Legal Connection Updates https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40350 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/xFYtEbteOBA/ Case Law Colorado Court of Appeals elder law guardianship protective proceedings trust & estate law trust and estate law Colorado Court of Appeals: All Prospective Guardians Must Undergo Statutory Vetting Process Prior to Appointment The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in In re Interest of Arguello on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:54:18 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-all-prospective-guardians-must-undergo-statutory-vetting-process-prior-to-appointment/#respond CBA-CLE Staff <div class="pf-content"> <p>The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in <em><a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="In re Interest of Arguello (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2019/18CA0548-PD.pdf" target="_blank">In re Interest of Arguello</a></em> on Thursday, February 7, 2019.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p><em><strong>Adult Guardianship—Court Visitor—Judicial Appointment of Permanent Guardian—Conflict—Visitor’s Report</strong></em></p><p>Arguello is an adult resident of Pueblo who suffers from dementia, developmental disability, and mental health illness. The court appointed Baslick as emergency guardian when medical decisions needed to be made and family was unavailable. Baslick works for Colorado Bluesky Enterprises, Inc. (Bluesky), which provides Arguello with case management services. Soon after Baslick’s appointment, several individuals petitioned the court to be appointed permanent guardian.</p><p>The court appointed a court visitor to prepare a visitor’s report concerning all prospective guardians. The first visitor’s report did not recommend Baslick because of her employment with Bluesky and the existence of a potential conflict of interest under C.R.S. § 15-13-310(4), which precludes a long-term care provider from also serving as a guardian. After several hearings and finding no suitable guardian from among the petitioners, the court sua sponte appointed the Arc of Pueblo (ARC) as the permanent guardian. Bluesky and Baslick moved for reconsideration, and the district court denied the motion. </p><p>On appeal, Bluesky argued that it is not a long-term care provider under the statute and the court erred in applying the statutory prohibition to Baslick. Here, while Bluesky may not fall “squarely” within the definition of a long-term care provider, the facts demonstrate a potential conflict of interest between Bluesky and Baslick that rendered her unsuitable as a guardian for Arguello. Bluesky provides substantial assistance to Arguello in the form of case management services. As guardian, Baslick would be able to recommend increased funding for Arguello and thereby generate revenues for Bluesky. She would also have oversight of Bluesky’s case management services and could be hesitant, as a Bluesky employee, to question Bluesky’s actions. Accordingly, the district court’s conclusion is supported by the record, and the court acted within its discretion in finding that Arguello’s best interests would not be served by appointing Baslick. </p><p>Bluesky next contended that the court violated the statutory mandate in C.R.S. § 15-14-305(1) by appointing ARC without first appointing a visitor and receiving a report. The court is required to appoint a visitor for every petition for guardianship filed, and all prospective guardians must undergo the statutory vetting process set forth in C.R.S. §§ 15-14-304 and -305 before appointment may occur. The trial court erred in sua sponte appointing a guardian who did not go through this process. </p><p>The order appointing ARC as guardian for Arguello was reversed, and the case was remanded to appoint a visitor and follow the statutory procedure to appoint a guardian for Arguello. The order was otherwise affirmed. </p></blockquote> <p><em>Summary&nbsp;provided&nbsp;courtesy&nbsp;of&nbsp;</em><a href="https://www.cobar.org/-em-Colorado-Lawyer-em" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Colorado Lawyer</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/xFYtEbteOBA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-all-prospective-guardians-must-undergo-statutory-vetting-process-prior-to-appointment/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-all-prospective-guardians-must-undergo-statutory-vetting-process-prior-to-appointment/ 2019-02-15 15:54 +00:00 2019-02-15 08:54 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40348 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/pt7D_C8QZG8/ Case Law abuse of process attorney fees attorney malpractice breach of fiduciary duty Colorado Court of Appeals ethics litigation Colorado Court of Appeals: Bringing Malpractice Claim to Reduce Liability for Attorney Fees is Not Abuse of Process The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Parks v. Edward Dale Parrish, LLC on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:49:23 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-bringing-malpractice-claim-to-reduce-liability-for-attorney-fees-is-not-abuse-of-process/#respond CBA-CLE Staff <div class="pf-content"> <p>The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in <em><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2019/17CA1257-PD.pdf" target="_blank">Parks v. Edward Dale Parrish, LLC</a></em> on Thursday, February 7, 2019.