobile accident, chances are you’ve received a call from the insurance company. Insurance providers representing negligent drivers are quick to contact accident victims. Their goal is to convince injured parties to settle out-of-court and usually for far less money than they’d receive if they waited. In nearly every […]