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Legal representation is not required in all circumstances regarding the law. However, legal advice and assistance can make a huge impact. Some people may be informed on law topics but do not have the jurisdiction, or the legal power, to provide legal advice.
Legal advice is a professional and formal opinion regarding a topic under the law.
Only a licensed attorney is permitted to provide legal advice. Paralegals and law assistants may provide information or facts. Only a licensed attorney can provide an expert opinion.
Presently, the number of laws, policies, regulations, modifications and amendments are growing exponentially. Experts in the industry specialize in practice areas of law to provide the best subject matter skill and knowledge. The team at Sanders Law firm is dedicated to serve our clients with an extensive breadth of practice areas we specialize in. Whether it be divorce, family, and marital law, class action and mass tort law, personal injury law, intellectual property counseling, probate and trust administration, business litigation, or construction defect litigation, Sanders Law Firm attorneys would be happy to provide legal advice or collaborate on the best possible outcome for you.
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There are few conditions hiring a lawyer is required. Colorado law does not require individuals to hire a lawyer under any circumstances. However, even the most practiced attorneys hire their peers for certain situations, because it is likely the smart option. Whether it be a family law case, a patent or a personal injury case, hiring an attorney has various benefits.
The value of hiring a lawyer is that, besides partnering with someone who has an expertise in practicing cases related to a law issue, lawyers can save you time and money.
The law is complex and complicated. Your financial freedom or personal freedom may be in jeopardy. Hiring a lawyer provides a licensed advisor in the desired area. Lawyers are dedicated to providing professional counsel and protecting your rights. Lawyers know how to use, challenge or suppress evidence. They are subject matter experts in similar cases and the legal history of a particular matter. Law is ‘practiced’, not only studied. With at least seven years of education and a following period in practice, a lawyer will be prepared to partner with you on your case.
The decision to hire a lawyer may involve some research. When searching for a lawyer, know their expertise, know their prices and rates, and understand their input. During this process, you will need someone to be your advocate.
The attorneys at Sanders Law Firm in Colorado Springs are committed to making sure the law does right by you. Should you be interested in hiring a lawyer regarding family law, divorce law, marital law, intellectual property, patents, trademarks, copyrights, business litigation, wills, trusts and estate planning, personal injury, probate and trust administration, medical malpractice, or another case, Sanders Law Firm attorneys have a breadth of experience. We would be happy to schedule a consultation most convenient for you.
Hiring a lawyer is a smart decision and a financial decision. Your case is important. Appropriate attention, guidance, and legal expertise is likely required. When deciding to hire a lawyer, consider the types of payments and legal fees. From Family Lawyers in Colorado Springs to Corporate and Business Organization Lawyers in Colorado Springs, legal fees will vary.
Consultation Fee: Meeting for a consultation has a mutual benefit. As the client, you will learn the lawyer’s background and discuss the case in more detail. A lawyer may charge a fixed fee or an hourly fee for the meeting. At Sanders Law Firm, we provide a free 30-minute consultation.
Contingency Fee: This fee only applies to cases when the result claims money. The lawyer will agree to accept a percentage of the amount when they win the case. If they lose the case, neither the client nor the lawyer will receive money. In this scenario, the client is not required to pay the attorney for the work done. However, the client will have to pay court filing fees and similar charges.
Flat Fee: A specific total amount charged. This fee is usually related to simple or routine cases such as a will.
Hourly Fee: Every hour that the lawyer is working on the case they will charge this certain fee amount.
Retainer Fee: As a deposit for the lawyer’s time, a lawyer will charge a specific amount at the beginning of the relationship. The cost of services (or the hourly fee) will accrue and be subtracted from this amount. A retainer fee can sometimes mean the lawyer is immediately available to handle your legal problems for a certain period.
Statutory Fee: This is a set fee by statute or the court.
Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance in the state of Colorado, is a court order for one party to provide an income to a non-wage-earning or low-wage earning spouse. Not every divorce order includes alimony, but this option introduces an opportunity for the economic status to be fair for the spouse of a lower income at the time of the divorce.
Colorado recently developed a formula for spousal maintenance to standardize maintenance planning. This guideline and formula impacts couples that have a gross income of less than $240,000 per year and have been married between three and 20 years. However, there are multiple factors that can also impact that calculation. Recent laws changed the tax on spousal maintenance as well. This will change the landscape for the amounts in consideration during the trials. Many family law and divorce law attorneys will guide you in establishing a maintenance agreement.
Parenting is arguably one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs that exist. In a divorce or separation, parenting time is split. Many times, a parent with the primary household has significantly more parenting time (or custody) granted. In such situations, child support is a mandatory court order for the non-custodial parent to comply with.
The courts priority is always in the best interest of the children during a family law trial. Contrary to popular belief, and distinct from alimony, child support orders do not only cover a child’s necessities. Child support was created to cover expenses related to living expenses as well as school fees, extracurricular activities, entertainment, and the like. Discussions to establish child support can be an informal negotiation with your family lawyers in attendance, an alternative dispute resolution (ADR), or a court hearing.
Navigating through a separation or divorce is an emotional and time-consuming undertaking. During such a sensitive time, your family lawyer is available for support and guidance.
Colorado is a "no-fault" state which means courts can't consider either spouse's misconduct or fault (infidelity, drug use, ect.) how to divide property, or whether to award alimony. The only grounds for divorce in Colorado is the "irretrievable breakdown" of the marriage. This just means that the couple can't get along, and there is no chance for reconciliation. In Colorado, it only takes one party to declare the marriage irretrievably broken. Even is the other party objects, the Judge will enter the divorce decree.
Yes. One of the parties must live in Colorado for at least 91 days before filing a petition (legal paperwork) for divorce. If there are minor children involved, they must reside in Colorado for a minimum of 182 days before a petition is filed.
A legal separation is based on the same grounds as divorce and the same objectives will be addressed. Child custody, financial support, and a division of the marital estate will occur. However, the difference is that the parties are still legally married. This typically entitles spouses to retain insurance benefits, as well as other caveats.
The soonest parties can be divorced in Colorado is 91 days after: service on the Respondent or a waiver of service, or a joint petition being filed. This is only if both parties agree on 100% of the issues and submit their written agreements to the Court. Should you need to go to Court due to remaining contested issues, you case will last anywhere between 9 -12 months. This is because many parties also need judicial intervention in their case.

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