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p><em><strong>Torts—Malpractice—Abuse of Process—Breach of Fiduciary Duty—Attorney Fees—Expert Witness</strong></em></p><p>Parrish and Edward Dale Parrish LLC (defendants) represented plaintiff in two cases, a partition case and a dissolution case, against plaintiff’s former, long-term girlfriend. Plaintiff was not satisfied with the results. After he failed to pay Parrish for his legal services, Parrish filed a notice of attorney’s lien in the partition case. In response, plaintiff filed this case against defendants, alleging that they provided negligent representation and breached their fiduciary duty to him in both cases. Defendants counterclaimed for breach of contract (seeking an award of fees incurred in previously representing plaintiff) and abuse of process (based on plaintiff bringing this case). </p><p>At the close of plaintiff’s evidence, defendants moved for directed verdicts on all of his claims. The district court concluded that the breach of fiduciary duty claim was duplicative of the negligence claim and dismissed that claim. Plaintiff moved for a directed verdict on the counterclaims, which the court denied. The jury returned verdicts for defendants on all claims and counterclaims. The court also awarded defendants costs for their expert witness. Plaintiff moved for judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV). This motion was deemed denied when the district court did not timely act on it.  </p><p>On appeal, plaintiff first contended that the district court erred in denying his motion for directed verdict and motion for JNOV on defendants’ abuse of process counterclaim. Bringing a malpractice case to obtain a result that such an action is designed to achieve doesn’t constitute an improper use of process, regardless of the motive. Here, the district court erred in reasoning that the jury could find an abuse of process if it found merely that defendants didn’t provide negligent representation. Given the lack of evidence of any improper use of process, the district court should have granted plaintiff’s motion for a directed verdict or motion for JNOV on the abuse of process counterclaim. </p><p>Plaintiff next contended that the district court erred in dismissing as duplicative his breach of fiduciary duty claim relating to the partition case. Where the professional negligence claim and breach of fiduciary duty claim arise from the same material facts and the allegations pertain to an attorney’s exercise of professional judgment, the breach of fiduciary duty claim should be dismissed as duplicative.  Here, plaintiff alleged that Parrish breached his fiduciary duty by entering into a stipulation without his consent. The same allegation underlies in part the negligence claim and implicates Parrish’s exercise of professional judgment. Therefore, the district court did not err in dismissing the breach of fiduciary duty claim.</p><p>Plaintiff also contended that the district court erred in denying his motion for a directed verdict on defendants’ breach of contract counterclaim. Defendants claimed that plaintiff breached a contract by failing to pay them attorney fees. Plaintiff argued that defendants had to prove the reasonableness of the fees they sought through expert testimony, and because defendants didn’t present any such testimony, the claim necessarily fails. When breach of contract damages are unpaid attorney fees, laypersons can determine the reasonableness of fees without an expert’s help. Here, Parrish testified about the services rendered, the reasonableness of the time spent on the services, and the fees charged for the services, and the jury considered the bills to plaintiff. Thus, the jury had sufficient evidence to assess the reasonableness of the claimed fees. </p><p>The judgment in favor of defendants on the abuse of process counterclaim was vacated. The judgment was affirmed in all other respects. The case was remanded for the district court to enter judgment in plaintiff’s favor on the abuse of process counterclaim and to amend the judgment as to damages accordingly. </p></blockquote> <p><em>Summary&nbsp;provided&nbsp;courtesy&nbsp;of&nbsp;</em><a href="https://www.cobar.org/-em-Colorado-Lawyer-em" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Colorado Lawyer</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/pt7D_C8QZG8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-bringing-malpractice-claim-to-reduce-liability-for-attorney-fees-is-not-abuse-of-process/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-bringing-malpractice-claim-to-reduce-liability-for-attorney-fees-is-not-abuse-of-process/ 2019-02-15 15:49 +00:00 2019-02-15 08:49 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40346 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/QZMrZfK2jls/ Case Law Colorado Court of Appeals Colorado Court of Appeals: Announcement Sheet, 2/14/2019 On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and 35 unpublished opinions. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:44:19 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-announcement-sheet-2-14-2019/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"> <p>On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and 35 unpublished opinions.</p> <p>Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is <a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_Of_Appeals/Case_Announcements/Files/2019/13283402-14-19.pdf">available here</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/QZMrZfK2jls" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-announcement-sheet-2-14-2019/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-announcement-sheet-2-14-2019/ 2019-02-15 15:44 +00:00 2019-02-15 08:44 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40344 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/usId9Jxt6vM/ Case Law 10th Circuit Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 2/14/2019 On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and four unpublished opinions. