July 15, 2019

Uniform Power of Attorney Highlighted in Newly Revised Orange Book Handbook

The Sixth Edition of the Colorado Estate Planning Handbook (Orange Book Handbook) was released last month and provides practitioners with a treatise on a vast collection of legal topics. The completely revised edition was reviewed and updated to conform with Colorado law through 2010 and is directed toward intermediate and advanced level practitioners. The Handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with Colorado Estate Planning Forms (Orange Book Forms), also published by CBA-CLE.

The newly revised edition also includes seven new chapters, including one centered on powers of attorney, written by Tom Rodriguez. In 2009, Colorado adopted the Uniform Power of Attorney Act; this chapter provides an overview of the Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney and the implications of the new act.

Provided below is the newly revised Power of Attorney form that complies with the new act, as featured in the Orange Book.

Orange Book Handbook: Powers of Attorney

Details and purchase information regarding the Sixth Edition Orange Book Handbook can be found at the CBA-CLE publications website.

Designated Beneficiary Agreements Highlighted in Newly Revised Orange Book Handbook

The Sixth Edition of the Colorado Estate Planning Handbook (Orange Book Handbook) was released last month and provides practitioners with a treatise on a vast collection of legal topics. The completely revised edition was reviewed and updated to conform with Colorado law through 2010 and is directed toward intermediate and advanced level practitioners. The Handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with Colorado Estate Planning Forms (Orange Book Forms), also published by CBA-CLE.

The newly revised edition also includes seven new chapters, including one centered on non-traditional families written by Elizabeth Bryant and Erica Johnson.

The legal representation of those in non-traditional relationships often involves complex and overlapping issues that are not present in the representation of legally married couples. Many of these issues are difficult for lawyers to address given the lack of statutory law that applies to such relationships. This new chapter addresses these complex issues and gives guidance on “non-traditional couples” or same-sex couples that cannot marry under Colorado and federal law, and opposite-sex couples who choose not to marry.

Provided below is a section of this chapter, detailing one of the newest legal developments in Colorado regarding non-traditional families, the Designated Beneficiary Agreement.

Orange Book Handbook: Designated Beneficiary Agreements

Details and purchase information regarding the Sixth Edition Orange Book Handbook can be found at the CBA-CLE publications website.