Colorado Legal Solutions

Divorce, Custody, Bankruptcy - We're On Your Side.

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Firm Overview

The primary areas of focus are consumer bankruptcy (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13) and family law (divorce, child custody, adoption, etc). These areas account for over 80% of the work we do. Our attorneys also handle civil litigation, criminal defense and wills and estate planning.

Example cases

We have handled contested divorce and custody cases and successfully obtained permission to relocate children out of state. We have handled litigation of cases involving as little as $2 and as much as $2 million. We have been successful in stopping garnishments, ending creditor harassment, removing second or third mortgages from houses, saving homes from foreclosure, and giving people the peace of mind and fresh start that the bankruptcy code was created to provide.

Main Office

Main
10200 W 44th Avenue
Suite 120
Wheat Ridge  CO  80033

Phone
  • (303) 531-5380
Fax
  • (866) 332-8697

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We provide a free 30 minute consultation for all legal issues except for landlord tenant matters.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases are generally handled as a fixed-price service. The price is set based on the complexity of the case and the assets and debts at issue. Anyone who mentions Nolo will be given a 25% discount off our standard hourly rates.

Hourly Rates

Depends on the type of case. Call for details.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Evenings and weekends by appointment.

Office Manager

Haley

Emergency After Hours

No

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

In state court cases, including divorce and custody cases, we can provide advice and document drafting without entering an appearance in court for clients who are interested in limited representation. Federal court rules will not allow for less than full representation in bankruptcy court or other federal matters.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Our attorneys oversee every aspect of a client's representation, but where a task can be handled effectively and more cost efficiently by a paralegal or legal assistant it helps keep effective legal representation affordable.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Mediation is very important, particularly in family law where mediation is often mandated by the courts. Mediated agreements can reduce conflict and are more likely to be followed by the parties than court orders. Both of the firm's partners are experienced mediators and our attorneys can represent clients through the process.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Our attorneys work with organizations, including Colorado Legal Services and Metro Volunteer Lawyers to provide help to indigent Coloradans. People seeking pro bono services can find contact information for both organizations on our website: www.harkess-salter.com/forms-and-links

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We keep in mind that the proper role of an attorney is as a trusted advisor. The issues we deal with, especially bankruptcy and family law, affect your family, your finances — affect your life. We are not looking to push you to take action that you are not comfortable with or force you into a once size fits all solution. The goal is to ensure that you understand your options and can make the decision that is best for your situation. With that goal in mind, we do our best to take the time to answer questions, to help you understand your options and then to help you execute on your decisions for the direction of your life.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

An attorney is an adviser and an educator. Ultimately, the client is in control. It is important for people to get as much information as they can and to understand their situation and their options. Our firm prides itself on our ability to make complex issues understandable.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Due to the bankruptcy laws and federal court rules discouraging less than full representation, we do not review bankruptcy documents prepared by clients. We will, however, review other types of documents, including contracts, estate planning documents and state court pleadings and documents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

State courts do allow unbundled legal services and we are willing to provide advice and coaching on state court cases — including divorce and custody cases, on an hourly basis for clients who are not seeking full representation. Federal courts, including the bankruptcy court, discourage ghost writing and unbundled legal services. Competent legal representation in bankruptcy is relatively inexpensive compared to the benefits, and mistakes can be very costly. We do not provide coaching for clients in federal court.

Stephen Harkess

Attorney Stephen Harkess grew up in Colorado and has practiced law here for more than a dozen years. He attended public schools in Lakewood, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado and a law degree from the University of Denver. In addition to his career as an attorney, he has worked as an accountant and a real estate broker.

After law school, he clerked for a district court judge before leaving to practice law as a trial attorney. In subsequent years, he has represented clients at every level of the state and federal courts in Colorado, including jury trials involving disputes over as little as $2 and as much as several million dollars. He has also worked for one of the largest foreclosure law firms in Colorado.

Presently, Stephen's practice is primarily focused on family law and in providing financial relief to individuals and families through consumer bankruptcy. In 2012, he was honored by his peers by being listed in Colorado Super Lawyers
License
  • Bar Number: 30968
    Colorado , 1999
Education
  • University of Denver, College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1999
  • University of Colorado
    B.S. Business Adminstration , 1994

Robert Salter

As a family lawyer, Rob has helped clients with divorces, allocation of parental responsibilities (custody issues for unmarried parents), modifications of court orders, adoptions and grandparent visitation. He also handles wills, trusts and estate planning.

After graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor of arts degree in criminology and law, Rob moved to Colorado to enjoy the skiing, biking, and outdoor activities that the Rocky Mountains offer. In 1995, he began working as a counselor for dependent and neglected children at a residential treatment facility in Denver. Feeling as though he could do more to work within the legal system to improve the lives of children, Rob began studying law at the University of Denver. During his studies, he worked as a guardian ad litem (GAL) supervised by the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center. As a GAL, he worked to serve and protect the rights of dependent and neglected children. Rob earned his law degree and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2005. His professional affiliations include the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association.
License
  • Bar Number: 36820
    Colorado , 2005

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