While there is no substitute for having an attorney represent you in your case, there is a lot of helpful information on the Internet for those who wish to be better informed. Below are some links to Colorado statutes, websites, and non-profit organizations that may be helpful:
Court Forms, Instructions and General Information:
To download instructions for various cases, standardized forms that need to be filed with the court in such cases, and for general court information, visit the Colorado Judicial Branch website:
Downloading legal forms from the internet, whether for a will, a contract, or other legal purpose, is an easy way to get yourself into trouble. There is no substitute for the assistance of a competent attorney when drafting legal documents. The Univeristy of Denver Sturm College of Law offers the Colorado Law Project to provide reliable legal access to Coloradans including access to forms. There are numerous websites with legal forms available to you. Beware when selecting and using legal forms that you find online. In general, the most reliable sources for legal forms are those that are located on official local, state, or federal government websites.
Most court cases will involve a variety of applicable statutes. While reading statutes can be tricky, it is also important to keep in mind there are countless cases that interpret such statutes ("case law"), and an attorney can be particularly helpful in finding and interpreting case law. Nevertheless, it does not hurt to read the statutes when preparing for your case. The Colorado Revised Statutes can be accessed for free here:
Colorado Legal Services and its closely related organization Metro Volunteer Lawyers offer a wide range of services in various areas of law available only to those with low income. Applications for both organizations are processed through Colorado Legal Services and so there is no need to apply to two organizations - Colorado Legal Services will place your case accordingly. Information on the two organizations can be found below. Note that they do not offer assistance with immigration cases. If you are low income and have an immigration issue, contact Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should be aware of the resources out there to help you. One such resource is an organization called Project Safeguard, whose mission is solely to assist victims of domestic violence in navigating the courts, filing certain cases and offering various other forms of assistance. Information is also provided below regarding Colorado's Address Confidentiality Program. This program provides survivors of domestic violence, sexual offenses, and/or stalking with two services: a legal substitute address for interacting with all state and local government agencies and a confidential mail forwarding service.
Many people are unaware that if they are a victim in a criminal case, in addition to the protections offered by the prosecutor's office through their victim advocates, there are other services out there. In fact, some criminal defense attorneys offer direct representation of victims in the associated criminal case. Below is a link to the various victims' rights laws in Colorado, and also a link to a non-profit organization that offers assistance to victims of crimes.
If you need to research the documents of a corporation, limited liability corporation, or other busines entity, you can do so at the Colorado Secretary of State website for free. This is also where you can file documents to become a business entity, become a notary, and to obtain other information including free helpful resources for starting your own business.