Two Alarm Fire

As many of you have already heard, there was a two alarm fire early on Sunday morning, September 21, 2014 at the Satellite Hotel, where Quick Law, LLC’s Colorado Springs office is located.  Consequently, we have vacated the Satellite Hotel.

Some client originals (not all were in the Satellite office at the time of the fire) smell of smoke but none were lost or destroyed.  The firefighters broke the locks and doors of each office during their fire mitigation efforts.  The double glass doors of the A110 suites will still be locked after hours; however, an additional level of protection client originals and confidential information previously had no longer exists at the Satellite Hotel.  There are extensive remediation and remodeling efforts currently taking place at the Satellite Hotel which significantly impacts Quick Law, LLC’s operations and creates hazards for Quick Law, LLC staff and clients.

Client appointments will be re-located outside of the Satellite Hotel.  For clients with existing appointments or upcoming signing meetings, a home visit or appointment at a coffee shop or library, etc. will be arranged at no additional charge.  Clients in northern Colorado or who are not inconvenienced by the trip are welcome to meet at Quick Law, LLC’s office space at 19th and Grant in downtown Denver.

Prospective clients will be charged a $75.00 fee (which can be paid over the phone with any credit card or the appointment may be confirmed once a check or cash is received).  The $75.00 fee for the initial consultation will credited in full to any services engaged at the initial consultation.  If no additional services are engaged, the $75.00 fee covers the cost of the consultation.  A prospective client receives a great deal of legal advice during an initial consultation.  If a prospective client is not home at the time of their appointment, the $75.00 fee covers the ‘no show.’  Also, those in the Denver metro area are subject to a trip charge for home visits because there is an office in their area.

Quick Law, LLC can be contacted at 719-210-4202 or

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Does my Attorney Love the Frustrations, Inefficiencies and Unfairness of the Law?

No. Just because attorneys work in a system that is not perfect does not mean they love those imperfections. Many attorneys went into the law to help curb those issues. Unlike other professions, the rules governing attorneys allow them to advocate for reasonable changes to the existing law.

Other professions, such as medical professionals, are held to the standard of what others in their field normally do, often times regardless of what is actually best for the patient. Attorneys also strictly govern themselves by holding rural and new attorneys to the same standards as big city and experienced attorneys, which is not the case when it comes to the standard of practice for physicians.

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Did my Attorney Write the Law?

That is unlikely. While a number of legislators are attorneys they often are not practicing attorneys. Many times those who had practiced law did little of it before becoming politicians.

A small portion of practicing attorneys are involved in creating laws; however, the laws that are adopted often are quite different from what they recommended because competing interests won out. Most practicing attorneys do not have the time, patience or interest in getting involved in making the laws – a process that has been compared to making sausage. The end result may be all right but it might be stomach-turning to see how it is made.

Your attorney probably did not write the law and may not agree with it any more than you do. But both of you have to abide by it.

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Can I wait until I see incapacitation coming before getting a Power of Attorney?

A person could do so; however, that is a risky, inadvisable approach.  Powers of Attorney appoint someone to take care of medical decisions or financial business if you are unable to do so yourself, whether temporarily or permanently.  They are important for any adult regardless of how much they have in the way of assets.

It is risky to delay getting Powers of Attorney because incapacitation is often a sudden and unexpected event.  A car accident, for example, that leaves a person unable to make or at least communicate their own decisions cannot be anticipated far enough in advance to obtain Powers of Attorney for the occasion.  If it could be predicted, the accident could simply be avoided.

In addition, a common symptom of dementia is the feeling that a person is as sharp as ever.  This makes it unlikely that a person in the early stages of cognitive decline, who is perhaps only experiencing a little short term memory loss, will obtain a Power of Attorney while they are still able to understand what they sign.  The person signing a Power of Attorney needs to understand it at the time they signed in order for the Power of Attorney to be valid.

It is important to obtain Powers of Attorney proactively.  This saves your loved ones from much stress and expense to petition a Court for the authority to care for your business.  Finally, it is also essential to obtain a Power of Attorney that grants the proper authority to trusted friends or family members; therefore, the assistance of an estate planning attorney is highly recommended and may even make your advance planning tax deductible.

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How can those who are ill cope?

