What is a Small Estate?

Guest post by Julie Nichols, JD/MSW

Probate is the legal process of what happens to someone’s property (their estate) after they die. The term also refers to the administration of that estate – the things that have to be done after a death so that ownership of all of the decedent’s property can be transferred to those who are entitled to it.

Probate proceedings are not always required (although there will always be some necessary paperwork). Sometimes ownership of assets passes automatically to pre-determined individuals.  Continue reading “What is a Small Estate?”

VIDEO: How to Handle the Challenges of Co-Parenting With Your Ex During the Holidays

I recently sat down with divorce coach and consultant Dominique Nicole of to talk about the challenges of shared parenting time during the holidays and how to overcome them.

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FREE Advice Available at Jeffco Legal Clinics All Year

Every year, a major focus of mine is to devote dozens of hours to pro bono work, giving back to the community and helping anyone who wants it to access legal assistance. One way I do this work is through volunteering at a variety of free legal clinics around Jefferson County each month. The clinics typically allow visitors to attend on a first come, first served basis and to receive 15 minutes of free legal advice on their divorce or family law issue. Please share this information with family and friends who could benefit.

Below is my clinic volunteer calendar for the year, so far. Keep an eye on my Facebook page and under the ALPC Volunteering the Community tab for additional dates and events as they are added. Continue reading “FREE Advice Available at Jeffco Legal Clinics All Year”

Andersen Law PC: Learning From Our Clients to Stand Out


We would like to thank all our clients who have helped us grow in the past four-plus years from a sole attorney renting one office to a team, including bookkeeper Elizabeth, associate attorney Kameryn, legal assistants Andrea, Linda, Cate and Angelique, editor Jacquelyn, contract attorneys Julie and Tamara, contract paralegal Jessica, accountant Suzie, videographers Chris and Steef, web managers Susan and Gary, and coach Gary.

Over these years, our clients have taught us what they want and how to act.

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Estate Planning: Protect Yourself From Accidentally Remarrying Your Ex And Leaving Them Everything!

A recent Colorado case makes clear that you should revise your will and make your status with your ex very obvious or risk a probate case after you die. As a firm that handles divorces and wills, we know how this can play out and ALWAYS advise our clients to update their estate planning documents after divorce. The following is a tale of woe that involves someone who did not follow this advice. Continue reading “Estate Planning: Protect Yourself From Accidentally Remarrying Your Ex And Leaving Them Everything!”

12 Reasons Maintenance is Not What You Think

Maintenance is Colorado’s word for alimony. It is an important way to help someone get back on his or her feet. On the other hand, sometimes a person has stars in their eyes about a big maintenance number, not realizing the downsides. I have seen many a client who paid another firm top dollar to go to court and obtain a maintenance award, only to walk away with very little in his or her pocket. Continue reading “12 Reasons Maintenance is Not What You Think”

Free Legal Advice at Belmar and Evergreen Libraries, Dec. 6

Thursday, Dec. 6
Get free, 15-minute civil law consults via video chat. I will participate in the clinic at Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood, from 2-3:30 p.m. The event is first come, first served.
There is also a clinic at the Evergreen Library, 5000 County Road 73, 3:30-5 p.m. You can pre-register in person the day of by calling 303-235-5275. Please note that these clinics are offered the first Thursday of each month.