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Your first baby is in the way. Should you get a will?

Congratulations! You are about to be a proud papa or mama! You might not normally be thinking about your death at a time like this, but it’s never too early to start planning for your inevitable demise.

Now is the time to get your estate in order by getting a legal will. Why now? Here’s why:

Common concerns among personal injury claimants

If you were recently involved in an accident, it is likely that you are now involved in the process of filing a personal injury claim. You might be hesitant about taking action in order to claim back damages because you don't know how much effort will be required.

A personal injury claim can be made in any instance where a person's negligence or recklessness led to another's injury. This could be in a car accident, but a claim can also be made if you were injured in a public premises or because of medical malpractice.

Going through a same-sex divorce in Colorado

Across the United States, same-sex married couples faced many challenges in getting divorced until same-sex marriage was recognized across the country in 2015. Before this time, many couples could not get divorced if the state they were residing in did not yet recognize same-sex marriage.

Although the law regarding same-sex marriage has become much clearer over the years, there are still potential challenges on the path to divorce for same-sex couples in the state of Colorado. One of the reasons for this is the fact that same-sex marriage was legalized very recently. This poses several issues for the process of divorce, due to how the length of the marriage will be recognized.

How to avoid these common estate planning mistakes

If you are starting to plan your estate or you want to make amendments to your existing estate plan in the state of Colorado, you might find the different options available to you overwhelming and discouraging. It is easy to make mistakes when planning your estate, and that is why it is important that you conduct thorough research so that you avoid these blunders.

Some of the most common mistakes result simply from a failure to reflect upon your true wishes and failing to plan for every possible future scenario. By taking your time and not rushing the process, it is likely that you will be able to plan your estate successfully and efficiently.

Common questions about construction contracts

If you are the owner of a property and you are engaging in a contract with a builder in order to start a construction project, you might feel overwhelmed by the small print. It is important that you take your time in reading through the terms and signing.

Construction law can be complex in the state of Colorado, so it is important that you spend time reading about the law and getting your concerns addressed. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding construction contracts.

How can I show that my orthopedic surgeon was negligent?

If you have recently had surgery for an orthopedic injury, you will have depended on the success of that surgery in order to live a life free of pain. You may have needed the surgery to improve mobility or to engage in sports again.

Therefore, if the surgery did not go as planned, you will be feeling extremely disheartened. It may mean that you still cannot go to work, and are, therefore, losing income. In addition, it is likely that your quality of life is severely limited, and you may be dependent on a cane or a wheelchair for the foreseeable future.

If Millennials are getting prenups, should I?

It's common for those who are getting married later in life to be a little apprehensive about this big life change. Especially for those who are jumping into a second or third marriage, it's clear what's at risk if things don't work out.

However, many adults who are 35 years or older still fear they'll "jinx" or risk a marriage if they arrange a prenuptial agreement. Yet, as evident by Millenials, the prenuptial agreement has become far less taboo today.

How to stay calm in a child custody battle

If you have recently separated in the state of Colorado, it is possible that you will have found yourself in the middle of a child custody battle. This can occur for many reasons. Often the tension and the circumstances around the separation can mean that the two people cannot amicably agree on anything, including on child custody arrangements.

It is important that you place your focus on the way in which you react to the situation since this is completely within your realm of control. It may feel frustrating to deal with the animosity of your former partner. However, by being the more mature person, you can help to mitigate some conflict.

Why do cities use zoning systems?

You buy a piece of property to start your own business. You hire a construction company to start the project. However, that whole project quickly grinds to a halt when you find out that your property is not zoned for the type of business you want to start.

Zoning may seem simple. You have residential zones for houses and commercial zones for businesses. It gets more complex, though. Certain commercial areas may only be zoned for specific types of businesses -- light industry, for instance, or food service. An area may be zoned for mixed-use buildings that can be used for multiple purposes.

3 questions to ask if you're considering disinheriting a child

Disinheriting a child is a huge step to take. It means cutting that person entirely out of your will. They get nothing.

This is not something you should ever do lightly. There are situations when it may be the best decision for your family, but you must carefully consider it before acting. Never do it rashly or on impulse. If you're thinking about it at all, here are three questions to ask first:

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