Practice Areas


PROBATE DISPUTESRead More

In Colorado the probate process begins when the probate court appoints a personal representative to administer the estate of a decedent, that is the assets and liabilities the decedent leaves behind. In general a personal representative is to manage the estate for the benefit of the decedent’s beneficiaries or devisees named in decedent’s will, or in the absence of a will, for the benefit of the decedent’s heirs as defined in Colorado’s statutes. Often the personal representative is a member of the decedent’s family.

TRUST DISPUTESRead More

A trustee manages the assets in a trust estate for the benefit of the current beneficiary or beneficiaries, while preserving those assets for the benefit of the remainder beneficiary or beneficiaries, all according to the provisions of the trust document. A trustee is in a fiduciary relationship with the beneficiaries and, in general while acting in accordance with the trust document, a trustee is to use reasonable judgment to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries. Disputes can arise between the beneficiary or beneficiaries and the trustee or between and among beneficiaries themselves.

CONSERVATORSHIP DISPUTESRead More

A conservator manages the financial, business, and property affairs of a person with compromised financial management capacity under the authority of the probate court in accordance with the provisions of the order of appointment. A conservator is in a fiduciary relationship with the protected person and, in general, while acting in accordance with the order of appointment, a conservator is to use reasonable judgment to act in the long term best interest of the person while allowing the person the maximum reasonable level of autonomy and independence.

GUARDIANSHIP DISPUTESRead More

A guardian makes care and personal decisions on behalf of a ward, a person with compromised personal decision making capacity, under the authority of the probate court in accordance with the provisions of the order of appointment. A guardian is in a fiduciary relationship with the ward and, in general while acting in accordance with the order of appointment, a guardian is to use reasonable judgment to act in the long term best interest of the ward while allowing the ward the maximum reasonable level of autonomy and independence.

REAL ESTATE DISPUTESRead More

The Real Estate law book has many chapters dealing with various topics of related rights and duties. Happily the rules for each of the topics tend be clear and understandable and come close to the ideal situation described in the animation. The mediation process, being less adversarial than litigation, can provide parties with understanding of the rules related to the real estate topic or topics in which their dispute is imbedded. This understanding can pave the way to peaceful resolution privately, efficiently and inexpensively.

CONTRACT DISPUTESRead More

The Contract law book opens with general principles defining the rights and duties of contracting parties. It then has many chapters defining particular rights and duties flowing from various forms of contract and contract topics. Happily the general rules and rules for each of the topics tend be clear and understandable and often come close to the ideal situation described in the animation. The mediation process, being less adversarial than litigation, can provide parties with understanding of the contract law rules related to the topic or topics in which their dispute is imbedded.