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Real estate gone awry, gone away?

by Jim Arndt

Real estate gone awry, gone away? Lately I’ve met with several clients who have discouraging real estate problems. In almost every case, these problems could have been avoided by checking with a lawyer before a transaction was completed. Here are some examples of the types of cases I’m talking about. I have met with several […]



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HOA Must Allow Emotional Support Animal

by Paul Danborn

A condominium HOA with a no-pet rule was found liable for violating the Fair Housing Act after refusing to allow an owner suffering from depression and anxiety to keep his dog.  The owner provided a letter from his psychiatrist documenting his disability and need for the dog, but the HOA refused to negotiate or provide […]



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Alternative Dispute Resolution

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

The use of alternative of dispute resolution techniques has become an integral part of the legal system in Colorado. Its presence requires understanding and vigilance by Colorado lawyers. Not only will courts be ordering ADR in a greater number of cases, clients will be requesting it. The use of ADR offers ways to provide creative […]



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Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Arbitration is a process whereby One or more neutral and impartial expert third parties hear and consider the evidence and testimony provided by the disputants and issue a binding or non-binding decision. In arbitration, the parties to a dispute agree to use privately selected decision maker(s) to resolve their case. Arbitration is most frequently accessed via a […]



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Alternative Dispute Resolution – Summary Jury Trial

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Summary Jury Trial A summary jury trial is a process whereby -summary presentations in complex cases -are made before a jury empaneled to make findings -which may or may not be binding. The summary jury trial is the only ADR method which provides for case presentation before a jury. Although the […]



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Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mini Trial

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION – MINI TRIAL A mini-trial is a process whereby -a neutral and an official with settlement authority from each party -listen to the evidence and conduct settlement negotiations. The mini-trial uses elements of negotiation, mediation and adjudication to facilitate settlement. Parties or their representatives are exposed in the non-binding mini-trial to the […]



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Colorado Judicial Organization

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Organization of the Judicial Branch The Colorado Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort. Requests to review decisions of the Colorado Court of Appeals constitute a majority of the Supreme Court’s filings. The Colorado Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court.  The Court of Appeals has jurisdiction, with exceptions, over appeals […]



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Juror Questions #4

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Who will pay me for serving as a juror? Your employer has a duty under state law (§ 13-71-126, C.R.S.) to pay regular wages up to $50 per day if you are regularly employed. Employers may pay more than $50 by mutual agreement. If you are self-employed, you must compensate yourself for the first three […]



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Judicial System – Questions about Jury Duty #3

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Do I still have to serve on jury duty if I am a dependant of OR an active duty member serving in the military and do not claim residency in Colorado? Military members are not exempt from jury duty in Colorado. If you are living in the County you are summoned for, you must report […]



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Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques – Settlement Conference

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques – Settlement Conference A Settlement Conference is a process whereby: -a neutral and impartial legal professional -hears both sides of the case and conducts an informal assessment and negotiation session -may advise the parties on the law and precedent relating to the dispute and suggest a settlement. Settlement conferences may be held […]



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Judicial Information – Jury #2

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

What if my employer doesn’t want to pay me for the first three days of service? Your employer has a duty under state law (§ 13-71-126, C.R.S.) to pay regular wages up to $50 per day if you are regularly employed. Employers may pay more than $50 by mutual agreement. If you are a part-time […]



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Insurance Policy review

by Jim Arndt

Check your insurance policies and your mail At Frie, Arndt and Danborn, we’ve had lots of experience with insurance companies in terms of settling claims for injuries or other losses. Most insurance companies take a dim view of paying much money out to settle claims, so attorneys usually have to work hard for compensation for […]



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Value of Written Agreements

Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques – Mediation

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques – Mediation Mediation is a process whereby -a neutral and impartial third party (the mediator) -facilitates communication between negotiating parties which -may enable the parties to reach settlement. Mediation is recommended when the parties’ emotions or positional bargaining have restricted their ability to negotiate with each other, but they do not want […]



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Judicial system facts #1-Jury Service

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Jury Service “Why do I receive [jury] summonses year after year, when other people don’t? Since the summons process is random, there is no easy explanation to this question. Each name goes into the system with a different random number attached to it each year. In some counties with small populations, almost every qualified citizen […]



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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – Negotiation

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Negotiation Negotiation is a process whereby -disputants communicate with each other, directly or indirectly, -about the issues in disagreement -in order to reach a settlement of their differences. Negotiation is the process people use most often to settle disputes. We negotiate all types of disagreements in our personal lives and in […]



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Probate – When Someone Dies #4

