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Best Young Attorney In Colorado Winner 2021

Meggin Rutherford named the 2021 Gary McPherson Young Attorney of the Year

By the Colorado Bar Association

Creating Solutions Together

Family Law ~ Estate Planning ~ Elder Law ~ Probate

 

Family Law

 

Revolutionary Family Law for You.

Solutions Now for A Successful Future.

Wills and Trusts

 

Long Term Protection

Guidance for Your Family.

Elder Law

Preparing for Your Future

Guiding Your Family.

Probate

Protecting Your Loved Ones

Following Their Final Wishes.

Mediation

 

Solutions Without Trial. 

Control Your Own Fate.

Collaborative Divorce

Innovative Family Law Solutions

No Court Required

Child Custody

Put Your Children First

Unbundled

A Cost Effective Way to

Receive Legal Assistance.

Meggin Rutherford
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Selena S. Besirevic
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2020 10 Best Attorney
10.0Meggin Elaine Rutherford
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Introduction

Our mission is nothing less than changing our community through dedicated and focused service for our clients.  You can expect compassionate service focused on your long term best interests. The Rutherford Law Center are Arvada lawyers and mediators dedicated to helping Colorado families plan for the future and put their lives back together. Whether it is family law, collaborative law, mediation, estate planning, elder law, adopting a child, or helping you through the probate of your parent’s estate, the Rutherford Law Center, LLC is here to help. Compassionate. Tough. Focused on you. We serve all families in the Denver Metro area. Please explore the site to learn more about the services we offer and the attorneys who can help you.

Family Law

A divorce does not have to leave you emotionally and financially bankrupt if you hire a progressive lawyer who really looks out for your best interests now and in the future. Click below for more information about divorce, parenting time, custody, property, alimony, or adoption.

Wills and Trusts

Estate Planning at the Rutherford Law Center is much more than just the basic documents. You also receive instructions, guidance, and ongoing assistance. Piece of mind is always included.

Large family or small, let us make sure that you and your family are protected no matter what happens.  Click below to help protect your assets, you health, and your family.

Elder Law

Caring for our loved ones in the same way they cared for us is never easy.

Let us help you ensure that you and your loved ones are cared for through all stages of life.  Click below for information on elder planning, guardianships, and conservatorships.

 

Probate

Losing a loved one is always hard, settling their estate alone just makes it harder. Let us guide you through the process to ensure that your loved one’s estate is settled correctly.  Whether a large estate or a small one, we can help you move forward with confidence.  Click below for more information on our probate services.

Mediation

Conflict is an unfortunate part of our modern lives.  You do not have to go to court to settle your issues. Mediation helps resolve conflicts with your ex, your neighbors, or your family, without the expense and agony of a court battle. Create solutions for your life. Let us help guide you to a better resolution.  Click below for more information on family law or probate mediation.

Collaborative Divorce

A Divorce does not have to go to court and does not have to be ugly.

 With the help of specially trained professionals, you can complete a divorce outside of court, and gain more knowledge about positive communication and securing your best financial future. Click below for more about divorce focused on your family.

Child Custody

You want what is best for your children, and you need an attorney to ensure that your children’s interests are the priority. A good relationship between parents is crucial for your children and their future success. Let us help you establish parenting plans to ensure your long term peace.

If you need to establish or change parenting time or child support click below for more information.

Unbundled

Do you want guidance from a lawyer but without the cost of having them represent you at court? Let us provide you behind the scenes guidance. Get lawyer perks at a lower cost.

A Cost Effective Way To Receive Legal Guidance.

What is a Living Will?

A common misunderstanding we face is about living wills.  Because it has the name "will" in it, people sometimes think its about their debts and assets.  But that is not the case.  Sometimes people get it confused with a living trust, which is another name for a...

Probate: Definition and Timeline

What is Probate? Probate is what happens after someone dies and their loved ones need to finalize their business affairs.  Many people are afraid of probate.  Fortuantely, in Colorado the process is quite streamlined.  A person requests that the Court appoint him or...

Married But Separated: What You Need to Know

Married But Separated: What You Need To Know   Many people stay married but separated for a while before deciding to file for divorce.  That can be a good idea so that you are sure that divorce is right for you.  But if you let it continue for too long there can...

