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Frie, Arndt & Danborn - Attorneys - Colorado Landscape

Our attorneys offer a full range of legal services in the following areas:

Family Law

Family Law is a broad area of law that includes many individual topics. These include separation and divorce, allocation of parental rights (including what are commonly called custody, visitation, and parenting time), child support and related financial matters including health insurance coverage and allocation of the dependency exemption, domestic violence, maintenance or spousal support, the use of prenuptial or antenuptial agreements, adoption, grandparent visitation rights, and conservatorship and guardianship actions regarding children.Mr. Frie does not practice family law, but Jim Arndt and Paul Danborn both have family law practices. While these attorneys may not practice every aspect of family law, either of them would be happy to talk with you about your concerns and see who could best be efficiently helpful.

These attorneys know and believe that family law problems can be among the most challenging for clients. Issues such as substance abuse and violence in the home are frequently present, and in any event experiencing trouble in any of these areas of life always poses emotional, financial, and psychological challenges in addition to trying to wend your way through ever changing Colorado law.

We take all of these things into account as we try to help you resolve the problems that confront you as effectively and inexpensively as possible.

Estate Planning

Our firm handles a variety of estate planning matters, including representing individuals in the planning of the distribution of their property at his or her death through the preparation of a Will and or a Trust. Our attorneys possess the knowledge and expertise in the area of estate planning so as to ensure that our clients gain the maximum benefit of all laws, while at the same time, carrying out their wishes. There are many types of estate planning documents that can be helpful and we will help you determine what will fit your decisions and circumstances best:

  • Financial power of attorney
  • Medical power of attorney
  • Living Will
  • Trust
  • Last Will
  • Special Needs Trusts, Family Trusts/Partnerships, Revocable/Irrevocable Trusts, Living Trusts

Home Owners Association / Community Association Law

We offer legal representation to both home owners and home owner associations in a variety of matters ranging from collection of assessments/dues, enforcement and compliance disputes, drafting, interpretation, and preparation of Covenants, Bylaws, and other governing documents.

Litigation & Appeals

Our firm represents and advises clients who are or might become involved in a lawsuit or appeal as a result of a dispute, including prevention and settlement. Our many years of experience with trials and litigation cases means that we will bring you a high level of service and knowledge.

Real Estate Law

All of the attorneys at Frie Arndt & Danborn practice real estate law to some degree. The types of cases that present themselves include such fairly straightforward things as the purchase or sale of an individual home to more complex matters including subdivision of large parcels of land, the creation and enforcement of restrictive covenants, boundary disputes, access problems, easements, residential and commercial leasing, landlord tenant law and eviction.

Clients’ real estate concerns are always interesting, and frequently involve the need for quick work, and effective communication with other members of a client’s team. This usually includes an opposing party, and may include surveyors, one or more title insurance companies, builders or other contractors, and government officials including planning and zoning employees and sometimes even a Board of County Commissioners or other governing body.

All of us at Frie Arndt & Danborn from the most senior partners to the newest member of our staff understand the need for polite but effective communication not only with our clients, but also with the many other individuals who are usually involved in any given transaction involving real property. It is our belief that the use of a calm and effective vocabulary does much to move transactions forward constructively, which always saves our client time and money.

Please contact any one of us if you have an existing or upcoming concern that involves real property.

Probate & Estate Administration

The death of a loved one is difficult on its own, but when you are left with the responsibility of the loved one’s property and assets it comes at a trying time. We understand that those involved are dealing with a difficult situation and emotions are high, we will help you deal with the estate as either the executor/personal representative of the will or an heir. Probate is the legal process by which property owned by someone who has passed away is passed to his or her heirs after death. Estate Administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased’s assets. The laws governing probate and estate administration are very complex, however, our firm’s attorneys are well versed in this area and are able to effectively represent individuals in all phases of the probate and estate administration process.

Elder Law

Our office can draft a simple power of attorney to help you designate a person to make financial or medical decisions when you are unable to do so. A lawyer from our firm is in court frequently helping people become appointed as a guardian or a conservator for a loved one who is not able to care of his or her affairs any longer. We can explain how you can qualify to get Medicaid to help pay for your nursing home expenses. Our attorneys can draft a Will or a Trust for you so you can control your own assets at your death. We can also help you minimize the estate tax that you pay upon death.

Business Organizations

Our firm assists clients in the planning, formation, and operation of their business, whether it be a closely held business, limited liability company, partnership, or corporation (LLC, LLP, PC, Corp, Inc.) . We advise our clients about directors’ and officers’ liability, dissolution, franchising, reorganization, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, successions, and shareholders’ rights to ensure that they are kept up to date and in compliance with the laws governing their particular business entity.

Business & Commercial Law

We provide a broad range of legal services to our business clients from assisting in the selection of the type of organizational entity under which to operate, preparation of agreements, sale and purchase of businesses, employee relations, to dissolution.

Contract Law

Our clients rely upon our firm for advice in the interpretation, negotiation, and drafting of contracts for various types of issues. We also represent clients involved in contract disputes.

Personal Injury

Legal service consumers have a wide choice of attorneys to choose from if they have suffered a personal injury.

Most of these claims are covered by insurance. In a world of increasingly cranky insurance adjusters, the attorneys at Frie Arndt & Danborn offer very individualized care and treatment of the claims of our clients who have suffered injuries at the hand of some other person or entity. Whether your injuries stem from a traffic accident, a slip and fall, some form of malpractice, an assault or battery, or any other source other than a workplace injury, chances are one of the attorneys at Frie Arndt & Danborn has experience relevant to your claim.

Initial consultations for these types of claims are always at no charge, and cases are typically handled on a contingent fee basis. This means that you pay no attorneys fees if there is no recovery. The law firm collects a percentage of your recovery if we are successful. Clients always pay any costs associated with the claim.

All of us at Frie Arndt & Danborn understand that the decision as to whether to pursue a claim or not is vitally important for our clients. No matter how good your legal counsel is, pursuing these claims is still challenging for folks, and can be costly. An accurate evaluation of your claim is therefore critical. That is what we try to offer at the firm, along with effective use of the judicial system or alternative dispute resolution to force a fair result for you. This is usually by settlement, but can be achieved by conducting a trial in front of a jury.

We welcome your call if you or someone you know has been injured.

Mediation / Arbitration

Jim Arndt is developing a Mediation and Arbitration practice within the firm. Mr. Arndt’s Mediation/Arbitration practice focuses on three primary areas, Real Estate, Family Law, and Homeowner Association/Community Association law. Within this practice he offers three approaches to what is commonly called Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR.

Mediation is a process by which the mediator tries to create an environment where all sides to the dispute have an opportunity to safely and constructively express themselves, working toward resolving the conflict by mutual agreement. A mediator typically provides no insight as to the legal correctness of any particular point of view, and has no power to make a decision for the parties.

A Settlement Conference is conducted much like a mediation, but, within certain parameters, Mr. Arndt also provides opinions about the likely outcome of any party’s position should the matter proceed to trial.

Arbitration is a process resembling litigation or trial more than mediation. All parties try to persuade the arbitrator of the correctness of their position, and the arbitrator renders a decision for the parties that may or may not be binding.

Contact Jim Arndt if you have an interest in exploring the possibility of using one of these alternative methods to resolve any dispute to which you might be a party.

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