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Overview of the Colorado Court System

The court system in the state of Colorado has two distinct classes of court: appellate courts and trial courts. The trial courts handle the initial work of trials and verdicts while appellate courts hear appeals to those verdicts and make more final decisions if parties aren't satisfied with the results produced by lower courts.

There are many different court systems within the class of trial courts; these may be further subdivided into courts of limited and general jurisdiction. Courts of limited jurisdiction include traffic courts, municipal courts and small claims courts. These primarily deal with smaller civil and criminal affairs in addition to preliminary work for the courts of general jurisdiction. The courts of general jurisdiction are also known as district courts, and they oversee all other criminal and civil trials.

There are two appellate courts in the state of Colorado: the Court of Appeals, which is the first court to hear appeals from the district courts. Decisions made by the Court of Appeals may only be overturned by the Colorado Supreme Court, which is the highest appellate court in the Colorado court system. The Supreme Court also oversees most administrative matters concerning Colorado courts.

Colorado Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated Colorado attorney by location and by practice area. We have Colorado attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

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Colorado Legal Forms

LawInfo offers free Colorado legal forms and documents to help resolve many of your issues on your own. Whether you need a power of attorney or you want to complete your will, we have you covered. You can click on our most popular forms located in the right column of this page. A user account is required to use the service, but it’s completely free.

Renting property in Colorado is a smart way to pay off a mortgage or get a little extra cash, but it is also important to do your due diligence when it comes to legal matters. At LawInfo, you can download a free Residential Lease Agreement to help you implement a landlord-tenant relationship that protects you from legal risk and liability. If you are planning to rent Colorado properties, a legally binding residential lease agreement is a must-have.

We also offer legally binding Last Will and Testament templates to help you write out your last will. This document details whom your belongings and property will go to when you pass away. If you die without a last will written, you are said to be "intestate" and will have your belongings divided up by the probate courts. LawInfo's Last Will and Testament documents can help you be sure that your possessions are handled according to your wishes.

Power of Attorney documents are also important for individuals concerned about their health and legal well-being. These documents specify who has the authority to make decisions about your money, legal matters and health care if you become incapacitated either physically or mentally. LawInfo offers Power of Attorney forms to make it convenient for you to choose who you want making your end-of-life or serious care decisions.

Starting a Colorado Business

Making sure that the legal and administrative matters involved in starting a business is essential to getting your new venture off the ground. You can attend workshops run by the Colorado Small Business Development Center held throughout the state to learn which tax requirements, licenses and financing options may apply to your company.

You will need to choose the right business structure for your needs. This may be as simple as a sole proprietorship if you plan on striking out on your own, or you may want to begin a corporation or limited liability entity if you plan on beginning a much larger venture. Colorado is known as an entrepreneur-friendly state, and there are many resources available to help you. The next step is to find the licenses you need to fill out and taxes you need to pay. You may be able to register for these online; however, it is always advised to consult with a lawyer before going forward if you are unsure.

Colorado Business Statistics

Colorado was rated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the second-best state for entrepreneurship and innovation, and the Beacon Hill Institute named it as the third most economically competitive state. This shows in the state's small business numbers, with nearly 550,000 small businesses representing 97.6 percent of all employers. Small businesses employ more than 960,000 workers in the state, and the unemployment rate hovers at a low 7 percent. Additionally, Colorado is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies, including Arrow Electronics (ARW), DISH Network (DISH), Ball (BLL) and Western Union ( WU).