Colorado Divorce Timeline

How to Get a Divorce In Colorado While we all try to avoid divorce, sometimes it's inevitable.  We work with our clients to find solutions that help everyone in their family be healthier in the long run.  One of the most important things we’ve found is helping our...

Guardian and Conservator Timeline

Heading Extra Guardianship/Conservatorship Timeline It is hard and scary when your elder loved one cannot take care of themselves or their money any more.  While the court system to get someone appointed to help may seem daunting, you can get through with some help...

Do I Need A Will Or A Trust?

Heading Extra Do I Need a Will Or a Trust? You’ve heard it from friends, or you’ve heard it on the TV.  You need a trust!  They are just instant that probate is terrible and you have to have a trust!  That may be true in other states, but not here in Colorado.  Our...

Why a Divorce Attorney Is a Good Investment

Heading Extra By Selena Besirevic, Senior Attorney Let’s be honest: no one wants to hire an attorney until they have to. No one goes into a marriage or has a child and thinks “I will need a family law attorney one day”. Unfortunately, that is not the reality and many...

4 Ways to Save Money In Your Divorce

Heading Extra 4 Ways to Save Money In Your Divorce 1. Ask attorneys if they offer an unbundled option.  Unbundled representation is having an attorney in your back pocket.  They can help you with analysis, strategy, and figuring out if what the other side offered is...

Child Custody in Colorado (Hint: It’s Not Custody)

Heading Extra By Meggin Rutherford We often hear the term “child custody” in our everyday language.  So when you are considering a divorce or a break up from your child’s other parent, you’re probably worried about what the custody arrangement will be.      In...