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:31:02 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-14-2019/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"> <p>On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and four unpublished opinions.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-6103.pdf" target="_blank"><em>United States v. Foster</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-5102.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Brown v. Allbaugh</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-1094.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Johnson v. Raemisch</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-1346.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Arthur v. Moorehead</em></a></p> <p>Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are&nbsp;<a href="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/tag/10th-circuit/">summarized and provided by Legal Connection</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/usId9Jxt6vM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-14-2019/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-14-2019/ 2019-02-15 15:31 +00:00 2019-02-15 08:31 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40340 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/ST9rYyEQS9M/ Job Satisfaction career satisfaction happiness inspiration job search mental health Working With Passion Hmmm… love… passion… Happy Valentine’s Day! Now back to work. Is there really such a thing as loving your work/working with passion? Yes. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:10:03 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/working-with-passion/#respond Kevin Rhodes <div class="pf-content"> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter"><img src="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/work-with-passion-steve-jobs.png" alt="" class="wp-image-40341" srcset="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/work-with-passion-steve-jobs.png 216w, https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/work-with-passion-steve-jobs-138x150.png 138w" sizes="(max-width: 216px) 100vw, 216px" /></figure></div> <p>Hmmm… love… passion… Happy Valentine’s Day!</p> <p>Now back to work.</p> <p>Is there really such a thing as loving your work/working with passion?&nbsp;<em>Y</em><em>es.</em></p> <p>What does it mean, to work with passion?&nbsp;<em>I don’t have a good definition, but you know when you’ve got it.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>And it certainly isn’t what ManagementSpeak calls “engagement.”</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter"><img src="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/work-with-passion.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-40342" srcset="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/work-with-passion.jpg 318w, https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/work-with-passion-150x75.jpg 150w, https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/work-with-passion-300x150.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 318px) 100vw, 318px" /></figure></div> <p>Google “work engagement,” and you get a truly stunning number and variety of results, many of which are monotonously unoriginal and insultingly obvious, and some of which are just plain scary. Consider&nbsp;<a href="https://oshwiki.eu/wiki/Work_engagement:_drivers_and_effects" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">this article</a>&nbsp;from “OSH WIKI,” sponsored by the EU version of OSHA<a href="https://public-api.wordpress.com/bar/?stat=groovemails-events&amp;bin=wpcom_email_click&amp;redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Ftheneweconomyandthefutureofwork.wordpress.com%2F2019%2F02%2F14%2Fworking-with-passion%2F%23_edn1&amp;sr=1&amp;signature=5e05fbf7a6360174bdb32b176fbfb430&amp;user=61676618&amp;_e=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&amp;_z=z" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">[1]</a>:</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>Work engagement is defined as positive behaviour or a positive state of mind at work that leads to positive work-related outcomes. Employees with high levels of work engagement are energetic and dedicated to their work and immersed to their work.</p></blockquote> <p>We’ll ignore the redundancy and wayward preposition for a moment and notice all the strong adjectives: positive, energetic, dedicated, immersed. No issues there. <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_engagement" target="_blank">Wikipedia </a>adds a few more:</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>Work engagement is the ‘harnessing of organization member&#8217;s selves to their work roles: in engagement, people employ and express themselves physically, cognitively, emotionally and mentally during role performances. Three aspects of work motivation are cognitive, emotional and physical engagement.’<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://public-api.wordpress.com/bar/?stat=groovemails-events&amp;bin=wpcom_email_click&amp;redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Ftheneweconomyandthefutureofwork.wordpress.com%2F2019%2F02%2F14%2Fworking-with-passion%2F%23_edn2&amp;sr=1&amp;signature=e079bb9fb1f25a2f2ed42b5a232e0468&amp;user=61676618&amp;_e=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&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">[2]</a></p></blockquote> <p>Okay, got it:  when you’re engaged at work, you’re “physically, cognitively, emotionally and mentally” all there. Hard to argue with that. But then you also need to be “<em>harnessed”</em> to your “<em>work role,</em>” with the ultimate objectives of<em> “role performance”</em> and <em>“work-related outcomes.”