Friendly Divorce ?

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Divorce and Legal Separation, Domestic Partnership) on 22-09-2015

We are excited and proud to announce the publication of the ninth edition of Friendly Divorce Guidebook for Colorado, How to Plan, Negotiate and File Your Divorce. Author Arden Hauer takes a thoughtful and detailed look at the divorce process, providing a wealth of information as well as ideas and suggestions on how to reach decisions and complete the required forms and paperwork.
“It has both practical advice and real life examples. In addition the Guidebook draws attention to complex financial issues, as well a legal red flags. The book is a reference for mediators, attorneys and pro se parties. It also has information on the emotional aspects of divorce and offers aids to therapists working in this area. As a mediator, therapist and educator this book has been part of my resources for years and I regularly recommend it to my clients”.
–Jane Irvine MA, LPC, NCC

The ninth edition . . .

  • Provides detailed information about the new Colorado Maintenance Guidelines and includes a Maintenance Calculation form.
  • Shows current Colorado court forms with line-by-line instructions.
  • Explains Colorado Case management procedure, simplified and easy to understand.
  • Includes current IRS tax information every divorcing couple should know.

Arden Hauer has been an attorney-mediator for over twenty-five years, and offers mediation services for divorce, legal separation, and post-divorce matters at the Center for Non-Adversarial Divorce in Denver West and Evergreen, Colorado. She also offers options for the marriage in difficult mediations to help couples decide together what they are going to do, developing their own solutions, including marital agreements and other legal alternatives. For more information visit

Find the Right Legal Words and Phrases in Spanish and English

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates) on 05-03-2014

We’re thrilled to announce the release of another excellent legal resource! Our new Legal Translation and Court Interpreting Dictionary: English|Spanish is not an ordinary bilingual dictionary. This dictionary is full of legal terminology used in courtrooms and legal documents in the U.S.A. and Latin America.  Author, Sean Stromberg, brings 25 years of court interpreting experience to the pages of his new book. He has collected the best translations for legal terms and phrases from his extensive library and other court interpretation resources. 

This bilingual dictionary is intended for all people who deal with Spanish Speaking clients and defendants, or deal with legal documents from other countries, as well as those who need to translate documents or forms into Spanish or English. Mr. Stromberg has also applied his extensive experience as a language teacher to ensure that this dictionary will be valuable both for court interpreters and attorneys and also of great use to business translators, linguists, language teachers, and law students. It is an excellent study resource for those who wish to improve their legal vocabulary in Spanish and English, and especially to prepare for court interpreter certification exams.

Legal Translation and court Interpreting Dictionary: English|Spanish is easy to use! The translations of terms are presented in the sequence that is most often used in the legal context to assist in translating from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.

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Understanding the 2014 Colorado Real Estate Contracts

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Real Estate) on 20-02-2014

We’re excited to announce the recent release of the new electronic book, “Levine’s Bible for 2014 Colorado Real Estate Contracts”! This book is a comprehensive reference book and study guide. Every line item in the Residential Sales Contract is discussed in detail; with historical notes, legal and statutory reference, and comparisons to the other sales contracts to help users fully understand how to complete the form in an actual transaction. The book contains relevant Colorado statutory provisions, rules of the Colorado Real Estate Commission and important court cases affecting and interpreting the CREC Contract.

The author, Kent Levine, wrote this book for professionals who need a clear understanding of the content and background of the Commission’s Contract. Real estate course instructors will have an in-depth guide to the contract all in one place. Real estate brokers will have an easy to use, ready reference when answers are needed in the office, or in the field. Students will find it easy to follow by using the colored legend to distinguish different sources of commentary, and attorneys will benefit from the statutory and regulation references throughout the document that provide sources for further investigation.
Key Features:

1.    Current! This book was released as the 2014 Contract became effective.

2.    Arranged in order of the individual sections of the contract.

3.    Unique color-coded legend on each page.

4.    Useful links to other contracts for reference.

5.    In depth discussion of the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act.

6.    Pointers for brokers.

7.    Red-flags, tips and warnings.

To become fluent with the Colorado Real Estate Commission forms, check out “Levine’s Bible for 2014 Colorado Real Estate Contracts” by Kent Levine.