Estate Planning and Retirement Planning

Heading Extra For Even More Information About Estate Planning, Download Our Free E-Book HERE As you prepare for your future you want to make sure that you are protected, and that your family is protected as well.  This includes retirement planning for yourself and any...
Would highly recommend this firm. From the moment I began communications, everyone in the office was professional, courteous, and friendly. I have been experiencing ongoing disputes over the welfare of my two little children and Brittany (in particular) has been exceptionally helpful and compassionate. Her expertise and organization was a God-send. I found the firm to be affordable (for what legal action and attention need be taken). Have already recommended to family and friends who are considering the need for legal council.
Bill Singmaster
Bill Singmaster
19:40 18 Apr 22
The Rutherford Law Center was referred to me by a friend and I am so thankful for the recommendation.Tracy Nolan served as my legal counsel and I was very pleased with her professionalism, advocacy, attention to detail, expertise and ability to help me navigate the complicated and complex legal system. She looked into the situation from every angle and ensured that I was comfortable with the process every step of the way.In all, I am very pleased with the outcome of the case as it has brought closure and peace of mind for my family and I given the unfortunate situation. I hope I never need to seek legal services again, however if I do I now have someone I’d trust to work with again—highly recommend.
Thuy Phan
Thuy Phan
02:59 19 Mar 22
Amazing level of dedication to clients and responsibility towards outcomes. Selena Besirevic goes the extra mile in the battle to preserve the family unit!! Thank you for all you do!!!!
Dena Strick
Dena Strick
21:01 17 Mar 22
We were looking to get our estate planning done and could not have found a better group to handle our needs. The process was very seemless and straightforward. They answered all of our questions and brought up many different scenarios we had not thought about. We now have the peace of mind that everything will be done as we wish. Debby and Tracy treated us like family and we could count on their expertise to address everything we needed.
Mary Guest
Mary Guest
23:46 15 Mar 22
Selena was my attorney for my divorce. Let me tell you, she knocked it out of the park, I had my moments of frustration throughout my divorce, but at the end of it, I couldn't have asked for a better result in my divorce. I highly recommend the Rutherford Law Center if you need a divorce attorney! Thank you again Selena!
Will Raymond
Will Raymond
17:20 09 Mar 22
These lawyers are amazingly kind and truly care about their clients. They walk beside you in the hardest things you have to go through. They listen and allow you to process and walk forward. They are incredibly encouraging and build you up when life has torn you down. They give very solid advice and yet allow you to make choices that work for you. They are in your corner and will fight the battles that can overwhelm you. I highly recommend this law firm!
Mary Nickerson
Mary Nickerson
03:42 14 Jan 22
Meggin and her team were great, they helped us out during a difficult time with working to get my mother's estate in order and get her moved and set up for success. They were quick to respond and quick with the work, and listened to what our needs were and were kind throughout the process. I was very pleased with the professionalism, speed, and with the approach and attitudes of the people involved.
Frank Haug
Frank Haug
18:02 21 Dec 21
Selena and Meggin were straight forward, professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate during my divorce. Selena often peeled me of the ceiling and kept me grounded and focused. She fought for me, and in the end, was able to secure and protect the things that mattered to me. I am not only thankful for the win, but also the comfort and support throughout the entire process. I will be forever grateful!
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Johnson
04:04 28 Sep 21
Helpful, competant, accessible, and trustworthy!
Karey Sutton
Karey Sutton
15:39 02 Jun 21
edhem besirevic
edhem besirevic
00:48 06 Feb 21
Lisa Zimblis
Lisa Zimblis
12:49 09 Jan 21
Selena was brilliant. I was scared and stubborn. She helped me through a difficult divorce, always responsive and a great listener. I’m so glad I got to meet someone like Selena. She is very good at reading people, that is a great skill. I trusted her and it was very difficult for me to trust anyone. Thanks Selena.
Peggy Sandoval
Peggy Sandoval
01:49 14 Nov 20
Meggin Rutherford reviewed all of my Advance Directives, offered advice and forms for necessary changes. She is knowledgeable, conscientious and straight forward. Meggin, while being friendly, acted in a highly professional manner. She was expedient in returning phone calls and emails.
Elaine Zerger
Elaine Zerger
22:34 13 Nov 20
Meggin is fantastic! She genuinely cares about her clients and consistently goes above and beyond to help not to mention is a pitbull in the courtroom! I would recommend her to anyone!
Brenna Clough
Brenna Clough
20:55 10 Nov 20
The Rutherford Team went above and beyond helping me with my legal situation, all while adapting to the challenges of COVID. Meggin made me feel understood and confident in my case. Her team was responsive to my many questions throughout the process, and resolved my case much faster than I anticipated. I highly recommend Rutherford Law to anyone in the Denver area!
Claire Eckstrom
Claire Eckstrom
22:21 14 Oct 20
We just had Meggin prepare estate plans for us and had a great experience. Meggin and her team are very professional, honest and don't try to sell you things you don't need. They respond promptly and we were able to do most of the work electronically so it was easy. We highly recommend the Rutherford team.