</em></p> <p>Um, no thanks. I’m pretty sure I’m busy that night. The robots can handle it while I’m out.</p> <p>Thus far, we only have descriptions of what it’s like when you <em>are</em> engaged.  But how do you get there in the first place? That would seem to be where “passion” comes in. But where does <em>that</em> come from? Maybe we’ll find some clues in an article with a catchy title:  <em><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/10/is-your-colleague-a-zombie-worker/" target="_blank">Is Your Colleague A Zombie Worker?</a></em></p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>They walk among us, dead-eyed, with heavy tread. They are the colleague sagging at the coffee machine, the project manager staring out of the window. Meet the zombie workforce: an army of employees who’re failing to find inspiration at work.</p><p>There are more of these ‘working dead’ than you might imagine. According to a recent study by Aon Hewitt, less than one-quarter of the world’s employees are classified as ‘highly’ engaged in their jobs, while only 39% admit to being ‘moderately’ so.</p><p>This leaves an awful lot of the 5 million people Aon surveyed ‘unengaged’, which the more gruesome-minded of us might take to mean ‘haunting office corridors like reanimated corpses’ where once they might have been valuable staff members, full of life and great ideas.</p><p><br></p></blockquote> <p>We all know people like that. We might be that ourselves:&nbsp; according to the research, look left and look right, and two of you don’t have a pulse. The working dead can’t find the “inspiration at work” they need. Hence no passion.</p> <p>How do we wake the dead?</p> <p>I met the world of working dead lawyers right after the Great Recession of 2007-2008. In a stroke of exquisitely bad timing, I left my law practice to start a new venture at the start of 2007. The project bombed, and I was at loose ends. I attended a bar association career change/job search meeting where we did one of those speed-dating things where you meet everybody. It was an eye-opener. Here were all these amazing people — bright, personable, articulate, with wide interests and a desire to serve — but they didn’t see themselves that way. Instead, they saw themselves as victims, helpless, hopeless.</p> <p>I raced home and sketched out a workshop to help them discover who they <em>really</em> were. I’d never done a workshop like that before, but the ideas poured in, and I wrote them down in a white heat. A couple hours later, I fired off a proposal to the bar association. Weeks later I got an email:  “How’d you like to do your program over lunch next Tuesday? We’ll provide the pizza.” They put a blurb in a monthly newsletter, and 40 people showed up. I’ll never forget standing in front and looking into 40 pairs of empty eyes. The lights were on but nobody was home — or in some cases, the lights weren’t even on, and apparently hadn’t been for a long time.</p> <p>The workshop morphed into a traveling Continuing Legal Education road show. The promoter called it “Beyond Burnout: Find Your Passion in the Law,” but then quickly added “Or Out of the Law.” Best intentions aside, most attendees wanted out. Of the hundreds of heartfelt evaluations I collected, the following was by far in the minority:</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>I knew I was fairly happy in my career, but I took this CLE because it sounded more interesting than the traditional practice area CLEs. In working through the exercises, I met some amazing people and realized just how truly blessed I am to be currently working in a job that I love. This workshop got me excited to build my business to an even bigger level — it reignited the passion!</p></blockquote> <p>“Reignited” meant the writer had the passion, and knew it. I said earlier you know it if you’ve got it. Next time, we’ll talk about what that feels like — kinda like falling in love, actually.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://public-api.wordpress.com/bar/?stat=groovemails-events&amp;bin=wpcom_email_click&amp;redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Ftheneweconomyandthefutureofwork.wordpress.com%2F2019%2F02%2F14%2Fworking-with-passion%2F%23_ednref1&amp;sr=1&amp;signature=5cd5792c88325484709802e223f426d5&amp;user=61676618&amp;_e=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&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">[1]</a> In its defense, OSH is in the business of making sure workers are engaged at leaqst enough not tyo hurt themselves or others — a pretty low standard when it comes to passion. Here’s its mission:  “OSHwiki has been developed by <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://osha.europa.eu/" target="_blank">EU-OSHA</a>, to enable the sharing of occupational safety and health (OSH) knowledge, information and best practices, in order to support government, industry and employee organisations in ensuring safety and health at the workplace.”</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://public-api.wordpress.com/bar/?stat=groovemails-events&amp;bin=wpcom_email_click&amp;redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Ftheneweconomyandthefutureofwork.wordpress.com%2F2019%2F02%2F14%2Fworking-with-passion%2F%23_ednref2&amp;sr=1&amp;signature=a3471dcfb1be8560db85b03fe78e92ab&amp;user=61676618&amp;_e=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&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">[2]</a> Quoting a 1990 <em>Academy of Management Journal</em> article.