The ethical rules governing attorneys answers this question. “A lawyer’s representation of a client, including representation by appointment, does not constitute an endorsement of the client’s political, economic, social or moral views or activities.” (Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(b)) An attorney may take a case because the client needs representation, not because the attorney agrees with the client’s actions.
In Colorado, the only legal difference is that remarriage is not permitted with a legal separation. In contrast, after a divorce, or as it is known in Colorado, a dissolution of marriage, the parties can remarry. Some parties choose a legal separation not just for religious reasons but also because it allows spouses to carry each other on their health insurance, which may be advantageous in certain circumstances.
The recent murder of a mother of three in Centennial, Colorado has Protection Orders in the news and on people’s minds. This woman had a Protection Order against the man who allegedly killed her. Despite the Protection Order, this man continued to come around and the woman let him into her residence. Her neighbors knew about the Protection Order and described the pair as drinking buddies.
The person against whom the Protection Order is issued is called the restrained person. As such, they are subject to arrest for coming near the victim. The victim faces no legal penalties for being near the restrained person. Nevertheless, as a practical matter, it is safest for the victim to avoid the restrained person.
The police should always be called if the restrained person violates the terms of the Protection Order. Evidentially in this case in Centennial, the neighbors did not call the police and the restrained person had a mental, emotional and/or physical hold over his victim. However, any others who know about the Protection Order and have seen the restrained person near the victim should call the police right away and report the incident. It could save a life.
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No. Military bases do offer some limited legal advice and services for military personnel. Naturally, these legal services are focused on the needs of young persons in their late teens or twenties who are serving in the military and need advance planning should they be seriously injured or killed in the course of their service.
While the simple Wills and Powers of Attorney prepared on military bases have value and all competent adults should at least have Powers of Attorney in place, these legal services are indeed limited. The more sophisticated planning that those who are middle-aged or older often require is beyond of the scope of the free legal assistance provided on military bases. Even many VA employees are not aware of all the programs the VA offers. Anyone who may need long term care within the next several years, whether it is part-time care provided in their home or round-the-clock care in a nursing home, should seek the advice of a private attorney who specializes in planning for VA Aid & Attendance and Long Term Care Medicaid benefits. Doing so will help to ensure that some hard-won assets can be passed on rather than given to the government or spent entirely on nursing home costs.
Similarly, while military bases may be able to provide limited advice for military personnel going through divorce, legal separation or custody issues, for more extensive advice and actual representation, a private attorney specializing in family law will need to be retained.
Masayo Quick is an attorney with expertise in estate planning, estate administration, Medicaid planning and VA Aid & Attendance planning. In the past seven years, she has focused on elder law within the Trusts & Estates field. Some typical results for clients include saving six figure nest eggs and family homes from nursing home costs and, above all, peace of mind.
Attorney Quick has a Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law – Carlisle campus and a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management with a minor in marketing, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is admitted to practice law in Colorado.
Masayo Quick is the recipient of the Miller Center Public Interest Advocate Certificate, two CALI Awards for achieving the highest grade in the class in law school, the Dean’s Scholarship at the Dickinson School of Law, the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, the Colorado Scholars Award, the College of Business and Administration Scholarship and was named six times on the President’s List for a 4.0 GPA as an undergraduate. She is a lifetime member of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and served on Student Conduct Committee as an undergraduate student. Attorney Quick gained valuable experience with preeminent estate planning attorneys who were members of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, Medicaid Practice Systems and the Personal Family Lawyer. She is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, Southern Colorado Bar Association and the Solo/Small Firm Bar Association. She spends several hours each month engaging in volunteer work.
Attorney Quick’s work has been published in The Colorado Lawyer and Legalese.
Masayo Quick is a Colorado native who loves to swim.
Contrary to popular belief, yes. Many do not realize that lawyers are actually professional writers and teachers. Accordingly, although a lawyer’s case load would be different in an ideal society than it is currently, there would still be a need for them to document information to be preserved and to relay knowledge.