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What is a Mechanic’s Lien?

A mechanic’s lien is a security interest (similar to a mortgage) in real estate upon which the construction work was performed or upon the property benefited by the work. The Colorado mechanic’s lien law provides remedies for most privately-owned projects located in the State of Colorado. The statutes that govern Colorado Mechanic’s Liens can mostly […]

Construction Projects and Remedies for Non-Payment

If you are not getting paid on a construction project, there are possible remedies to securing payment. The tools available to collect the monies owed to you depend on the circumstances. First, you must consider whether the construction project is publicly or privately owned. If the project is public (federal, state or local), you have […]

What is an Apostille?

If you conduct foreign business, are moving to a foreign country, or moved here from a foreign country, you may need to authenticate certain documents before they will be accepted – enter an apostille. You will need an apostille if you ever need a foreign country to recognize an official public document such as birth, […]

Representing Your Client in a Foreclosure

There are two main sides to a foreclosure – the borrower and the lender. There are many considerations when representing either side, but you can start by reviewing the following: If you represent the borrower, begin by analyzing the client’s options.  A list of available workout options can be found at the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline […]

Transferring Assets – Estate Planning

In Colorado, there are a number of ways to transfer assets from one generation to the next. They fall into three basic categories. First, inheritance or probate transfers. Second, transfers by trust. Third, transfers by operation of law. Each has unique advantages and disadvantages. Inheritance or probate transfers: This is the transfer most people think […]

Home Foreclosure Resources

Foreclosure – Programs and Incentives Available In Colorado, the place to start is the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline 1-877-601-HOPE. The website contains excellent information Colorado Foreclosure Hotline is a HUD-approved counseling agency. If you represent the Lender, then right to cure letters must include reference to this agency using language such as: There may be […]

Non-Traditional Family Units – Guardianships

A. Guardianships Guardianship traditionally existed so that parental responsibilities could be exercised when parents are unavailable due to death, military deployment or other circumstances. (1) Temporary Guardianship. Guardianship may be granted by a parent while the parent is unable to care for her children. Most states have specific forms that a parent may use to […]

Non-Traditional Family Units – Grandparent Rights

A. Grandparent Rights In the last thirty years, extended family, and particularly grandparents, have increasingly shouldered child rearing responsibilities. Some states give standing to non-parents to seek custody of children in their care. For example, in Colorado parental responsibilities (custody) may be sought “by a person other than a parent, by filing a petition seeking […]

Non-Traditional Family Units – Same Sex Couples

A. Same Sex Couples While the concept remains controversial, there is a demonstrable trend in some parts of the U.S. to recognize marriage rights for same sex partners. Thirteen states now permit marriage by persons of the same gender (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and […]

Non-Traditional Family Units – Cohabitating Couples

A. Cohabitating Couples In the past forty years the number of unwed couples living together and raising families together has mushroomed. The law has changed in many respects, but there are still significantly less legal protections for cohabitating couples compared with married couples. (1) Common Law Marriage. Common law marriage is not recognized in the […]

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