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DIY Estate Planning is Hazardous to Your Family and Property

Decades before legalzoom existed DIY estate planning did. It’s no better today than ever due to mis-information on the internet and the desire of people to avoid lawyers. Here are several reasons (among many) to avoid harming yourself and family with a DIY plan.

A. DIY Planning is more expensive than working with an estate planning specialist.

When you factor in the separate charges that all DIY solutions charge per document, no DIY solution can price match a real estate plan. Remember that DIY planning is not real planning. You are substituting someone else’s document for your own. There is no design or drafting particular to your family. How can it make sense to pay more and get less? It doesn’t.

B. DIY plans are traps for the unwary consumer.

All DIY plans share this trait: they are not tailored for you. They are designed to apply to a wide swath of people none of who are you! This is true of all online planning documents. Remember none of these are prepared for you by a qualified estate planning specialist.

A current example is that almost every DIY plan is NOT HIPAA compliant. If the plan or any of your documents are not HIPAA compliant your plan will fail.

You are responsible for yourself and family. You will make the decision. Should you pay more to get less or even faulty documents that don’t work? OUr recommendation is to properly protect yourself and family by working with a qualified estate planning specialist attorney or lawyer on your estate planning, will, trust and other documents.

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Get Help If You Suspect Exploitation

Exploitation of the elderly and other persons at risk is increasing daily. The K&G Estate Department has an array of tools and lawyers to help in these difficult cases. Society should protect it’s most vulnerable, elderly, children, the disabled but alarmingly these vulnerable people are most often at risk from their own families.

Abuse of persons at risk can come in many forms. Physical, emotional or financial. Protecting at risk individuals begins with education, training and sometimes legal intervention. If you become aware of an abuse case please take these steps immediately:

  1. Report to the person responsible for the person unless that is the abuser.
  2. Report to authorities. Police and sheriff departments have training and personnel to deal with these cases.
  3. Contact our office 303-688-3535 for assistance. The K&G Estate Department has attorneys trained to assist with these matters and who specialize in protecting at risk individuals.

Family Attorney Hannah Paille Joins Kokish & Goldmanis

K&G is excited to announce that family law attorney Hannah Paille has joined the firm’s Family Law Department. Paille will be specializing in family law matters such as divorce and post decree matters.

Paille is originally from Bossier City, Louisiana.  She attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana and achieved a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in journalism and political science with a concentration in pre-law. There, she was the president of the debate team, traveled the world competing in debate, and discovered her passion for public speaking and in-depth analysis of complex issues.

Paille went to law school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for her first two years, where she gained valuable experience at the East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender and clerking for the first woman to serve as a judge at the Middle District of Louisiana District Court. She then transferred to the University of Denver for her last year of law school.

Welcome Hannah Paille, to the K&G family!

Becky Goldmanis Named a Colorado Super Lawyer for 2018-2019

Kokish & Goldmanis is proud to announce that K&G partner Becky Goldmanis has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer for 2018-2019.

The Colorado Super Lawyers are well known and recognized as the best lawyers in Colorado.

Goldmanis, who heads K&G’s Family Law Department had this to say, “I am honored to be named a Colorado Super Lawyer! As a former district attorney it is gratifying to know that our work at K&G in helping families is recognized”.

K&G Lawyers Are Active in Our Community

K&G partner Bernie Greenberg is now the immediate past chair of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the current chair of the board of directors of the Castle Rock Chamber Foundation.

The foundation provides education to the public and schools on the economy, business and finance to equip the public to be better citizens and understand how our economy works. By providing these educational programs the Castle Rock Chamber Foundation reduces the financial burden to local governments who lack resources to provide such education.

Greenberg, who heads K&G’s Estate Department had this comment, “It is honor to serve the Castle  Rock Chamber Foundation as it’s chair and move our community forward with broader and deeper understanding of how the economy works.”

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Rebecca Goldmanis Named Rising Star By Colorado Super Lawyers

K&G is pleased to announce that firm partner Rebecca Goldmanis has been named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers. Becky heads the firm’s Family Law Department and specializes in family law, complex and high conflict divorce and post decree matters.

As a former district attorney Becky is experienced in high conflict matters and is recognized as one of Colorado’s top family law specialists. Becky also presented to the Colorado Family Law Institute in the summer of 2017 with K&G partner Bernie Greenberg on how trusts can impact divorce.

John Kokish Honored by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce

K & G founder John Kokish was honored by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s 2017 Annual Banquet. Mr. Kokish was named the Small Business Person of the Year and the firm was named Small Business of the Year by the chamber.

The chamber cited Mr. Kokish’s decades of service to Castle Rock and surrounding community when presenting this award. K & G also congratulates John and thanks him for his outstanding service to the community.

Bernie Greenberg Elected as Chairman of the Board by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce

K & G attorney Bernie Greenberg was elected to serve as the Chairman of Board for 2017-2018 by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Bernie also serves as a board member and member of the executive committee for the Castle Rock Chamber.

Mr. Greenberg also completed a two year stint as the lawyer coach of the Douglas County High School Mock Trial Team and service to Leadership Douglas County.

K & G continues it’s long standing commitment to community service through it’s attorneys. K & G believes that we help families succeed by assisting move our community forward.