5 Ways “Business Contracts—A Guide for Lawyers and Business Owners” Can Help You

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Business, Starting a Business) on 09-01-2014

“Business Contracts—A Guide for Lawyers and Business Owners” is an important resource for business owners and attorneys navigating today’s increasingly complex business environment. The new edition has been revised and is up-to-date with the latest business law legislation. This book covers a wide range of business topics  and provides tools needed to prepare documents used in the formation and operation of your company.

This book will help you:

•    Decide which entity best suits you or your clients needs and why;

•    Comply with federal and state securities laws;

•    Expertly draft opinion letters that contain the proper elements;

•    Understand personnel policies and wage and record-keeping requirements;

•    Draft organizational documents for different kinds of entities; and

•    Skillfully prepare asset purchase agreements and other M & A documents.

Drawing from over 25 years’ experience as a business lawyer, Mr. White has set out a practical discussion of areas of law relevant to conducting business, an outline of the latest legal trends, useful drafting tips, and more than 65 forms for the many types of agreements needed to conduct business.  The book includes a CD that contains the text of the book plus all the sample agreements and other forms in an easy to use format.

If you would like to find out more about this book, including the table of contents, check it out on the Bradford Publishing website. /Business-Contracts

Bradford Publishing Launches Colorado-Only Attorney Directory

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Business, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Colorado Deeds, Divorce and Legal Separation, Domestic Partnership, Employment Law, Eviction, Leases and Landlord Tenant, Mechanics Liens, Medical Marijuana, Probate, Real Estate, Wills and Estates) on 08-11-2013

We’re excited to announce our new Colorado Attorney Directory! On November 1st we launched an online directory to link Colorado consumers with Colorado attorneys. Bradford has offered information, products and services for Colorado attorneys, businesses and consumers for more than 100 years.  With changing technology, most of our products and services have moved online to our website.  Now, more than 12,000 people visit our website each month in search of legal resources.

Bradford provides lots of self-help solutions for you to complete a legal procedure on your own, but sometimes it’s not enough and contacting a legal expert is necessary. Now we can connect you to attorneys practicing in your local Colorado community. Deciding whether to hire an attorney is a big decision.  The bottom line is knowing if you’re capable and willing to take on a particular legal task yourself. Sometimes you don’t realize immediately that the task is beyond your capabilities.

The new Colorado-only Attorney Directory can help you find the right attorney. Laws vary by state so it’s important to follow Colorado law. We make sure the attorneys listed are lawyers in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court. They also have completed profiles on the site, so their expertise and experience is clear and allows you to know as much as possible about the lawyer’s practice before picking up the phone. Our goal is to provide easy access to Colorado attorneys who can help you find legal solutions.

Check out our new Colorado Attorney Directory and let us know what you think!

New Colorado Employment Law Blog by Kimberlie Ryan

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Business, Employment Law) on 29-08-2013

We’re excited to introduce a new Bradford blog category, Colorado Employment Law, provided by experienced attorney Kimberlie Ryan. Kim is a Bradford book author and the founder of Ryan Law Firm, LLC in Denver. 

Kim is an experienced trial lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, negotiator, prolific writer and the author of Employment Law Guidebook: For Colorado Business Owners and Human Resource Professionals. Winning several significant federal jury verdicts, and negotiating multi-million dollar settlements over nearly twenty years of practice, Kimberlie brings a wealth of practical litigation expertise to the Bradford Blog readers. 

Kimberlie’s blog posts will examine emerging issues in civil rights employment law, including such hot topics as legalization of marijuana and workplace rights and responsibilities; legal protections for LGBT workers and their families; social media and employment; sexual harassment and other hostile work environment topics; employer compliance issues; and newsworthy cases.