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Probate – When Someone Dies #4  “Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult. We hope this information will help you focus on what you need to do and what you may wish to delegate to friends and family. This brochure will provide you with some basic information on what you may need […]



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Estate Planning – Avoiding Probate – Living Trust

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Estate Planning – Avoiding Probate – Transfer of Assets Outside of Probate – What is a Living Trust?   Living Trusts A living, or intervivos, trust may be revocable or irrevocable, and it may be funded or unfunded. A funded living trust is an alternative to a will and to probate. In a funded living […]



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Community Issues – The Neighborhing Movement

by Bob Frie

Community issues – The Neighboring Movement The number of disputes between neighbors are increasing. There are many reasons for such disputes including things as simple as leaves falling in the neighbor’s yard. Even more common as metropolitan areas increase in size and people buy and sell property faster is that we do not really know […]



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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) #3 – Choosing a neutral party

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Selecting a third-party neutral or provider of ADR services is like choosing any other professional. The person(s) must meet the requirements of the case and of the parties. At a minimum, the neutral cannot favor any of the parties. Furthermore, the neutral must be impartial and may not have a “stake in the outcome of […]



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Estate Planning: Avoiding Probate–Transfers of Assets Outside of Probate

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Life Insurance Life insurance proceeds pass to whomever you have named to receive those benefits; that person is the beneficiary. The insurance company will have a record of the beneficiary you chose when you purchased your policy. You also should keep a record of the current beneficiaries of each life insurance policy. You have the […]



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Value of Written Agreements

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Access to ADR Techniques The use of ADR techniques may be initiated by the parties or ordered by the Court. Court-ordered ADR is available in both state and federal courts. The Dispute Resolution Act, C.R.S. §13-22-301 et seq., establishes the Office of Dispute Resolution and grants authority to Colorado courts of record to refer a […]



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Estate Planning – Avoiding Probate – Account Designations

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

Estate Planning – Avoiding Probate-Transfers of Assets Outside Probate Survivorship Interests Holding property with another under a survivorship interest such as joint tenancy is sometimes used as an inexpensive alternative to a will or trust. A survivorship interest may be applied to both real and personal property. However, there are large pitfalls to this transfer […]



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Alternative Dispute Resolution

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

“The term Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an umbrella phrase used to describe problem-solving methods or techniques. Many of these techniques have been used throughout history, but have recently become institutionalized in response to the need for efficient and cost-effective dispute settlement. The United States’ legal system was created as an alternative to violent, self-help […]



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Estate Planning – Answers about Powers of Attorney #7

by Bob Frie

In every power of attorney, there are powers that are outlined and for the agent. Some have heard the term “hot powers”. “What are “hot powers”? For all Powers of Attorney signed after January 1, 2010, you must state that the agent has certain powers, casually referred to as “hot powers.” These “hot powers” include […]



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Homeowners Associations – Community Property Managers

by Paul Danborn

Community property managers must be licensed by July 1, 2015 and must pass an exam to become licensed. Recent news reports stated the pass rate for that exam is only about 75%. On the one hand, those numbers seem to reflect a general lack of knowledge among a quarter of those people seeking to manage […]



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To be, or not to be…Divorced

by Jim Arndt

All the attorneys at Frie, Arndt and Danborn have practiced family law, or as a relative thinks it is more accurately described, “unfamily” law. It is a challenging area of practice, often requiring as much insight into the human psyche as into Colorado law. This area of practice includes many topics, but almost all of […]



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Issues with Neighbors

by Paul Danborn

  Are you having ongoing problems with your neighbor(s)? The City of Arvada’s police department offers a neighborhood dispute resolution process very similar to mediation that may help defuse tensions, and other cities may have similar programs. If your neighbor refuses to participate, there are still several things you can do to protect yourself from […]



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Frie, Arndt & Danborn – General practice lawyers

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

  At Frie Arndt & Danborn we handle Real Estate, Divorce, Homeowners Association issues for both homeowners and associations, Civil Litigation, Probate, Elder Law, Mediation, Asset Planning, Wills, Guardianships/Conservatorships, Child Support issues, Maintenance/Alimony issues, Purchase/Sale of real estate, Small Claims cases, and many more.   And we do them all well. We have handled cases […]



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Parenting Plans – Best Interests of Children

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

What are the “Best Interests” of the Child? “In determining parental responsibilities (decision-making responsibilities and parenting time), parents should consider the age, independence, emotional needs and development of the child as well as the schedules of each parent. Although there may have been certain parenting “schedules” prior to the, the filing of a legal action, […]



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