Law Office of Liz Lane

Wills, trusts, special needs, Medicaid planning

Meet Liz Lane

Liz is admitted to practice in Colorado, New York and California. She graduated with a BS in International Affairs from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a JD from Boston College Law School. Liz has more than 25 years experience as a lawyer, including tax and litigation positions with large Wall Street and San Francisco law firms, as well as nearly a decade of working as general counsel for two financial services companies.

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"Liz was professional, thorough and easily accessible. Our documentation was completed quickly and accurately, with questions answered promptly. Liz was a delight to work with and we would certainly recommend her." 

Liz Lane 1One of my top priorities in serving my clientsʼ estate planning needs in Boulder, Colorado, is encouraging them to talk frankly and directly with close family members about not just their plans concerning the disposition of their financial assets, but about their plans, wishes and expectations for managing illness, disability, and death at the end of their lives.

There is little value in spending lots of time thinking about who in your life you want to charge with the heavy responsibility of making healthcare decisions for you, if you canʼt make them yourself, if you havenʼt made the effort to share with them your thoughts about what choices you would be inclined to make (and decline) for yourself. For many of us, the importance of open dialogue among family members about individual end of life preferences was clarified when going through the death of an elder parent. Either we were aided and comforted by the talks we had with our aging parents while they were able to effectively express themselves; or, like many families, the lack of previous conversations about loved onesʼ advanced directives or wishes regarding remaining at home and/or practical planning about how to make that a reality, rendered us unsure and unable to effectively act on our eldersʼ behalf.

Donʼt do this to your adult children. Most of us prefer to be in charge of the major events of our lives and our death should be no exception. Start the conversation. It doesnʼt have to be maudlin or depressing; or even lengthy, drawn out, or complex. It should focus on the care and health interventions you want (and maybe donʼt want) at the end of your life and making sure that there are people around you who are aware of your wishes, and have your authority and trust to execute them when the time comes.

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