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Need legal advice? Colorado Judicial Department hosts free virtual informational events

By: - October 14, 2020 1:06 pm

The Denver City and County Building at 1437 Bannock St. in Denver, seen on Aug. 5, 2020. (Quentin Young/Colorado Newsline)

The Colorado Judicial Department will host Free Legal Resource Days at several court locations throughout the state to provide information and guidance to community members facing a wide range of legal issues. 

Volunteer lawyers and others will teach sessions — some in-person, but most by telephone or videoconference — in seven judicial districts in late October, according to a press release from the Colorado Judicial Department. 

“The Judicial Department remains committed to providing self-represented litigants with the information and education they need to be prepared to appear before a judge,” the department said in the press release.

Low-income Coloradans can also seek assistance for a wide array of legal issues by contacting Colorado Legal Services. Assistance can be requested online by filling out a form. More information on specific sessions is summarized below. To request an interpreter for any of the events, email [email protected]

Free Legal Resource Days by County

Denver

When: Oct. 29, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Where: Denver City and County Building (check in on the second floor by the elevators.) Sessions are also available by phone or video conferencing via the Webex app (meeting ID: 929 534 402) or by calling 720-650-7664.
Registration: There is limited availability and you must preregister by calling 303-606-2442 or sending an email to [email protected]

Session topics:

  • Juvenile expungements (8-9 a.m.)
  • Power of attorney and living wills (9-10 a.m)
  • Protection orders (10-11 a.m)
  • Small claims (11 a.m-12 p.m.)
  • Estate planning 101 (12-1 p.m.)
  • Trial/hearing preparation (1-2 p.m.)
  • Domestic relations 101 (2-3 p.m.)
  • Landlord/tenant issues (3-4 p.m.)

More info: Free mediation sessions are also available, as well as 30-minute attorney sessions to talk about various topics, including sealing criminal cases, family law and landlord/tenant issues.

Huerfano and Las Animas

When: Oct. 27
Where: Sessions conducted by telephone or videoconference.
Registration: See below.

Session Topics:

  • Relatives Raising Children (10-11 a.m.): Discussion led by Kacie Mulhern, staff attorney at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. No preregistration required, but attendees will need to email [email protected] to receive login info.
  • Bankruptcy (12-1 p.m.): Presentation by Pueblo attorney Thomas Mathiowetz. No registration required, but attendees will need to email [email protected] to receive login info.
  • Ask-a-Lawyer Event (1-6 p.m.): Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about civil matters, including family law, housing matters, small claims, guardianship, conservatorship and sealing criminal records. Space is limited. Register by calling 719-695-6555 no later than Oct. 22.

El Paso and Teller

When: Oct. 30
Where: Virtual, hosted by The Justice Center in Colorado Spring
Registration: justicecentercos.org/legal-resource-day

Session Topics (prerecorded): 

  • Enforcing family law court orders
  • Eviction 101
  • Post-decree issues in family law
  • Property division and separation agreements
  • Completing sworn financial statements
  • How to present your case in civil court
  • Protection orders 101
  • Probate 101
  • Estate planning
  • Debt collection 101
  • Small claims 101

More info: 20-minute attorney appointments are available to discuss issues related to family law, probate, money cases, landlord/tenant issues and small claims.

Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel

When: October 26-30
Where: Consultations will be by phone or virtual platform.
Registration: Space is limited. Call 970-252-4312 or email [email protected] by Oct. 18 to register
Session Topics: Residents will be connected to an attorney to ask any questions they have related to legal matters.
More info: courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Self_Help/Legal%20Resource%20Day/7th.pdf

Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco

When: Oct. 26-30
Where: Sessions conducted by video conference.
Registration: Participants must preregister for events to receive login information by emailing [email protected] or calling Rachael Leable at 970-928-3061.

Sessions:

  • Water Law (Oct. 29 from 5- 6 p.m.): Presented by Ryan Jarvis, partner at Beattie, Houpt & Jarvis, LLP.
  • Family Law Mediation Services: participants can complete their court ordered family law mediation requirement.
  • Parenting through Divorce Class: participants can complete their court ordered parenting class requirement. 

More info:courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Self_Help/Legal%20Resource%20Day/9th.pdf

Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park

When: Oct. 30 (10:15 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Where: Sessions conducted by telephone and video conference. Check in time is 10:10-10:15 a.m.
Registration: No preregistration necessary. All sessions can be accessed using the Webex app (Meeting ID: 921 217 200 # #) or by calling 720-650-7664.

Session Topics:

  • Landlord focused eviction overview (10:15-11 a.m.): presented by attorney Carolin E. Topelson
  • Tenant focused eviction overview (11a.m.-12 p.m.): presented by Colorado Legal Services staff
  • Topics related to court procedures during COVID-19 (12-1 p.m.): presented by judicial staff

More info: If you have questions about the event, contact Rebecca Casey at 719-204-2222 or Miriam Jebe at 719-539-2561 ext. 30434.

Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache

When: Oct. 23 (9-11 a.m.)
Where: You can attend in person at participating courthouse locations listed online, or by video conferencing at judicial.webex.com.
Sessions Topic: Sealing records
More info: To RSVP, call Kaylene Guymon at 719-589-7621 or send an email to [email protected].

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Moe Clark
Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a freelance journalist and former Colorado Newsline reporter who covered criminal justice, housing, homelessness and other social issues.

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