</p> <div style="border: 1px solid #999999; background-color: #dadada;"> <p><em><a href="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/07/can-money-buy-happiness/photo-kevin-head-shot-thumbnail/" rel="attachment wp-att-37377"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-37377" src="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Photo-Kevin-Head-Shot-thumbnail.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="187" srcset="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Photo-Kevin-Head-Shot-thumbnail.jpg 150w, https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Photo-Kevin-Head-Shot-thumbnail-120x150.jpg 120w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /></a></em></p> <p>If you like Kevin Rhodes’s posts, you might enjoy his new <a href="https://iconoclast.blog">Iconoclast.blog</a>, which focuses on several themes that have appeared in this blog over the years, such as how belief creates culture and culture creates behavior, and why growth and change are difficult but doable. You can also <a href="https://www.facebook.com/iconoclast.blog/">follow Iconoclast.blog on Facebook</a>.</p> </div> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/ST9rYyEQS9M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/working-with-passion/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/working-with-passion/ 2019-02-14 16:10 +00:00 2019-02-14 09:10 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40338 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/HtCpiVcTbCY/ Case Law Colorado Court of Appeals property tax real estate law tax law Colorado Court of Appeals: BAA Did Not Err in Determining Contiguous Parcel was “Vacant Land” The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Martin Trust v. Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:00:43 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-baa-did-not-err-in-determining-contiguous-parcel-was-vacant-land/#respond CBA-CLE Staff <div class="pf-content"> <p>The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in <em><a rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Martin Trust v. Board of County Commissioners (opens in a new tab)" href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2019/17CA0938-PD.pdf" target="_blank">Martin Trust v. Board of County Commissioners</a></em> on Thursday, February 7, 2019.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p><em><strong>Taxation—Property Tax—Residential Property—Vacant Land.</strong></em></p><p>The Martins bought two adjacent parcels of land in La Plata County. The east parcel (the residential parcel) contains the Martins’ home on a .62-acre lot, and the west parcel (the adjacent lot) is an unimproved .72-acre lot that adjoins the residential parcel’s western boundary. For tax year 2014, the Martin Family Partnership, LLLP (the partnership) held the title to the adjacent lot and the Martins held the title to the residential parcel as joint tenants. The partnership and the Martins thereafter transferred title to both parcels to the Martin Trust (the Trust), which held the titles for tax years 2015 to 2016. </p><p>The County Assessor classified the adjacent lot as vacant land for tax years 2014 to 2016, and the Trust sought to have it reclassified as residential. It appealed the Assessor’s decision to the Board of Equalization of La Plata County and the Board of County Commissioners of La Plata County (collectively, the Boards). The Boards denied both appeals. The Trust appealed those decisions to the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA). The BAA upheld the County Assessor’s 2014 classification of the adjacent lot as vacant land, finding that the parcels were not under common ownership because they were separately titled and the owners were “separate and distinct legal entities.” For the 2015 to 2016 classifications, the BAA partially granted the Trust’s appeal, stating it was persuaded by the Trust’s claim that there would be a loss of views if a residence was constructed on the adjacent lot. But the BAA determined that only two-thirds of the adjacent lot was used as a unit in conjunction with the residential parcel for maintaining views from that parcel, and on that basis, it ordered that only the two-thirds portion of the adjacent lot be reclassified as residential.</p><p>On appeal, the Trust contended that the BAA erred when it concluded that the adjacent lot was vacant land for tax year 2014 and partly vacant land for tax years 2015 to 2016. Conversely, the Boards contended that the BAA erred when it reclassified the adjacent lot as residential land for tax years 2015 to 2016. The majority concluded that for two contiguous parcels of land to both qualify as “residential land” (1) one parcel must have a residence on it, (2) the other must have a man-made structure or water rights that are an integral part of the use of the residence on the neighboring parcel, and (3) the land must be used as a unit in conjunction with the residential improvements on the parcels. Further, the requirement that contiguous parcels be used as a unit does not include the “use” of vacant land by looking across it at objects beyond the land. Here, there is no evidence that there are any structures on the adjacent lot that are an integral part of the residence on the residential parcel. Therefore, the adjacent lot does not qualify as residential land.