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Consumer Resources

The Colorado Bar Association's Senior Law Handbook addresses issues like age discrimination, protecting against fraud, grandparents rights and employment issues. Many other local, state and federal resources are also available.

The Colorado Senior Law Handbook, written by attorneys from the Colorado Bar Association, is a consumer-oriented guide addresses many issues facing Colorado's older citizens. Many informative chapters address issues like age discrimination, protecting against fraud, grandparents rights and employment issues.

The book helps seniors understand, in plain English, the pros and cons of supplementary health insurance, insurance for long term care and how to compare and choose policies. Information about Medicare and Medicaid and what they will and won't provide is provided in easy-to-read detail. There are detailed resource lists of agencies and services readers can use to get information and assistance. Glossaries at the end of every chapter explain important legal terms.

Specific chapters address the complicated details of Social Security, pensions, public assistance programs and veterans' benefits. Sections of the Senior Law Handbook provide information on wills and estate planning, how to transfer assets, choose or revoke a power of attorney or create a tax-free gift rather than an inheritance.

Review or download the Colorado Senior Law Handbook at http://www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/726/DPWFP/Senior-Law-Handbook/

Larimer County Legal Resources

Larimer County legal resources include the Pro Se class offered by the Larimer County District Court, Call a Lawyers Night staffed by young lawyers, legal services offered to full-time students at CSU by Colorado State University Legal Services, legal representation offered to indigent clients by Colorado Legal Services, legal representation in certain criminal matters offered by the Office of the State Public Defender, Court appointed legal representation to Respondent parents in dependency and neglect cases, services offered to obligors (owe child support) and obligees (entitled to receive child support) by the Colorado Child Support Enforcement, legal services to victims of domestic violence by Crossroads Safehouse and websites with legal information and forms. Where:  211 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521; Phone (970) 493-2891.

Private Attorneys

Colorado Bar Association Web Site-www.cobar.org

Elderlaw Attorneys in Larimer County-www.eldercarenet.org

Fort Collins Senior Center

Legal consultations for Members Only by Appointment on the first Thursday of each month; Phone (970) 221-6644.  

Senior Law Project

Administered by the Larimer County Department of Human Services, Office on Aging. Federally funded by Title III of the Older Americans Act. Legal services available to persons over 60 on a donation basis. Call 970-221-5602 for a referral or more information about the type of cases handled.

Senior Law Day

Annual event organized and sponsored by ECN 

Information at www.eldercarenet.org

Call a Lawyer Night (Link)

  • Who: To clients who qualify under federal poverty guidelines, residents of Larimer County
  • What: Free civil legal services. Must meet income/financial eligibility guidelines. Does not handle criminal, DUI, traffic, misdemeanor, workers compensation, foreclosures, or personal injury cases.
  • When: 8:30 AM-Noon, 1-4 PM M-F 
  • Where: 424 Pine St., Ft. Collins, CO 80524  Tele: 970.493.2891


Larimer County Pro Bono Program (Link)

Recorded Information Line (970) 402-2075 ; FAX: none 

http://www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/1596/larimer/Pro-Bono-Program/
Counties served: Larimer

The Larimer County Pro Bono Program has created a bookmark with Larimer County Legal Resources.  The bookmark can be found at the Clerk of Courts in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colorado Legal Services (Fort Collins office), Family Court Facilitator in Fort Collins, United Way, Neighbor to Neighbor, Child Support Enforcement Unit and Crossroads Safehouse.

What does the Larimer County Pro Bono Program do?

The Larimer County Pro Bono Program attempts to match residents with private attorneys for certain legal matters.  The Program provides referrals, as available, to private attorneys (Pro Bono) and to appropriate agencies for residents of Larimer County who meet financial and income guidelines.  The Pro Bono Program does not handle bankruptcy, criminal, workers compensation, social security or personal injury cases.  Intakes occur weekly in Fort Collins on Wednesdays and in Loveland on Thursdays, with some holiday restrictions.     

The Larimer County Pro Bono Program also provides a domestic assistance class to the public.  The class is offered on the 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons.  The class offers legal information to assist the public in processing their own dissolution of marriage (divorce) or allocation of parental responsibility (custody) actions. 

Fort Collins Pro Bono Intakes

  • Who: To clients who qualify, residents of Fort Collins, Red Feather Lakes, Bellvue, Wellington and areas north of Trilby Road.
  • What: Referral, as available, to private legal counsel (Pro Bono) or referred to appropriate agencies. Must meet income/financial eligibility guidelines. Guidelines are based on the current Colorado Legal Services Financial Eligibility Income and Asset Chart, which is based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG).  Proof of income will be required at the Intake.  Must bring last year's tax return and 3 months of paystubs or bank statements.  Intakes do not handle bankruptcy, criminal, workers compensation, social security or personal injury cases.
  • When: Wednesdays at 12:00 Noon (except on major holidays, week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year’s). Individuals must be present by 12:30 or he or she will be turned away.  First come, first served; 8 eligible intakes.
  • Where: Larimer County Justice Center, 201 LaPorte Avenue, 4th Floor, Fort Collins.

Loveland Pro Bono Intakes

  • Who: To clients who qualify, residents of Loveland, Estes Park, Berthoud, Masonville, and areas south of Trilby Road.
  • What: Referral, as available, to private legal counsel (Pro Bono) or referred to appropriate agencies. Must meet income/financial eligibility guidelines.  Guidelines are based on the current Colorado Legal Services Financial Eligibility Income and Asset Chart, which is based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG).  Proof of income will be required at Intake.  Must bring last year's tax return and 3 months of paystubs or bank statements.  Intakes do not handle bankruptcy, criminal, workers compensation or personal injury cases.
  • When: Thursdays at 10:00 AM (except on major holidays, week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year’s). First come, first served; 6 eligible intakes.
  • Where: Loveland Community Health Center, 450 N. Cleveland Avenue, Loveland.


Larimer County District Court Pro Se Class

  •  Who: Open to the public.
  • What: No legal advice, brief video and explanation of court proceedings.
  • When: Every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 3-5:00 PM.
  • Where: Larimer County Justice Center, 201 LaPorte Avenue, 2nd Floor (Jury Assembly Room), Fort Collins.


Websites


Larimer County Resources:

Senior Law Project. Larimer County Bar Association Legal Aid Clinic. Sponsored by the Larimer County Bar Association. Assistance with domestic matters, other civil actions. Eligibility for services is based on income, assets and other factors. The client is responsible for court costs and filing fees. No appointments taken, clients are seen on a first come, first served basis.

  • Fort Collins: Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at 424 Pine Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524. For more information call 493-2891.
  • Loveland: Thursdays at 10:00 AM at the Loveland Community Health Clinic, 450 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, CO 80537

 

Information courtesy of J. Elaine Procter, Procter and Callahan, LLC, Elder Care Network Participants. The information contained on this website is NOT a substitute for legal advice and no representations are made as to the accuracy of this information.

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Kirsten Hartman, CMC
Seniors in Transition, LLC
2627 Pasquinel Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526
970-204-6977

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