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Pedestrian hit by suspected drunk driver

Most Denver residents know that drunk driving is an action that is totally preventable. When someone chooses to drive after drinking, he or she runs the risk of injuring not only himself or herself, but others, as well. A recent accident highlights what can happen when a person is involved in a drunk driving accident.

Closely held corporations face unique challenges; we can help

Closely held Denver corporations involve a limited number of shareholders who are usually family members. Family-owned businesses are controlled by selected family members who often hold seats on the company's board of directors or fill management positions within the company. Closely held businesses or limited liability companies reflect the core values of the family in control. When these types of companies are put up for sale, it can be difficult to determine the value of the company due to the limited number of shareholders and, in addition, the valuation process may take some time due to various factors.

How is property divided in Colorado?

When spouses divorce in Colorado, an agreement must be made about how property should be divided between the two parties. If spouses are unable to come to their own agreement, a judge will make a ruling about property division. Because Colorado is an equitable distribution state, the marital property owned by both spouses won't necessarily be divided equally.

Motorcycle-car accidents are on the rise

Many people in the Denver area enjoy riding motorcycles. The scenery is beautiful along with many days of good weather good for motorcycle riding. Most motorcycle riders try to stay safe while they ride, but there are still a significant amount of motorcycle accidents that involve motorcyclists and other drivers.

Mediation: effective alternative to Colorado business litigation

Business owners in Jefferson, Colorado, face unique business challenges. A confidentiality agreement dispute, for example, can trigger business litigation. When the case is taken to court, each party has to prove its case in order to win a settlement or receive awards and damages based on incurred losses. Business litigation can be a lengthy and expensive process. Nowadays, business owners are more often considering a fast-paced approach to dealing with business problems and one of these options is mediation.

Visitation rights for grandparents in Colorado

Some Colorado grandparents may have concerns about whether they will be allowed to visit their grandchildren. All states have statutes that enable the court to hear petitions concerning this issue. The court's decision is based on what is best for the child as well as the rights of a parent to make a decision about how their child should be raised.

Oklahoma wife receives nearly $1 billion in divorce order

The CEO of a large energy company was ordered to pay his ex-wife $995.4 million as part of a divorce decree. The court did not order the husband to pay alimony, writing that the wife's share of the marital estate was a "substantial sum of money." The order was issued following a divorce trial that lasted more than two months.

Additional tips in handling sales and dissolutions

The decision to sell a business may stem from boredom, illness, death, being overworked, partnership disputes or retirement. Whatever the reason behind the sale, business owners have to prepare themselves because the process may not run smoothly if not handled properly. The sale of a business typically requires assistance from an attorney, an accountant and a broker. These professionals can help ensure that the business owner sells the business legally and for the right price.

Street racing injures seven

There have been many reports of street racing in Denver over the past months. We have covered street racing before but it appears that it still is a problem for drivers. Street racing is incredibly dangerous and innocent drivers can be unexpectedly caught up in it and become seriously injured or even killed.

How can you pursue compensation after the death of a loved one?

When a loved one is killed because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person surviving family members can feel confused about what to do next. In Colorado, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed when a person is killed in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence. The lawsuit can be filed following a fatal car accident caused by negligence, or any other death caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another person. When a wrongful death occurs it is important for families to get the compensation they deserve.

We can help with the most complex mergers and acquisitions

The laws governing business acquisitions and mergers are often difficult and hard for most people to fathom. Many of Colorado's business owners know that buying an existing business or merging an existing firm with another can take months to complete. In general, mergers in which two or more companies combine themselves to form a bigger company are easier to do than straight acquisitions. This is especially true if the owners of both businesses share the same ideas or have the same goals.

How does mediation work?

When two spouses are unable to come to an agreement about their divorce settlement, mediation is one option that could help them. In Colorado, the parties often agree to mediation voluntarily. The mediator may or may not be a lawyer, so the fees vary for every case and could be an hourly or daily charge. The mediator helps the spouses explore the options available to them so that they may resolve their dispute. Rather than say that one spouse is right and the other is wrong, the mediator helps them find a solution that works for their specific situation.

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