You are invited to follow the Bradford Blog and join us and Kimberlie Ryan as we explore important workplace legal issues.  We welcome your topic suggestions and comments to the posts.

For more information about Kimberlie Ryan see her website or contact her at

Colorado Legislative Update

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Divorce and Legal Separation, Real Estate) on 09-05-2013

It’s over! The 2013 Colorado Legislative Session ended May 8th. Here are a few of the bills we’ve been tracking . . .

1.    Civil Unions are now legal in Colorado. Watch for changes to the family law, probate and other forms.

2.    Probate

•    SB13-077 , the Probate Omnibus Bill, sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association’s Legislative Committee, updates and clarifies provisions of the Colorado Probate Code.

3.    Family Law

•    HB13-1058  creates a process, including guidelines as to the amount and term, for determining spousal maintenance in proceedings for divorce, legal separation or declaration of invalidity filed on or after January 1, 2014.

•    HB13-1204  enacts the “Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act” (Act). The bill describes the formation of premarital and marital agreements, when such agreements are effective, provisions that are unenforceable in premarital or marital agreements, and when an agreement is enforceable. Applies to agreements signed on or after July 1, 2014.

•    HB13-1209  makes several changes to portions of the Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act relating to child support obligations and how it is calculated, effective January 1, 2014.

4.    HOA bills:

•    SB13-126 prohibits a landlord or the unit owners’ association of a common interest community from preventing a tenant or unit owner from installing an electric vehicle charging system on property owned or exclusively controlled by the tenant or unit owner, at the tenant’s or unit owner’s expense.

It also allows grants to be made from the electric vehicle grant fund to landlords of multi-family apartment buildings and the unit owners’ associations of common interest communities to install recharging stations for electric vehicles.

•    In addition to amending the annual registration provisions, HB13-1134 empowers the HOA Information and Resource Center that was created in 2010 to compile a database of registered unit owners’ associations, assist in preparation of educational and reference materials, and to provide information on the Division of Real Estate’s website.

•   HB13-1276  requires the unit owners’ association of a common interest community (HOA) or a holder or assignee of the HOA’s debt to adopt, and comply with, a policy regarding the collection of delinquent assessments and other past-due amounts from unit owners. The unit owner must be offered a one-time opportunity to enter into a 6-month payment plan. The HOA or a holder or assignee of the HOA’s lien is prohibited from foreclosing its lien for past-due assessments unless the total amount is at least equal to 6 months of regular assessments. Section 3 of the bill specifies the terms and conditions of the repayment plan that must be offered.

•    HB13-1277  requires any person who manages the affairs of a common interest community on behalf of an HOA for compensation, on or after July 1, 2015, to meet minimum qualifications and obtain a license from the director of the division of real estate in the department of regulatory agencies. Licensees are identified as “community association managers”.

Colorado Civil Union Act Now in Effect

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Divorce and Legal Separation, Domestic Partnership) on 02-05-2013

Beginning Wednesday, May 1, couples, regardless of gender, can enter into Civil Unions in Colorado. This means big changes for same sex couples. Denver attorney and author, Kim Willoughby, in an interview on discussed some of the changes and benefits of the new law.

Change: Break up Rules

Ironically, one of the biggest benefits of the new Civil Unions law is that it establishes the legal framework for terminating the relationship.

Breakups are often messy and difficult, but for same sex couples in Colorado it has been especially difficult.  Prior to the Civil Unions law, Colorado did not recognize same sex relationships and therefore there was no way for same sex couples to use the courts to legally terminate their relationship.  Kim talked about clients who have come to her for help terminating their civil union or same sex marriage from another State.  Some couples had children, property, and debts together and needed a way to separate everything. Unfortunately, up until now there wasn’t much an attorney could do for these couples.  Since the Colorado Constitution does not recognize these relationships, no judge could issue a piece of paper saying the relationship was legally terminated. Kim advised that it was actually best to stay out of court, which made the decision to end a relationship more uncertain and very expensive.

