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Why would I need a lawyer for a car accident claim? How do I go about modifying my child custody arrangement? Do I need to set up a trust, or is a simple will all I need? We answer questions like these and many more in our collection of Frequently Asked Questions.

Personal Injury

If both drivers are ticketed after a crash, who is liable for damages?

Will all of my hospital bills be paid by the at-fault party’s insurance company if I win my case? How much does it cost to hire an attorney for my auto accident claim? We answer questions like these and many more in our auto accident frequently asked questions.

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How can a DUI affect my life and others?

Despite laws against driving under the influence, drunk drivers still get behind the wheel, endangering their own lives and the lives of those they encounter.

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How is an accident case involving an Uber driver different from an accident case involving a taxi or a regular passenger vehicle?

The answer to that question is not that simple. Call our office and we can help determine the liability.

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Who is to blame for my Colorado Springs Car Accident?

That question is easily answered by knowing the ins-and-outs of Colorado’s Comparative Negligence Law.

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Family Law

Do I need a lawyer to file for divorce?

What should I expect in spousal support from my ex? Do I have to share custody of my infant daughter? We take on the tough questions you may have about your divorce, custody, or other family law issue and answer as many as we can in our collection of frequently asked questions.

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Do I have to share custody with my ex?

Will my wife automatically get primary custody? What will happen to my custody agreement if I have to move out of state for work? We answer questions like these and many more in our child custody frequently asked questions.

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Do I have to go along with my ex's request for a child support modification?

How can I best present my case to a judge? Why do I need an attorney to do this? We answer questions like these during a consultation.

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How long does a divorce take in Colorado?

What does a “no-fault” divorce mean? How do I make sure my ex is required to continue to pay the mortgage after he moves out? First I’d like to talk about the Colorado law itself. In the state of Colorado, at least 91 days must have passed since the court acquired jurisdiction over the respondent. What that means is that the court needs to reacquire jurisdiction, or the respondent needs to have been served, and then 91 days needs to have lapsed at that point in time.

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What is a retainer?

A retainer is like a security deposit you pay your lawyer. It is a sum of money that insures the lawyer will work on your case. The lawyer is not allowed to withdraw money from the retainer until he or she earns and completes work on your case. Here at Springs Law Group, we withdraw from the retainer at the end of the month for the work we have done on your case. We also have a replenishing retainer. What that means is, once we withdraw from your retainer, we ask you to replenish it to the original balance. Think of it as filling up your gas tank before you hit the empty light. We dont want you running out of gas halfway through your case!

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How much will my divorce cost me?

Most lawyers hate answering this question. The reason? No one case is the same as another. Case costs depend on a lot of factors, an attorneys original retainer fee, the attorney’s hourly rate, if there is an expert on board, and lastly, how contentious your case is. Here at Springs Law Group, we try to be the most efficient with your money. We know and respect how expensive it is to hire an attorney. We will give you tips along the way on how to keep your costs low.

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Where do I file for divorce?

This question deals with the concept of jurisdiction. While jurisdiction sounds like a complicated issue, it is easily solved.  A good rule of thumb is that you file for divorce in the county that you have been living in for more than 91 days. Generally, if you have children, in order for the Court to make orders about the children, the children will need to have lived in the State of Colorado for a little over 6 months. If your living in El Paso County, you would file your divorce case with the Judicial District.

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Do I need a lawyer for my divorce case?

In our opinion, the answer is always yes. However, that decision is up to you and the facts of your case. We always say yes because we know the divorce legal process better than you. We know the law, we know the judges, and we know how to fight. Our lawyers will guide you through the process, advise you along the way, and advocate for you. Having Springs Law Group on your side will only benefit you throughout this difficult time in your life.

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Estate Planning

What is a living will?

A living will or an advance directive for medical/surgical treatment is a document where you make decisions for yourself if you are even in a terminal condition or persistent vegetative state. In a living will, you make specific decisions related to life sustaining procedures and artificial nutrition and hydration.

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How much will my estate plan cost?

The cost of your individual estate plan varies on the complexity and needs of the client. At Springs Law Group, estate planning is done on a flat fee basis which includes meetings with the attorney, drafting of the documents, review and signing meetings and email and phone communications.

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What is estate planning?

Estate planning is a proactive way to prepare for your future, your property, who will receive your assets and who can make medical and financial decisions for you if you become incapacitated. An estate plan can include a will, a trust, power of attorney documents, a HIPAA waiver and a living will.

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What is probate?

Probate is the legal process that transfers your assets and property to your designated beneficiaries in your will or if you do not have a will to your heirs by Colorado law. All wills and non-will estates must be probated, but the level of Court involvement will depend on how your estate plan is formed and executed.

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What are the advantages of a trust over a will?

Do I need a living will? Can I prevent family members from inheriting from me? How can I make sure my minor children are taken care of? We answer questions like these and many more in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

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Do I need a trust, or is a will sufficient?

What is probate and why do I want to avoid it? Can I use a will to set aside money for my child’s education? We tackle questions like these in our frequently asked questions so that you can do the background research you need to do before making decisions about your estate plan.

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