Will Ellison

Will Ellison

Colorado attorney devoted to Divorce, Family Law, and Marital Agreements.
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Colorado
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Biography

Will Ellison is a Longmont attorney specializing in divorce and family law. In his career, Will has had the opportunity to represent clients in complex divorce and child custody disputes, probate cases, real estate lawsuits, construction lawsuits, and business lawsuits in courts in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. Since 2018, Will has focused primarily on family law in Northern Colorado.

With experience counseling clients facing complicated situations, he can remove the legal jargon that complicates understanding.

He focuses on the practical outcome of your case and is sensitive to maximizing your financial resources.

Will listens to what your goals are in your case and will not steer you to pursue a legal remedy just because you can. There are usually many options on how you can proceed in a case and Will helps you assess whether you should based on the likely result for your family and your finances.

Will maintains proficiency in his practice areas through continued study and active involvement in the local legal community. Will is a Past President and currently serves on the board of the Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee.

Education
The University of Georgia School of Law
J.D. (2014)
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Honors: Cum laude
Activities: Mediation Practicum Criminal Defense Clinic
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Mercer University
MBA (2010)
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Ellison Law
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Associate Attorney
Flanders, Elsberg, Herber, & Dunn
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Associate Attorney
LawyersWest
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Rising Mortgage Interest Rates and Divorce in 2023
Ellison Law Blog
Colorado Divorce Basics: Divorce vs. Legal Separation
Ellison Law Blog
Colorado Divorce Basics: Who decides my case?
Ellison Law Blog
Colorado Divorce Basics: What is divorce?
Ellison Law Blog
Who get to keep the house in a divorce?
Ellison Law Blog
Awards
Excellent Achievement in the Study of Legal Research & Writing
CALI Excellence for the Future Award
Professional Associations
State Bar of Colorado
Member
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Boulder County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Colorado Bar Association
Member
Current
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Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee
President 2021-2022 and Board Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
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Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    In most cases we require a retainer of $3,500-$5,000. The retainer is a refundable deposit that is billed against monthly at our hourly attorney rate. At the end of each month, I review the amount remaining in retainer and the expected work in the coming month to decide whether any additional amount should be added to the retainer. Divorce cases involving a moderate of disagreement average between $5,000-$7,000 in attorney fees and court expense.
Practice Areas
Divorce
Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Child Custody, Child Support, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Same Sex Family Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Does a qdro need to be done before a judge signs a divorce decree in Colorado?
A: No, a QDRO does not need to be drafted and filed before the Decree is signed by the Judge.

It is possible you could file it with the other settlement documents, but it is not typical in most cases. The language included in QDROs often includes reference to the date the decree issued, so it usually can only be drafted after that date is know.

In most cases with attorneys, the QDRO is not prepared until after all settlement documents are filed and approved by the Judge and the Decree issued. Depending on the settlement terms, the language in many QDROs describing the calculation telling the Plan how to divide the account often includes the date of the decree. So in that situation you can't file the QDRO until you know the date of decree to write into it.

The QDRO is then prepared (either by the attorneys or a QDRO drafting expert), signed by the parties, and filed with Court for the Judge to sign.

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) are a confusing area of law. It's so confusing that many attorneys have the task completed by a QDRO drafting expert, rather than drafting it themselves. There can be important timelines to meet with some retirement assets.

This is just general information on QDROs and the court process. I am not your lawyer and I suggest that you consult with an attorney to review any documents settling your case.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Ellison Law
Contact & Map
Ellison Law
353 Main St.
Longmont, CO 80501
Telephone: (720) 340-1162
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Meetings by appointment only. Call or email to schedule an appointment.