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What is your family law sales pitch?

     I don't have one.  Typically, if you call ten family law or divorce attorneys, most of them  will tell you that your case is "good."  That is because every case is a  winner and every case is a loser.  So the attorney is going to be  optimistic.  Besides, would you hire an attorney who said you had a bad  case?
 

   When you ask about the price or cost of your action, most lawyers  will say costs vary.  It depends on what happens, and how much work the  case takes.  The sales pitch concludes with, "lets start off with a  $1500 retainer.  I will fight like a rabid pit bull for you.  I am the  lawyer the other side does not want you to hire, etc. etc. etc."
 

   Of course, we both know what happens next.  
 

   You get the old "bait and switch."  Suddenly, the attorney is saying  that there are problems with the case.  Suddenly, the attorney is saying  this case will cost triple what he quoted.  Suddenly, you start getting  bills for another $1500, then another $1500 and so on.  What happened  here is you fell for a sales pitch and were told some very unrealistic  expectations as to price, strategy and the odds of winning.  At this  point, please call me for advice. 

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WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN SELECTING AN ATTORNEY?


   Choosing an attorney is similar to choosing a doctor.  You want  someone you can talk to, someone who cares, someone who is going to  listen to you and give you honest advise.  However, like a doctor a  lawyer should tell you the bad news as well as the good.  A lawyer  should tell you the truth, whether you want to hear it or not.  Without  an honest realistic prognosis of your legal case, you will suffer from  unrealistic expectations and make emotional rather than rational  choices.  This could lead to fatal errors.  Lawyers, like doctors,  should not be "yes" men.  Your attorney should be able to address  the four key questions of litigation: what are your goals, the odds of  winning, with what strategy and options, and at what expense.
 

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY FOR ME   TO  COLLECT CHILD SUPPORT?
 

  If the person has a job, call me to garnish his wages.  However, if  the person is self employed, or does cash jobs working for himself, you  will have to file for contempt of court.  The theory is if you give  someone a choice between six months in jail or paying child support, ,  they will choose to pay.  However, be warned that you have to factor in  the costs of holding someone in contempt before filing.  Often, the  loser has to pay attorney fees (but not always, so don't count on it).   In general, if it cost $3000 to collect $6000, then it is in your best  interest to file the contempt.
 

I WANT MY DIVORCE CASE TO FUND ITSELF.  CAN YOU FIGHT FOR  YOUR ATTORNEY FEES OR GET ME SO MUCH CHILD SUPPORT THAT IT COVERS YOUR  FEES?
 

  It is rare that a divorce or custody case self funds.  Attorney fees  are rarely granted, and relying on child support to pay your attorney  fees runs into a big problem.....once the person paying figures out you  are paying your attorney with the child support, they stop paying.
 

  The only way a family law case pays for itself is if you are fighting  defensively to reduce your child support.  If I can reduce your child  support $100 a month and you pay $3000 for your child support action,  your savings of $100 a month, $1200 a year, will pay you back in 30  months.


 
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the  result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for  every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither  the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
- Sun Tzu - The Art of War. 

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  WHY SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER?
 

   The main reason is for my strategy, advise and the fact that I will  do all the hard, frustrating work for you.  Litigation is very tricky,  and unless you know what you are doing, you will make a fatal mistake.   Don't count on the court clerk or Judge to help you.  They are  overworked, underpaid and overwhelmed by the number of cases they have  to handle.  Often they are tired and ill tempered.  You will not find  them sympathetic and they will not give you free legal advise.  The  analogy I like to use is if your car needs new brakes, you can save a  lot of money by going to Auto Zone and fixing it your self.  But if you  don't know what you are doing, you'll just do everything wrong, make the  situation worse and then have to pay a real mechanic to fix what you  did wrong as well as the brakes.
 

CAN YOU WIN MY CASE?
 

   I don't know.  I hope so.  Litigation is gambling.  Sometimes you win  and sometimes you lose.  What you need to win is skill, luck, evidence  to support your contentions and enough money to fund the case.  I've had  custody cases, where my client (the father) was a convicted felon and  had been convicted of domestic violence against the mother of  the  children.  Everybody in town figured I'd lose with such a "bad case."   But mother had bad luck and a bad attorney.  The witnesses they were  going to use against us decided they "didn't want to get involved" and  wouldn't testify against my client.  Then they ran out of money and the  attorney quit.  Guess what?  We ended up winning. 
 

 WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER WINNING?
 

   Litigation is a team sport.  I'm Denver Broncos' Coach Vic Fangio (Big fan of old  Shanahan and Fox - why did they fire him?), with the knowledge and the  strategy to take you as far as you can go.  You are the Denver Broncos.   You have to run when I say run and pass when I say pass.  First, we  have to agree on our goals and foment a strategy to achieve those  goals.  Just like a good football coach, I will try to win the super  bowl.  That is, I will fight to get you what ever you want.  On a  divorce case, most people want custody of the children, maximum child  support, maximum maintenance and as much of the marital assets as  possible.  But a good coach always has a back up plan.  If the Raiders  and Chiefs are doing well, the Broncos might not be good enough to win  the championship.  The back up plan is to just make the play offs.  If  the Broncos fight hard, the fans will forgive them.  In this situation,  the back up plan is "damage control."  If the other side wants custody  of the children and the Judge grants us 50/50 custody, that's a win.  It  is better than having weekend visitation.  If the other side wants $500  a month child support, and I can get $300 a month child support, that  is a win.  I've just saved you $200 a month, $2400 a year.  If you paid  me $3000 to do a child support defense, and I save you $200 a month, my  work will repay your attorney fees in 15 months ($200 x 15 = $3000) and  you got all my advise and work for free.
 

 I WANT CUSTODY OF MY CHILDREN.  I MIGHT COMPROMISE AND  SETTLE FOR A 50/50 %.  WHAT ARE SOME COMMON TACTICS USED TO GAIN  CUSTODY?
 

   The first is to attack the other parent and claim that they are a  danger to the children.  Common allegations are that the other uses  drugs, is an alcoholic, has a violent temper and is neglectful.  The  second is to hire a custody evaluator to do a psychological evaluation  of both parents and investigate their parenting ability.  The custody  evaluator will then testify in court that you are the better parent.   The last tactic is to make the custody case so expensive and frustrating  for the other person that they simply give up.  This is a great  tactic.  I've won many cases simply because my client and I refused to  quit and kept attacking and attacking even when all evidence and luck  was against us.  I have found that when the attorney bill hits about  $3500, people "give up" and start settling.
 

IF I SETTLE MY CASE FOR 50/50 % CUSTODY, DOES THAT MEAN THERE IS NO CHILD SUPPORT?
 

   It depends.  The guidelines say that no child support is owed by a  parent if every factor is equal.  So, if both parents earn the same  amount, have equal daycare and medical expenses and each has 182 over  nights, then there will be no child support.  But.....even with 50/50  parenting time, if father earns $3000 a month, mother $2000, father pays  $100 a month in medical insurance, and each has $400 a month in daycare  expenses, father will have to pay mother child support of $110 a month.
 

 WHAT IS A NON-CONTESTED DIVORCE?  I SEE THEM ADVERTISED FOR $399 IN THE PHONE BOOK.
 

   I love these deals.  They always end up a disaster and then  people have to hire me to clean up the mess.  A non contested divorce  means you have no children, no assets and you completely agree that the  only thing you want the court to do is dissolve your marriage.  The  paper work is minimal and can be completed by a lawyer for $399.  I  would honestly suggest that if your divorce is this easy, you do it  yourself.  Why hire a lawyer to push paper? 
 

I HAVE A GREAT CASE FOR YOU.  MY SPOUSE HAS BEEN  CHEATING ON ME, AND LYING ABOUT EVERYTHING.  IF WE TELL THE JUDGE ABOUT  THIS MISCONDUCT, AS WELL AS THE THREATS TO RUIN ME AND ALCOHOLISM, I  FIGURE THE JUDGE WILL BE SO ANGRY, THAT HE WILL GIVE ME EVERYTHING I ASK  FOR- THE KIDS, ALIMONY, CHILD SUPPORT AND ALL THE MARITAL ASSETS.
 

  Actually, only the alcoholism is relevant.  Colorado is a "no fault"  state.  That means marital misconduct will not be considered in  determining custody, child support, maintenance and property division. 

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