Trial – How to Prepare When You are Representing Yourself Part 2

Trial – How to Prepare When You are Representing Yourself Part 2

Representing yourself at trial can be daunting. This article is intended to help you prepare to represent yourself at a hearing or trial by providing information about evidence and exhibits. You might start with our previous post on preparing for trial when you are representing yourself. EVIDENCE Remember when you learned the scientific method in grade school? The Colorado Rules of Evidence somewhat mirror the scientific method—they help you marshal all the clues into one large coherent story. The Colorado Rules of Evidence are the rules that govern how each party’s story will be told and they apply to each … Read more

Trial – How to Prepare When You are Representing Yourself

Trial – How to Prepare When You are Representing Yourself

Representing yourself at trial? Here are a few pointers for planning your time and witness preparation.  It may sound difficult, but if you allow yourself enough time, you can prepare yourself for your hearing. TIME FOR TRIAL and PREPARATION To plan your case, you MUST know how much time is allotted for your hearing. It should be printed on your Notice, in a Pre-Hearing Order, or in your Case Management Order. If you do not have such a Notice or Order, call the Court Clerk and ask how much time is allotted for the hearing, and how much of that … Read more

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Do I Need a Lawyer?

My grandmother lived in the same small South Dakota town since the end of World War II and died at the age of 92 in 2013. My mother was tasked with administering her estate. Even I assumed the process would be relatively easy. My grandmother had a small amount of assets and had a will. Wrong! South Dakota required the personal representative of the estate (i.e. the “executor”) to hire an attorney. When another family member died in late 2016, a brief inquiry by his personal representative revealed that the law in South Dakota remains unchanged. To administer even a small … Read more

Estate Planning When You Own a Second Home

Estate Planning When You Own a Second Home

What should you do with that vacation home in Florida, your little cabin in the woods of Michigan, your timeshare at the Las Vegas Casino, or your sunbird condo in Arizona when you are planning your estate or writing your will? With the decrease in the need for tax planning trusts, and the relatively streamlined probate process in Colorado, many clients are choosing not to use a trust when they visit us about their estate planning needs. One pesky issue usually remains: their out-of-state second home. If they do not attend to it prior to their death, ancillary probate will … Read more