</p><p>The BAA’s order for tax year 2014 denying residential land designation regarding the adjacent lot was affirmed, and the order for tax years 2015 to 2016 granting such designation for the adjacent lot was reversed. The case was remanded for issuance of an order consistent with the majority’s opinion. </p></blockquote> <p><em>Summary&nbsp;provided&nbsp;courtesy&nbsp;of&nbsp;</em><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.cobar.org/-em-Colorado-Lawyer-em" target="_blank">Colorado Lawyer</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/HtCpiVcTbCY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-baa-did-not-err-in-determining-contiguous-parcel-was-vacant-land/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-baa-did-not-err-in-determining-contiguous-parcel-was-vacant-land/ 2019-02-14 16:00 +00:00 2019-02-14 09:00 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40336 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/MXaAGapJ9e0/ Case Law 10th Circuit Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 2/13/2019 On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and five unpublished opinions. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:40:32 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-13-2019/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"> <p>On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and five unpublished opinions.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-2022.pdf" target="_blank"><em>United States v. Hall</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/17/17-8036.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Hedquist v. Patterson</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-9513.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Aguilar-Perez v. Sessions</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-1138.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Margheim v. Buck</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-2142.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Al-Pine v. Richerson</em></a></p> <p>Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are&nbsp;<a href="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/tag/10th-circuit/">summarized and provided by Legal Connection</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/MXaAGapJ9e0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-13-2019/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-13-2019/ 2019-02-14 15:40 +00:00 2019-02-14 08:40 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40334 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/D7qAT1Yvpn0/ Case Law Colorado Court of Appeals criminal law false reporting Outrageous Governmental Conduct sexual assault Colorado Court of Appeals: Trial Court Erred in Finding Outrageous Government Conduct and Dismissing Case The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in People v. Burlingame on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:05:29 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-trial-court-erred-in-finding-outrageous-government-conduct-and-dismissing-case/#respond CBA-CLE Staff <div class="pf-content"> <p>The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in <em><a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2019/16CA2198-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="People v. Burlingame (opens in a new tab)">People v. Burlingame</a></em> on Thursday, February 7, 2019.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p><em>Attempting to Influence a Public Servant—False Reporting—Outrageous Governmental Conduct—Work Product Privilege.</em></p><p>Defendant alleged that she went out drinking one night with a coworker and then went with him to his home. She reported that later that evening the coworker’s roommate raped her.</p><p>DNA evidence conclusively showed that it could not have been the roommate who had sexual contact with defendant; rather, the coworker had had sexual contact with defendant. Two prosecutors, a prosecutor’s office investigator, and a police detective interviewed defendant about these results at her home. The interview was conducted in the presence of family members and friends and was recorded on video. During the interview, defendant became upset and told the investigators and prosecutors to leave, and they did. Prosecutors charged defendant with two counts of attempting to influence a public servant and one count of false reporting. </p><p>At a hearing, defendant argued that the videotape of the interview should be suppressed and the case should be dismissed because the government’s conduct was outrageous. Prosecutors repeatedly used the work product privilege to block evidence showing why they chose to videotape the interview or that might explain their decision making process in filing the charges. The trial court dismissed the case against defendant based on a finding of outrageous government conduct.</p><p>On appeal, the People asserted that the trial court erred in concluding that there was outrageous government conduct warranting dismissal of the charges against defendant. Outrageous governmental conduct is conduct that violates fundamental fairness and shocks the universal sense of justice. Here, the trial court concluded, without evidentiary support, that videotaping the defendant was improper. Further, the prosecutor’s proper use of the work product privilege cannot from the basis for a finding of outrageous conduct. In addition, the trial court found a violation of the Victim Rights Act without identifying the specific section violated, and the videotape shows that defendant was treated with respect and was not harassed or abused. While the government’s behavior might be considered poor judgment or even legal error, the trial court’s findings of fact do not support its conclusion that the government’s conduct was outrageous. Because the trial court’s findings of fact are not supported by the record, they were arbitrary and thus an abuse of discretion. </p><p>The order dismissing the case was reversed and the case was remanded with directions to reinstate the charges and to consider the motions still pending before