$120,000 Inheritance Recovery

Probate Litigation, ProbateAttorney: Angie Schmitz

January 5, 2022 –  In this case, a man sought the help of our Probate Litigation Team to recover money his grandmother had left him following her passing. The person designated to oversee the estate – the personal representative – was not communicating with our client about his rightful inheritance.

The personal representative of an estate has a fiduciary duty to its beneficiaries when settling the estate. Part of a personal representative’s responsibility is to impartially distribute any remaining funds to the rightful heirs. That was not happening for our client.

Our Probate Litigation Team investigated the matter and recovered $120,000 for our client!

Discover the Steps We Took to Recover the Money for Our Client

Homeowner Lawsuit Defense

Homeowners Association LitigationAttorney: Geanne Moroye

May 22, 2021 – Many planned communities have a Homeowner’s Association that regulates everything from what paint colors residents can choose for their home to how a yard can be landscaped. And it’s pretty common for an HOA to levy stiff fines against homeowners who violate the rules.

A homeowner sought our Litigation Team’s help after their HOA sued them for unapproved work completed on their yard. Our litigation attorneys answered the complaint on behalf of the client and represented them at mediation. Our attorneys won a motion to set aside default, and the case was settled at mediation.

While it is impossible for some cases to avoid going to trial, our litigation lawyers aim to exhaust all legal options before venturing into court. Doing so saves the client time and money.


Partnership Agreement

Partnership & Shareholder DisputesAttorney: Kristoffer Wathne

June 23, 2021 – If you are starting a business with another person, it is crucial that you have a partnership agreement in place. A partnership agreement is an internal business contract that outlines specific business practices for the partners of a company. This document helps establish rules for how the partners will manage business responsibilities, ownership and investments, profits and losses, and company management.

Our client came to R&H looking for a partnership agreement for his limited liability partnership (LLP). The client wanted a partnership agreement that was tailored to keep managing control in his hands while establishing a mechanism to receive investing, limited partners for the partnership.

Our attorneys drafted the agreement, along with a template amendment document to admit new members. We also advised our client on various issues and received his approval before finalizing the partnership agreement.

Retroactive Child Support Denied

Family Law, Child CustodyAttorney: Steven Lambert

June 23, 2021 – In divorce cases involving children, courts expect parents to put aside their differences and cooperate with one another for the sake of their child. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Our client reached out to us after his child’s mother filed a motion requesting increased monthly child support payments. However, this was only one issue in a string of problems our client had been having with his former partner. The child’s mother had prevented our client from obtaining the child’s school and medical records. She also had taken the child out of state without notifying our client.

Our family law attorneys were able to get the custody order’s provision for school registration changed to the client based on his stability. We also were able to obtain an order from the court denying retroactive child support.

Temporary Parenting Plan

Family Law, Child CustodyAttorney: Daniel Chandler

June 22, 2021 – If you are going through a divorce with minor children, the question of custody is inevitable. In most cases, parents want to set up temporary custody arrangements for their children while the divorce and final custody arrangement are being worked out. This is a complex and often emotionally charged area of the law, and a compassionate, levelheaded attorney can make all the difference.

Our client, a service member, sought our help after her then-husband filed for divorce. The couple had two minor children together, plus one on the way. Our R&H Family Law Team protected our client’s rights to parenting time during the pendency of her divorce by negotiating a temporary parenting plan. Now our client is able to continue providing love and affection to her children.

Construction Defect Defense

Denver Home Contractor Dispute Lawyer, Colorado Business Lawsuit LawyerAttorney: Kayla A. Banzali

June 22, 2021 – Contractors understandably take pride in their work and hope their clients will do the same. However, sometimes a customer will scrutinize the completed project until he or she can find fault in something. This usually results in the client filing a construction defect claim, meaning he or she believes the project failed to live up to contractual requirements and specifications.

Our client, a contractor, reached out to Robinson & Henry for help in resolving a dispute between him and a homeowner. The homeowner had filed a construction defect claim accusing our client of performing bad work on their home. Our attorneys drafted a settlement agreement to resolve the homeowner’s concerns and waive any rights to proceed for more money against the client.

Joint Living Trust Plan

Estate PlanningAttorney: Tristan Younghaus

June 21, 2021 – Death is seldom a pleasant topic. However, it is particularly important for newly married couples to have these kinds of discussions. Setting up a joint living trust plan can prevent estate-related family disputes that may arise after your death. A Colorado joint living trust is a written agreement that helps facilitate the smooth transition of property and asset management in case of future incapacity. It also helps families avoid the probate process in state court.

A recently-married couple came in seeking an estate plan to protect their daughter. Through the use of a trust, the R&H Estate Planning Team successfully protected the children’s inheritance.

Demand Letter to HOA for Repairs

Homeowners Association, Real EstateAttorney: Boyd Rolfson

June 21, 2021 – If you’re a homeowner in Colorado, chances are that you belong to a homeowner association. A homeowner association (HOA) is an organization that makes and enforces rules and guidelines for a subdivision, planned community, or condominium building.

Because HOAs have very little governmental oversight, it is not uncommon for board members to overstep their boundaries. While litigation is often necessary when battling unwieldy HOAs, a strongly worded demand letter from an HOA litigation attorney can sometimes do the trick.

After purchasing a condo, our client found a leak and exposed pipes in the wall behind the sink. She was able to determine that the leak was coming from the unit above hers, and a remediation company repaired the resulting mold and moisture. Later, a plumber came in and found four additional leaks — all of which originated in the unit above our client’s condo. With the HOA refusing to pay mediation costs, our client was seemingly stuck with the mess.

Fortunately, our client reached out to the R&H HOA Litigation Team. Our attorneys sent a demand letter to the HOA board, which resulted in the HOA reimbursing our client for the repairs.

Dissolution of Marriage

Family Law, DivorceAttorney: Marlana A. Caruso

June 21, 2021 – While some Colorado divorce proceedings can be handled quickly, other cases are more complex. Either way, the Robinson & Henry Family Law Team is here to help the proceedings along as smoothly as possible without sacrificing quality of service.

In this case, our client’s divorce proceedings had been dragging on for quite some time when he reached out to us. Our client’s matter was further complicated by distance, as he had moved out of state while his former spouse still resided in Colorado.
Our R&H Family Law Team was able to finalize the dissolution of marriage while significantly lowering our client’s required monthly maintenance payments to his former spouse.

Speedy Dissolution of Marriage

Family Law, DivorceAttorney: Marlana A. Caruso
June 21, 2021 –  On average, Colorado divorce proceedings typically last six months to a year. However, a savvy divorce attorney can shorten that window and kickstart your healing process.
In this case, our family law attorneys were able to finalize divorce proceedings for our client within a three-month timeframe. We also were able to get our client some extra money for joint debts accrued during the marriage.
Past results afford no guarantee of future results; each matter is different and must be judged on its own merits.