Cecelia Collins
Cecelia Collins
16:10 01 Jul 20
They were wonderful at adapting to COVID19 and taking care of our needs virtually.
Mandy
Mandy
02:51 01 Jun 20
I highly recommend Emily and the Rutherford Law Center and can't say enough good things about them. Emily is professional, knowledgeable, efficient, compassionate and an all around amazing lawyer. She has helped me so much through very difficult situations and I am so grateful to have found her!
Rachel Miera
Rachel Miera
19:25 20 May 20
I am very happy with Emily Bright-Hays and the way she handled everything. She is very on top of things and has excellent communication skills. Very professional and easy to talk to. Kept me up to date on everything. And I felt she was very fair in her billing
Nancy Lucht
Nancy Lucht
21:08 27 Apr 20
My partner (Kathy) and I highly recommend this law firm for help in preparing wills, trusts, advance directives, medical powers of attorney, etc etc., especially for the LGBTQ community. Meggin Rutherford and her staff are all wonderful! Professional, competent, and personable...and at a very reasonable cost. Can’t ask for better!
Teresa Timmons
Teresa Timmons
00:01 26 Mar 20
I highly recommend The Rutherford Law Center, Meggin was very professional. Billing was straight forward. She did her research and developed a plan to help me get through a difficult divorce. Don't waste your money on big firms who only care about how many hours they can bill you. Call Rutherford Law and get a lawyer who will treat you right.
Paul Cardarelli
Paul Cardarelli
19:43 24 Mar 20
Very helpful and honest! I really appreciate the advice and help getting through a difficult time.
Jeff Bredehoeft
Jeff Bredehoeft
18:54 11 Feb 20
My honestly recommendations to everyone who need dedicated and extremely professional help!Our story is long and complicated,enough to say: Estate left with no Will,in Colorado,nobody knows aboutthis because all living relatives do live in Poland,UK,Spain.There are some "companys" who's ofer sorting out everything for you as long as you ready pay 40% ......Just enough if you sign "Assignment Agreement " and voilà......That's what has been offered to my family members.One of them is my beloved wife,Barbara.When she received all documents from that company ,and we have close look ,we decide to ask forprofessional opinion,and this is the moment when I was lucky to find The Rutherford Law Center.Meggin is the most dedicated lawyer I know in my life, first one which I've meet in the USA ( by the phoneoff course- we are living in UK now).She not only explain me what's are the implications of our case, butalso She send an email to other lawyers involved in this story ( incl that "company")Now we know what to do, and thanks to Meggin , most of our relatives have chance to received whatthey should without loosing 40%.......If you looking for Law Office- look no more- I can assure you that you can relay on Meggin .Big thank you!Kris
Krzysztof Tryc
Krzysztof Tryc
17:53 06 Feb 20
I would give 10 stars if I could. My family not only had an unexpected death of a loved one without a Will, but also had their adult children surface after 40 of being estranged to collect. After being left with nothing but all the difficult decisions we had to make, Meggin and her team aided us at each step along the way with empathy and true heartfelt care. I am forever grateful we chose Rutherford Law.
Laura Somogye
Laura Somogye
04:08 21 Dec 19
Emily worked with me for several months on a relocation case and through all the pain and stress of it, she talked me through every single thing and was very honest the entire time. I could not of asked for a more knowledgeable and caring attorney for my case. Thank you so very much!!!
ashley mutschler
ashley mutschler
22:02 12 Dec 19
We cant say enough good things about the Rutherford Law Center, LLC. Emily, Meggin and Debby went above and beyond helping us with our case. They are down to earth people who know the law. They made us feel comfortable and confident in our unique case. We highly recommend this firm for family matters in Arvada Colorado. Do yourself a favor and call Rutherford for all your family law needs.
Mike Stonebraker
Mike Stonebraker
17:21 09 Dec 19
Meggin was great to work with. She turned a very stressful task into something extremely manageable and we walked away with an agreement that worked with both of us. Meggin served as a strong neutral party that helped us to navigate difficult decisions, and I appreciated her assistance so much!
Sheryl Allen
Sheryl Allen
14:05 08 Dec 19
Going through divorce is a hard emotional rollercoaster that no-one is as prepared for as they think. Megan and Rutherford Law worked with my wife and I as well as my mortgage Lender to make the process as painless as possible. I will recommend their services all day, everyday. Thank you so much Meggin and Debbie.
Colbie Allen
Colbie Allen
03:16 26 Nov 19
Meggin and Emily gave us some great advice about a complicated situation. I felt confident in thier abilities to provide the law services we need. I look forward to working with them in the future!
Jen Welte
Jen Welte
18:51 29 Sep 19
Meghan is amazing and is worth every penny!this will be the third time of me using her.
Carol Keske
Carol Keske
16:45 20 Aug 19
Excellent lawfirm
William Awalt
William Awalt
04:19 29 Jul 19
Thank you Rutherford Law Center! We used your services to secure a Permanent Protection Order for a family member after applying for and receiving a Temporary Protection Order. That meant that we had only two weeks to prepare, file the appropriate paperwork, and talk with witnesses as well as manage the anxiety and fear that had caused us to file for protection in the first place. It was such a relief to be in your capable hands throughout this experience. You helped us to understand the process, expectations for being in front of the judge, and how to explain our case both succinctly and clearly. You stood beside us with empathy, kindness and rock-solid competence. In the end, our family member was granted the Protection Order and can now move forward without worry. Thank you again, we highly recommend your services!