it, including whether the interview should be suppressed because the totality of the circumstances surrounding it constituted psychological coercion. </p></blockquote> <p><em>Summary&nbsp;provided&nbsp;courtesy&nbsp;of&nbsp;</em><a href="https://www.cobar.org/-em-Colorado-Lawyer-em" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Colorado Lawyer</a>. </p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/D7qAT1Yvpn0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-trial-court-erred-in-finding-outrageous-government-conduct-and-dismissing-case/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-trial-court-erred-in-finding-outrageous-government-conduct-and-dismissing-case/ 2019-02-13 17:05 +00:00 2019-02-13 10:05 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40332 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/VdBJGXYadUU/ Case Law Colorado Court of Appeals criminal law forfeiture jury instructions remand Colorado Court of Appeals: Defense Counsel’s Error in Declining to Object to Inapplicable Jury Instruction Amounted to Forfeiture The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in People v. Ramirez on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:52:38 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-defense-counsels-error-in-declining-to-object-to-inapplicable-jury-instruction-amounted-to-forfeiture/#respond CBA-CLE Staff <div class="pf-content"> <p>The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in <em><a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion/2019/14CA1958-PD.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="People v. Ramirez (opens in a new tab)">People v. Ramirez</a></em> on Thursday, February 7, 2019.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p><em><strong>Criminal Law—Jury Instructions—Waiver—Forfeiture.</strong></em></p><p>Defendant was convicted in one trial of charges stemming from four consolidated criminal cases. This case was remanded from the Supreme Court to reconsider the disposition of the conviction for first degree assault in light of <em>People v. Rediger</em>, 2018 CO 32.</p><p>On remand, Ramirez argued that the trial court’s jury instruction on deadly physical force, which related to the charges of first degree assault, second degree assault, and third degree assault, was improper. It was error for the court to instruct the jury on deadly physical force because defendant was not accused of causing death. By giving an inapplicable instruction and incorporating it into the elemental instruction for first, second, and third degree assault, the court would have caused the jury to have an incorrect understanding of the elements of those charges. The prior court of appeals’ division concluded that Ramirez had waived his contention of instructional error because his defense counsel stated he believed the instruction to be “a correct statement of the law,” and therefore declined to consider it. Defense counsel apparently lacked awareness of the error. Under these circumstances, the court could not conclude that counsel intentionally relinquished a known right on defendant’s behalf. Here, defense counsel’s error in declining to object to the jury instruction amounted to a forfeiture, not a waiver. The trial court committed plain error.</p><p>The conviction of first degree assault was reversed and the case was remanded for a new trial solely as to that charge. In all other respects, the judgment was affirmed. </p></blockquote> <p><em>Summary provided courtesy of </em> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.cobar.org/-em-Colorado-Lawyer-em" target="_blank">Colorado Lawyer</a>. </p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/VdBJGXYadUU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-defense-counsels-error-in-declining-to-object-to-inapplicable-jury-instruction-amounted-to-forfeiture/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/colorado-court-of-appeals-defense-counsels-error-in-declining-to-object-to-inapplicable-jury-instruction-amounted-to-forfeiture/ 2019-02-13 16:52 +00:00 2019-02-13 09:52 -07:00 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=40329 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/_r8Kb5Nh14I/ Case Law 10th Circuit Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 2/12/2019 On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two published opinions and four unpublished opinions. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:28:18 Z https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-12-2019/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"> <p>On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two published opinions and four unpublished opinions.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-1177.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Nitka v. Nelnet</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-1393.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Stamps v. Miller</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-6079.pdf" target="_blank"><em>MEMC II v. Cannon Storage Systems</em></a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/18/18-1253.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Fletcher v. Inmate Bank</em></a></p> <p>Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are&nbsp;<a href="https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/tag/10th-circuit/">summarized and provided by Legal Connection</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/_r8Kb5Nh14I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-12-2019/feed/ 0 https://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2019/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-2-12-2019/ 2019-02-13 00:28 +00:00 2019-02-12 17:28 -07:00