Practice Areas

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Probate Litigation, Guardianship & Conservatorship

 Experienced in probate litigation in Colorado State Courts, including will contests, guardianship, conservatorship, and related proceedings.  Practice emphasis on representing elderly clients whose legal capacity is at issue.


  

Financial abuse and exploitation of vulnerable elders is matter of national concern, and is evident with increasing frequency in probate, estate and protective proceedings.  Trusted persons involved in an elder’s life – such as caretakers, family members, neighbors, friends and acquaintances – are the most common offenders.  If you are concerned that a vulnerable elder in your life may have been a victim of undue influence, fraud, or other improper conduct – or if you have been accused by other persons or government officials of such conduct – the firm is available to objectively discuss and evaluate your concerns, and provide exceptional legal counsel and/or representation to guide you through the complexities of your circumstances.

Author & presenter of CLE materials addressing legal determinations of decisional capacities & competencies of elderly and other persons.  E.g.:

"Duty and the Delusional Client: Ethics and Expert Evidence from the Edge," Program of the Behavioral Sciences Committee, Section of Science and Technology, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 3, 1998.

"Symposium on Specialized Knowledge:    I. Medical and Scientific Evidence of Causation; II. Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence," Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of Denver College of Law, April 30, 1998.

"Determining Decisional Capacities of Delusional Persons: Foundations in Fact and Fantasy," Program of Jurisprudence and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Sections, 50th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, San Francisco, California, February 12, 1998.

"Evidentiary and Policy Issues in Conservatorship Proceedings Involving Persons of Advanced Age," 3(4) Elder Law Review 1 (Young Lawyers Section, Nebraska State Bar Association, 1985) 

Alternative Dispute Resolution

 Experienced in representing individuals in mediations in legal proceedings in Colorado State and Federal Courts.

Consultation & Contract Services

 (These services available to lawyers only.)

Experienced in discovery and motion practice in State and Federal Courts.   Author and editor of various litigation and trial practice publications. 

Appeals

 Experienced in civil, criminal, and  domestic relations appeals in        Colorado State Courts.  Available for Appellate representation or consultation. 

Counselor at Law

 Available to provide legal counsel in areas of practice, by appointment.