Now, Colorado couples in a civil union will follow the same rules as married couples if they choose to end their relationship, whether by divorce or legal separation.

Benefit: Protection of Children

Same sex couples have had a difficult time protecting their individual rights as parents and their children’s rights.  In the past when same sex couples had children together they needed to get a second-parent adoption to fully establish both parent’s rights. This is an expensive and time consuming process and sometimes courts wouldn’t grant the adoption.  Kim informs us in her interview that now babies born to couples in a civil union are automatically presumed to be the child of both parents.

Kim Willoughby also discusses insurance benefits and the difference between civil unions and marriage. Go to, Colorado Matters to listen to this interview. “Same-Sex Couples Can Expect Fewer Legal Tangles Under Civil Unions

Civil Unions Bill Passes in Colorado

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Domestic Partnership) on 14-03-2013

Big news on Tuesday! Lawmakers passed the bill to allow civil unions in Colorado. The bill to create the “Colorado Civil Union Act” is now on its way to Governor John Hickenlooper who is expected to sign it into law within two weeks. Assuming the bill is signed it will become law on May 1st.

So, what exactly is a civil union?
A Civil Union is a legally recognized partnership similar to marriage. It provides legal protection to couples at the state level, but omits federal protections. The “Colorado Civil Union Act” authorizes any 2 unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union. Colorado will join 8 states that have civil unions or similar laws that allow straight or gay couples to enter into them.

What are the benefits of entering into a civil union?
•    Responsibility for financial support of a party to a civil union;
•    Rights and abilities concerning transfer of real or personal property;
•    Prohibitions against discrimination based upon spousal status;
•    The probate laws relating to estates, wills, trusts, and intestate succession, including the ability to inherit real and personal property, apply equally to couples in a civil union.
•    Survivor benefits under, and inclusion in workers’ compensation laws;
•    The right of a partner in a civil union to be treated as a family member or as a spouse under the “Colorado Employment Security Act” for purposes of unemployment benefits.

This is just small fraction of the benefits granted to parties in a civil union. To see the full list of the rights, benefits, protections, duties, obligations, responsibilities, and other incidents under the law that are granted or imposed, click here.

What is the difference between a civil union and a marriage?
•    The right to federal benefits. States that allow some type of same-sex union are able to grant only state rights. The Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996 prohibits same-sex couples from receiving federal marriage rights and benefits.
•    Portability. Because civil unions are not recognized by all states, such agreements are not always valid when couples cross state lines.
•    Terminology. “Marriage” is a term that conveys societal and cultural meaning, important to both gay rights activists and those who don’t believe gays should marry.

These are three main differences between civil unions and marriage as it’s traditionally viewed. To see the full analysis go to FACTCHECK.ORG



Colorado Landlords: Protect Your Investment! Colorado Tenants: Know Your Rights!

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Eviction, Leases and Landlord Tenant) on 06-02-2013

Is your tenant late on the rent? Has your landlord fixed that broken window yet? All your landlord and tenant questions are answered in the just-released fifth edition of the  “Landlord Tenant Guide to Colorado Leases and Evictions.” This popular book contains all the information you need to understand residential leasing and eviction procedures in Colorado.

 Landlords will learn:

•    How to fill out standard lease forms

•    Steps to take to protect themselves and their property

•    Colorado’s Warranty of Habitability Act

•    How to navigate the eviction process

Tenants will learn:

•    All about security deposits

•    Colorado’s Warranty of Habitability Act

•    Defenses to an eviction

•    How to file an Answer or Counterclaim

This new edition also contains a section on leases, including new provisions in the lease forms that discuss Pest Control and Mold, Smoke Free Premises, and Medical and Recreational Marijuana use, plus instructions for completing a lease.

Both landlords and tenants can avoid costly mistakes and reduce legal fees by reading the “Landlord and Tenant Guide to Colorado Leases and Evictions” by Victor M. Grimm, Esq. and Denise E. Boehler.