Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Colorado Small Claims Questions & Answers
1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: I live in Colorado & did business with a nursery in Tennessee on-line. All plants were DOA. No refund or credit

I started complaining via email in April. They wanted pictures and even suggested I send the dead plants back at my expense. They said they don't issue refunds, even though they say all plants are guaranteed. They will only issue a credit. I have been waiting for a credit for over 3 weeks.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 20, 2021

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a general matter nationwide, usual options could include inhouse customer service, forums identified in the agreement for disputes (e.g., arbitration under AAA rules), or small claims/civil court. A Colorado... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Social Security for Colorado on
Q: I am 18 and my mom is threatening to throw away everything that I left behind, and won't give me my SSN card. Can she?

I moved out 5 months ago, 24 hours after I turned 18. I wasn't able to take much due to having to secretly leave.

She is stating that she throw away, sell, or is just not give me my things. What was would be the best thing to do

I also am wondering what to do as she is saying... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on May 14, 2021

Call the police. Tell them you want to peacefully enter the home and collect your belongings. They can meet you at the house at a specific time. It should probably be a time when someone is at home. While moving your stuff out, tell the police that your mom has your SS card and that you want it.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: If a vendor/contractor damaged my property, can I claim against the person who hired the vendor?

I'm a commercial tenant in a mall struggling to open a small business in the midst of this pandemic. A neighboring shop owner in the mall hired or asked a vendor/contractor to remove some equipment from her shop and he took a piece of my equipment valued at $1,300. When he returned it, it was... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Apr 25, 2021

You should file that small claims action to force this to a conclusion more quickly.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Are there laws to protect people who get attacked/chased by “service animals” who are not on leashes and aggressive?

The dogs are aggressive and chase me and my dog who is on a leash beside me. I’m afraid to leave my apt. What do I do?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Apr 15, 2021

Yes. Service animals are required to be under the owner’s control at all times. So the dog cannot chase and attack you and be exempt from the law. Such behavior could fall under Colorado’s dangerous dog statute. If you are being chased or attacked by any dog, regardless of designation, you can... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: My nieghbor filed a District civil summons on me to cut my tree down that's in my yard. What can I do about it?

She wants the tree cut because she is scared to sleep in her bedroom because she says my tree will fall on her bedroom. She has aggervated health issues from this tree, and she cant enjoy her yard because of this tree and she has increased anxiety and stress over this tree.

My tree is not... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Dec 22, 2020

Your neighbor is a nightmare and she is now suing you! You definitely need to engage an attorney to defend you and your property in the lawsuit and potentially assert counterclaims against her.

Contact an attorney who has litigation experience. Most will offer a free initial...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Hi! This is a dental billing issue. I am thinking to go to small claims court re it, but not sure it's worth it

I have received a quote from a dental company for implant, abutment and crown for 4 535$. This is with the consideration that my dental insurance will cover 50% of the first and second part of all work and my out of pocket will be 2212$. I thought that this quote means this info is checked with my... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 29, 2020

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. In terms of reimbursement efforts, they could depend on whether that how the clause was worded and the dental company's agreement. One option could be to consult with a Colorado attorney who handles... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: A friend of mine was driving my car and hit a parked car and the accident cause my premium to increase

What are my options as far as getting reimbursed and what about my increase rate in the future

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 17, 2020

A Colorado attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a general matter in most places, if you have comprehensive coverage, that could cover damage to your car. But even with that, there is usually a deductible that has to be paid out of pocket first. Being that your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Can my wedding vendor steal my money and not provide the service?

I am getting married Oct 24th, and we asked a growing photographer who was a friend to take pics. No contract was signed, but I paid him. He is now moving out of state and lost the 2nd photographer and said he can't refund the money... We asked him to just photograph alongside new... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Aug 14, 2020

That can be very frustrating.

This sounds like a breach of contract.

Just because there was no signed document does not mean there's no contract.

A contract is the agreement, not the paper.

It sounds like there was a verbal agreement to provide services in...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Can a dog rescue take their non-aggressive, healthy dog away from a foster family to euthanize him?

Colorado: We have been fostering a dog for eight weeks. He's never been aggressive in any way, but he does have separation anxiety and he fears loud noises and strangers. He has caused quite a lot of damage to our home, but he is getting a little bit better and more confident every day.... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 13, 2020

The rescue legally owns the dog and they can demand him back from you. However, this is probably a liability concern for the rescue to adopt him out to others, although I am a little surprised they want to euthanize him. You could try to negotiate adopting him. It might be helpful to get a lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Medical Malpractice for Colorado on
Q: Does a dentist have to tell you your condition , risk, & the alternatives to prevent your condition from worsening?

