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Denver Replevin Lawyer

Replevin Attorney in Denver

One of the many ways our firm assists banks, equipment lessors, auto finance companies, and other financial institutions in asset recovery, repossession, and collateral recovery efforts is through a complaint for replevin. Replevin is an efficient way to legally repossess collateral from the stubborn debtor when self-help has failed.

Procedurally, a verified complaint is filed, together with a motion for issuance of a show cause order. The hearing schedule is expedited. We obtain further orders to insure that the collateral is maintained and safeguarded during the procedure and timely returned, or made available, to the lender after hearing. Our years of experience have taught us the various extra steps needed to recover collateral efficiently.

Several years ago, our attorneys recognized a procedural flaw in the replevin rule. We drafted language correcting the problem and submitted the change to the Colorado Civil Rules Committee. This committee approved our change and forwarded the new version to the Colorado Supreme Court. The new rule took effect on January 1, 2004. The new rule will save creditors significant time and money in recovering personal property.

What is Replevin?

Replevin is a legal process that allows the plaintiff to reclaim the defendant’s stolen property without legal justification. The ability to reclaim property is one of the most critical Colorado Creditor Law practice areas.

One common cause for a replevin action is creditors suing to reclaim collateral for an unpaid debt. For example, a mortgage lender might sue to take possession of a house after the homeowner has defaulted on the mortgage.

Creditors must make a legal case that they are justified in taking possession of the collateral. This is particularly true if the borrower has declared bankruptcy and insolvency, which could discharge them from repaying the debt.

Creditor rights lawyers represent creditors trying to reclaim money or property that other people owe them.

The Replevin Process

Replevin may seem like an obscure concept, but it is among the core Colorado Creditor Law practice areas. What could be more central to law than reclaiming something that another person took? During a replevin action, the plaintiff states in writing the core elements of their claim:

  • What property they are trying to reclaim
  • Why the defendant has the property
  • Why the defendant is not entitled to the property

The plaintiff will notify the defendant of their action against them using a process server. During a subsequent hearing, a judge will evaluate the strength of the plaintiff’s case and rule whether the plaintiff has the right to reclaim the property.

Recent Changes to Replevin Law

Douglas D. Koktavy, Esq. recently argued for and won a change in Colorado law regarding the timing of the replevin process. Plaintiffs now have more time to notify defendants and schedule a hearing.

Previously, creditors had only a few days to serve defendants with notice, which would be unreasonable in cases when the defendant was hard to locate.

What Replevin Means for You

If someone has the property that belongs to you, you might not be legally able to take possession of the property without undertaking a replevin action. Colorado law requires you to fill out the appropriate forms, serve the other party with notice, and make your case before the judge. You must have evidence of your legal claim on the property under contention. Creditor rights attorneys act on behalf of clients to help clients meet their legal burden in collecting debts.

How Douglas D. Koktavy, P.C. Can Help

Douglas D. Koktavy, Esq. is a Denver bankruptcy lawyer with decades of experience with real estate law in Denver, Colorado. He has advocated for Colorado creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and earned 5-star reviews from satisfied clients.

Replevin is an unfamiliar word, but it is one of the most crucial Colorado Creditor Law practice areas.

If you choose Douglas D. Koktavy, Esq. to represent you in a Denver bankruptcy case, he will put his experience with banking and finance law on your behalf to present a strong case before the judge.

For a consultation with Douglas D. Koktavy, Esq. call 303-758-6601.

Review Doug’s press release below:

Denver Lawyer Changes Legal Rule to Save Banks Thousands

DENVER, March 2, 2004-A one-sentence amendment to Colorado’s Rules of Civil Procedure, approved by the Colorado Supreme Court effective Jan.1st, will save the state’s banks, courts and taxpayers many hours and thousands of dollars this year.

The amendment was the idea of Denver Lawyer Doug Koktavy, whose clients include banks seeking to recover personal property that is in foreclosure, known in “legalese” as a “replevin”.

For years, Koktavy and his clients were frustrated by the amount of time and money wasted on scheduling and rescheduling court hearings for replevin. The old rule required a judge review the replevin documents and schedule a hearing date within 10 days following the review.

The bank was then required to serve the defendant with the hearing order at least five business days before the hearing date. When weekend and holidays were factored in, the bank had the unrealistic task of personally serving the defendant within a day or two.

The result: foreclosure hearings often needed to be rescheduled a half dozen or more times before a case could be heard. Every time a hearing was rescheduled, the lawyer returned to Court and the judge would re-review the documents and re-enter an order.

Lawyers, meanwhile, were racking up billable hours and court staff was continually rescheduling hearings at taxpayer expense.

To solve the problem, Koktavy suggested a simple wording change to the Colorado Civil Rules Committee.

The committee’s approval streamlined the process by simply allowing the plaintiff to waive the 10 day limit. Banks could then anticipate service problems and set a hearing out 20 days or more, providing a reasonable chance to serve the defendant.

According to Don Childears, president of the Colorado Bankers Association, Koktavy’s rule change is significant for the banking industry. “This is a very positive change that allows banks to schedule predictable court hearings for collateral recovery and the lawyers only have to charge for it once,” Childears says. “Collectively, banks in Colorado will save a significant amount of money.”

The courts and taxpayers also benefit from updating the replevin process, according to former Denver District Court Judge Leslie Lawson. “Doug Koktavy’s idea to revise the replevin rule is an important practical improvement that saves the time and resources of an already overburdened court system,” says Lawson.

Koktavy understands, however, some lawyers will grumble about billing fewer hours for scheduling hearings. “I live on billable hours just like other lawyers,” says Koktavy. “But getting this change made in the system was the right thing to do. I’ve been able to save my clients time and money and they appreciate that.”

Ted Ethell, consumer loan officer at Citywide Banks, has followed the progress of the rule change and anxiously awaited its approval. Citywide Banks has used Koktavy’s law firm for replevin hearings for several years and says his bank has already seen the benefit of the rule change.

“This is an example of a small change in a bureaucratic legal rule that allows us to make the best of a bad situation,” Ethell says. “Banks lose a lot of money when a loan is in default. Now we resolve replevins much faster and do not incur needless legal fees because of unrealistic scheduling of hearings. We expect to save thousands of dollars this year because of Doug’s rule change.”

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