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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 Planning 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.

Let’s Talk – Probate Litigation Among Family Members Can Break More than the Bank

As our parents age, bonds with our siblings and extended family members become even more important.  Our parents need us to work collaboratively when they can no longer speak for themselves. Unfortunately, it is during stressful times like these that family members lose sight of what is important – their incapacitated parent.

Here is the story we often hear as lawyers:  Mom had no estate plan because she knew that her children would work things out should something happen to her.  Mom was the glue that kept the family together. Mom never thought there might come a time when she would be unable to make decisions about to her health or her money.

If it is too late for a loved one to appoint medical and financial agents due to incapacity, talk to your lawyer about how your family can work collaboratively to make the best decisions for Mom.  When there is disagreement and conflict about where Mom should live, or who should take care of Mom’s bills, adult children often want to run to the court house to battle it out.

Before you do, take the time to have meaningful discussions with your siblings and family members about where Mom would have wanted to live if given the choice; how Mom would have wanted to be treated, medically or otherwise, if she still had a voice; and talk to an estate planning attorney if you need help facilitating these often difficult discussions.
Your attorneys have tools and strategies, as well as access to a network of psychologists, family-facilitators, and other professionals, to help you to resolve these conflicts. 

Ask yourself, are the exorbitant costs of litigation and the destruction of your family worth the fight in court. While in some cases litigation is necessary, first, let’s talk.