Does a dentist have to warn you about bone loss in your jaw, & that it’s going to get worse once your remaining teeth are pulled before pulling your teeth. & if there’s a preventative option that will prevent the further bone loss does he have to tell you that ?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 17, 2020

A Colorado attorney should advise you on this, but your post remains open for four weeks. You raise the doctrine of informed consent. Yes, you should be warned about the risks associated with any procedure. You could contact a Colorado attorney to discuss your matter and learn about the doctrine in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: I was divorced in Iowa in 2017 and recently moved to Colorado with my 13 year old daughter. My Iowa attorney is not

Following through with the contempt charges on my ex for his multiple violations of the divorce decree. He has not been responding to my messages or those from opposing council, regarding papers served to me requesting a modification in custody. I tried to meet with him while I was in Iowa last... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Jan 6, 2020

Assuming your case is still in Iowa, you should get an attorney there. A new attorney is going to have to spend some time reviewing the prior filings. However, it may not be necessary to read every one. It depends on whether the old filings have anything to do with the current issues. However, some... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Can you sue an undocumented immigrant in small claims court?
Nelson Patrick Boyle
Nelson Patrick Boyle answered on Oct 4, 2019

Ostensibly, yes. Just like any case, the constitution and the court rules require that you have to serve the person with the lawsuit. If you succeed, then you can proceed. Many small claims courts have "law clinics" for people representing themselves. There's some forms and resources... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Small Claims and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: My friend stored my wedding dress at her house. I have asked her for it back. She says she never had anything. Help!

This happened in Colorado, I now live in Kansas. I've asked to have a friend come by and pick up the dress. She says she never had anything. Can I sue her for the amount of the dress or the dress back?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 2, 2019

Such a case could be difficult without some form of proof. A judge/jury would look at your assertion and the other side's denial, and not have a means of deciding the matter without some evidence to support your position. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Libel & Slander for Colorado on
Q: What action to take when forcibly kicked out with no notice?

My landlord on a month to month single room rental that had no lease kicked me out of the house mid month with rent completely paid up to the end of month. He gave no notice at all and forced me to leave immediately without getting all of my belongings, he also forced me to give back my house key... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Jun 16, 2019

You may want to bring a claim for damages in Small Claims Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Can you try and win custody over a dog that is obviously not treated right?

It's a room mate's dog and he treats the dog terribly. Leaves the dog locked in a cage that is too small, hardly ever leaves suffifient food or water(you can see the ribs of the animal). And refuses to take the dog to a vet for very simple necessities. I have told him that he needs to... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Feb 25, 2019

You need to call animal control. This sounds like severe neglect. Even then, that does not necessarily mean the dog will be confiscated by animal control - although, if the dog's ribs are showing that is more likely to happen than not. If the dog is confiscated by animal control, after a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: My ex property management screwed me over and come to find out I’m in debt and robbed me. Nobody can seem to help me.

I had a contract with my ex property management which stated the tenants who live at my home were supposed to be responsible for damages they caused to my home and the tenants were supposed to switch the metropolitan water, sewer and trash to their name and they never did. She robbed me and nobody... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Feb 15, 2019

You should initiate a breach of contract suit in Small Claims Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I be reimbursed for a Warranty Deed if the seller defaults?

Apparently the seller was a third party, and I have been paying her monthly installments for a parcel of land in Colorado. Come to find out, she has not been paying. Was recently notified by the actual owner of the land that she defaulted. Can I file against the seller that I signed a contract... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Jan 31, 2019

You may have a fraud or a breach of contact case. You should contact an attorney to discuss the details more specifically.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Truck pulling from stop sign throws up a rock and chips the window of car behind. is first car liable for $$?

I say they were too close to the truck that threw the rock up, when accelerating from a stop sign. The road is a rough highway with gravel everywhere along the sides of the road. Thank you!

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 23, 2019

I'm with the car owner, but they have to show you were careless in how you pulled away or didn't have mudflaps etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: Property recovery from an ex his name is on my rental property and will not take it off

I tried to pay him off but he did not accept the offer, I have a written agreement between us that states any and all property investments and items go back into the original owners hands and anything bought after the original date we set would go back to the person who invested the most money into... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Oct 2, 2018

At this point, you need to involve the court to enforce your agreement. You should retain an attorney to help you with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: If I sell my granddaughter My vehicle on payments. And the title remains in my name.

If she causes a serious accident. Can I be sued ?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 4, 2018

possibly. You'd want insurance because if she lets it drop, has a wreck, as the owner of an uninsured vehicle you can be on the hook for all the damages she causes.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.