FAQs

How Do I Pay You

All major credit cards are accepted, as well as cash and check, of course.  All personal checks must be cleared before payment will be credited to the client’s account.  We currently utilize online payments via Square, and are working on allowing phone and online payment processing in the near future. Check back soon! Until then, just let me know, and we’ll email you an invoice to pay online anytime!

Can I Get Copies of My File?

Generally speaking, NGLaw maintains copies of files for ten (10) years after the conclusion of the case.  Some cases in specific areas of law require longer retention.  Our firm has a file retention and destruction policy which will be provided to you when you retain us.  In most cases, if you need a copy of your file, you may request an electronic copy at any time.  You will then be able to download whatever documents are needed, but access to your file may be for only a limited time to ensure the security of our computing and software systems. Hard copies of files are not provided at this time, due to cost prohibitiveness (and TREES).

Can I Have Someone Else Pay?

Generally, yes, we will take their money and use it just as if it were your own…  But, in order to accept third-party payment on a case, we require the payer and the client to sign a form acknowledging they don’t get to direct the case, only the client does, and confidentiality applies to the client, not to the payer.  Most people don’t have a problem with this. But if this is an issue, we can discuss how to address it and the reasons behind it.

How Do I Get In Touch Once I Hire You?

NGLaw is a virtual law firm operating in a paperless manner. You can always use snail mail, but aside from limited pleadings that are required to be sent to you via USPS, most of our correspondence will be over the phone, via email, via text, or in person.  Regular office hours are not maintained. We may be in court or working from one of our four offices.  Meetings must be scheduled in advance due to our busy calendar. NGLaw is unavailable on weekends, holidays, and after-hours, generally speaking.  Emergencies for existing clients are dealt with as soon as practicable.  Please do not leave multiple messages to avoid duplication of work. We generally try to update all our clients every month (if not more often) even if the update is, “there is no update.”  When you sign a contract for representation with NGLaw, we will provide you with all of our firm’s policies regarding communication so we’re always on the same page!

Can We Use Skype or Video Conference About My Case?

We now offer Zoom conferencing, with screen share capabilities, so we can meet virtually anywhere you’d like. You just need access to a computer, tablet, or a smartphone. If Zoom is of interest to you, reach out to us anytime to set a conference up at NicolLawOfficesScheduling.as.me/ and select a Zoom type appointment.

Where Do You Meet With Clients?

We have a number of different venues available to meet with clients and we take cases throughout Northeastern Colorado.  Please see the map on our contact us page to confirm we cover your geographic area.  If you are hoping to get help with sealing a case, we do offer that assistance state-wide, as in-person court hearings are very limited in such proceedings.

Do You Do Family Law? And Can You Draft a Will for Me? Will You Review a Real Estate Sales Contract?

There are a number of different types of lawyers.  Some, who think they can be an expert in everything at all times, may advertise themselves as “general practice” attorneys. This. Is. Not. Us.  We do not handle divorces. We know very little about family law and would only do you a disservice.  We also do not practice Trusts and Estates, and so cannot help you with a Power of Attorney, Will, or Estate Plan.  Although we have a licensed Real Estate Broker, we no longer accept Real Estate cases due to the limited amount of availability that we have to devote to such cases.  We have found that most Real Estate clients would be better off with an attorney specializing in that area of law, or consulting a broker. 

If you are contacting us for help with one of these kinds of things, I likely cannot help you.  Check the Practice Areas page to be sure.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t reach out! We went to law school in Colorado and have an extensive network of professional contacts. We may be able to refer you to someone who can help.

What Kinds of Cases Do You Take?

We are criminal defense attornies, which is a very broad term. Here are some of the case types that we routinely handle:

  • Felony defense
  • Sex crimes
  • Misdemeanor cases
  • Juvenile Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI/ DUI Per Se) cases
  • Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) cases
  • Biking Under the Influence (BUI) cases
  • Minors in Possession (MIP) cases
  • Drugs & Paraphernalia cases 
  • Probation Violations
  • Sealing and Expungement
  • Animal cases
  • Weapons cases
  • Assault cases
  • Harassment cases
  • Noise and Municipal Violations
  • Title IX and University Administrative Discipline cases
  • Marijuana Law
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Arson
  • Civil Protection Orders
  • Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) cases

For more info about the types of cases we can help you with, just give us a call at (970) 670-0738. Or, check out our Practice Areas page.