It can be a devastating change of circumstances to become seriously, perhaps terminally, ill.  There is a no easy answer and sometimes it will feel like prior progress has been lost.  Nevertheless, once the initial shock is over, there are ways to cope.

Learning about the illness with the aim of finding out what you can still do rather than focusing on what you can no longer do is important.  Many have found that by setting realistic goals, they maintain their motivation and in time they may even be able to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.

It may be possible to invite friends and family over to visit you and help keep your spirits up.  While they will be interested to know how you are doing, it may be wise to limit conversation about your illness for the sake of all involved.

It is also important to mentally take a break from the illness by engaging in a relaxing or creative activity, whether at home or even by taking a trip if that is possible.

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How can others support caregivers?

Because care giving is such a difficult and stressful job, it is important that those around them provide support, both practical and emotional.  Good communication helps the spouse of a caregiver and others to provide that support.  Empathetic listening is key.  Personal visits, a phone call, sending a card, giving flowers or another gift are some nice ways to show support.

Practical support can be provided by offering to, for example, wash dishes, make beds, do laundry, entertain the patient’s visitors, reading to the patient, caring for patient and even taking the patient out for a sojourn if that is feasible.  A caregiver will probably appreciate it if we were to let them know that we are going shopping and are seeing if there is anything we can pick up for them while we are there.  Some have purchased a notebook for visitors to write notes to the patient while the patient is asleep or otherwise indisposed.

While around the patient, keep in mind that they are likely aware of what is going on around them even if they seem unresponsive.  Thus, be careful not to say anything you would not want them to hear.  In addition, try to refrain from offering unsolicited advice to the caregiver and patient.  Even if you have some expertise, the family might not accept all advice so it is best not to expect differently.

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Ways to Cope as a Caregiver

Being a caregiver is one of, if not the most, stressful jobs.  How, then, can a caregiver cope with it all?

It is critical to have a network of trusted friends, family, neighbors and professionals.  With all of them, be clear about how they can help rather than hoping they will take a hint.  Making a schedule when certain individuals will perform certain tasks keeps your network involved and sets clear expectations.

In many instances, holding family meetings will be useful.  But keep in mind that siblings will not share equally in care giving and it will only lead to frustration to expect otherwise.  The brunt of the care often falls on one child because of geographical proximity, their other family responsibilities and the like.  Perhaps other siblings can assist by providing care when the primary caregiver needs a break or by contributing financially.

It is also helpful to obtain accurate information as to how the illness of the one being cared for will progress.  Learn about treatments and coping techniques.  Armed with that information, it will be easier to explain the nature of the illness to others and thus ease possible embarrassment over the strange behavior, etc. of the person receiving care.

The quality of care provided depends upon the caregiver taking care of themselves as well.  Hence, it is a disservice to both the caregiver and the one receiving care for the caregiver to run himself or herself down through the stress of non-stop care giving.  Other activities that were the norm before becoming a caregiver may need to be eliminated in order to maintain a humane schedule.  Taking time for oneself might be accomplished by utilizing an adult day care center.  There may even be community resources available to help with the cost.  Having someone to talk to and taking it one day at a time are citied by many as a critical means of staying sane as a caregiver.  However, if a caregiver begins to feel severe depression, it is important to seek the help of a professional right away.

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Are Mom and Dad Moving in with You?

As parents or other loved ones age or become ill, it might be necessary to provide in-home care for them, either in their home or your own.  But first, obtain an assessment of their actual needs.  It is possible that they could continue to live independently with some home modifications and/or with family, friends and/or neighbors checking in with them.  If it looks like they could remain in their own home with some adjustments, try the new adjustments on a trial basis to see if they really will work for all involved.

If it is necessary to move in to keep your loved ones safe and cared for, it is important to maintain privacy, both theirs and your own.  Certain places and times should be clearly designated as private.  Many have found it helps for both the immediate family of the caregiver and the patient to continue at least some of their separate activities and hobbies.  When moving loved ones into your home, be sure to bring some of their sentimental items with them.  Slips of the tongue will happen because of the frustrations of living together after perhaps decades of living apart but people find it helpful to apologize promptly and move on.  Finally, it is important to maintain a sense of humor when adjusting to these new circumstances.

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