Leslie Dahn
Leslie Dahn
02:04 01 Apr 19
Meggin is a confident, knowledgeable, and highly conscientious attorney. She is extremely empathetic, left no detail unattended to, and was incredibly responsive. She also did whatever she possibly could to make the entire process as painless as possible. I would highly recommend her.
Rainbow Milo
Rainbow Milo
17:17 16 Jan 19
Meggin and Emily were both knowledgeable and compassionate during my difficult divorce. They responded quickly to my questions, kept me informed during the entire process and did their best to keep my expenses at a minimum for the the nine months of the ordeal. Their kindness is much appreciated and their expertise made it so that my priorities in the divorce were achieved to the best extent possible. They are good people and good lawyers.
Terry Graves
Terry Graves
21:50 25 Sep 18
Meggin made this horrible process so easy for us. Fast and efficient on all matters.
Michelle Tafoya
Michelle Tafoya
15:11 23 Jul 18
Meggin is absolutely FANTASTIC! I have been in and out of court with my son's father for over 4 years. Cleary we have tried every class, mediation and other options. I interviewed over 20 attorneys for representation and Meggin was literally the only one I felt actually cared about my son. I choose to retain her and we won EVERYTHING I asked for. A full sweep in the court room and she tore apart every lie and position he tried to take. She was able to show the judge his true colors and make sure I was able to give my son the life he deserves. I am eternally grateful her help! She was efficient, effective with her time and my money. She truly cared about my son and his future. She was worth every penny and even more affordable than a lot of the other attorney's I meet with. SHE IS AN AMAZING LAWYER!!!!! I have referred several people over to her already and each one was as happy with her service!
Tia Rayne
Tia Rayne
19:18 22 Jun 18
Meggin is so passionate about helping her clients--and she knows how to offer real help--especially in the field of cooperative divorce settlement. Highly recommended!
George Naas
George Naas
21:22 19 Jun 18
Meggin is the best attorney I've come in contact with. She is smart, caring and is a fighter. I truly believe she cares about the good of others. The legal system is far from fair and has no compassion for people making mistakes. Not Meggin. She knows first hand about how hard it can be to fight the legal system and is a true fighter for her clients. I'd recommend her to anyone who she can help.Parker A
Tiger Moto
Tiger Moto
22:13 16 Jun 18
Words cannot describe everything that Meggin has done me. It is because of her that I get to see my children everyday. Highly recommended!
Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson
03:34 15 Jun 18
My first time going through my custody battle for my son was an awful experience. When I had to go back I found Meggin Rutherford. She was absolutely amazing. I have not met a lawyer who was as honest and upfront as she was. She was always very responsive when ever I had questions or concerns. She talked me through everything and made sure I understood what was happening and that I was ok with it. She never pushed me to go into a direction I was not comfortable with. She was absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend her to everyone I know.
Brianna Vallejo
Brianna Vallejo
21:20 14 Jun 18
Both my son and I admire Meggin to the moon and back. I would gladly give her name for other potential clients. We met Meggin in and around 2012 to help us in getting custody for my granddaughter from a mother who knew the law and had been in prison twice. She also had a judge on her side. Meggin worked her fanny off to fight and yes it seemed like the courts would never end but they did and we finally WON in 2014! Through our trial my son eventually had to sit back and let Meggin take control. When you help the attorney they are more likely to give you the best job, but if you constantly interrupt them and tell them they are not doing a good job than one only makes them selves out to be naive and should probably research all they can on their type of case. Than you know what is expected. All I can say is listen to your attorney they just might have the answer you are looking for. Blessings to a great law firm!
Sharall Kinnison
Sharall Kinnison
02:46 14 Jun 18
We contracted with Meggin Rutherford in the middle of a contentious divorce. It took very little time for Meggin to get up to speed on all of the issues and she was able to help us with numerous problems that were caused by the previous attorney. She was always able to answer our questions and spend as much time with us as was needed and counsel us on various issues. She always had a firm grasp on all of the issues. She is a strong advocate for her clients. Thank you Meggin.Emily Bright Hayes, the second attorney in the Rutherford Law Center is also a great advocate to have in your corner. She was able and willing to give us her opinions and counsel. She was of great assistance to us.
G & T Casorla
G & T Casorla
01:30 14 Jun 18
I had a great experience. Both attorneys are so helpful. They got back to me quickly, and helped me with all the changes my family is going through. Helped to make a tough time easier.
Adrianne Haugen
Adrianne Haugen
23:55 13 Jun 18
Meggin,I will refer you to anyone! I thought you were excellent to work with. You made a bad time in my life more bearable. You were warm and caring but like a bear when it came to creditors coming after me.Sincerely,Kathy
Kathy Hodges-Hillman
Kathy Hodges-Hillman
14:07 12 Oct 12
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