APR – You are a Caregiver

This memo will give you a general idea of possible legal options after a Dependency action closes with an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR) to a family member. Termination of Parental Rights remains a possibility under the kinship adoption statute, Colo. Rev. Stat. §19-5-203. For information for parents, see  Allocation of Parental Rights If you […]

Allocation of Parent Rights – For Parents

This memo gives parents a general idea of possible legal options after a Dependency action closes with an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR) to a family member. Termination of Parental Rights remains a possibility under the kinship adoption statute, Colo. Rev. Stat. §19-5-203. For information for caregivers, see  APR – You are a Caregiver If […]

What is a fiduciary?

When you meet with an estate planning attorney, you will be asked to choose your fiduciaries. Fiduciaries are trusted agents who carry out your wishes during a period of disability or after death: A Personal Representative – administers the will, collects the assets for distribution, deals with the details of the estate. A Trustee – administers the […]

What is a Guardian Ad Litem – a G.A.L.?

Literally, Guardian Ad Litem means, Guardian “of the matter”. In Colorado, a Guardian ad Litem (G.A.L.) is an attorney who represents the “best interests” of children and adults in dependency and neglect matters, guardianship, family and adoption proceedings. In most other areas of the law, an attorney’s work is guided by her client’s directions. But because a G.A.L. often represents […]

Here come the holidays!

Mary Davis Law Family Dispute

The holidays are just around the corner and emotions are running high. For so many people there are mixed feelings: excitement but also stress. One of the biggest stressors for parents (and grandparents and other caregivers) and children is how to reach an agreement for parenting time during the holidays. When families break up, there are almost […]