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Meggin Elaine Rutherford

Divorce and separation Attorney at Arvada, CO

5.0   30 reviews

About Meggin

Learn Meggin’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Do you want to get a fair divorce that doesn't destroy your family, but still protects you? We create solutions together for you. We are focused on cost-effective and client centered divorce assistance.

    13 years

  2. Mediation
    20%
    Court is almost never the right option to solve a conflict. Often, a conflict can be resolved by having another person help each of you see the possibilities. I help the parties address their needs and concerns and to reach an agreement that will work for the long term.

    10 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    Let us help reduce your stress as you work through this difficult time in life. We can guide you through the process, or do everything on your behalf. You can have piece of mind knowing that everything has been done correctly.

    13 years

  4. Child custody
    10%
    Do you want to get parenting and child support orders, but don't want to destroy your children or relationship with their other parent? We create solutions together for you. We are focused on cost-effective and client centered solutions.

    13 years

  5. Family
    10%
    Going through family law litigation doesn't have to be the worst thing in your life. Let us help guide you to a resolution that works for your family. Whether you need divorce, modification, adoption, or child support advice, we focus on you.

    13 years

  6. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Every family needs a will, especially those who are young with children. I will demystify the process for you. You will receive a will, a living will, a digital estate planning packet, a medical power of attorney, a financial power of attorney, and a medical directive.

    13 years

Your family is the most important thing to you, and you would do anything to protect them.  Our firm is focused on families who want to get through hard situations and come out strong on the other side.  

 

The Rutherford Law Center, LLC, focuses on doing what is right for the client, not what is convenient and easy for the attorney.  We listen to you, and help guide you to a solution that is in your budget, but that addresses your needs and concerns.  Don't go to a lawyer who is out to bill more hours instead of doing what is right for your family.  At the Rutherford Law Center, you will find responsive and compassionate representation for your needs.

 

You may be ending a relationship, but that is no reason to destroy your family and those you love.  Mediation is almost always the best solution for a family law matter.  Let me help you reach resolution with as little emotional and monetary cost as possible.  Collaborative law is also an option for those who wish to get a proactive, not distructive, divorce.  I can also help you find the best resolution for your family if that reqires litigation as well.

 

You may need a will to protect your family.  Let us walk through your options with you to make sure that you are protected.  You may have suffered a loss, and need guidance with your loved ones' final wishes.  We can guide you through the confusing paperwork and accounting to reach a final and legal completion.  

 

Regardless of your situation, Meggin Rutherford will help you reach the best solution.

Licensed for 13 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 10/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Meggin

The Rutherford Law Center, LLC
8795 Ralston Road #113C
Arvada, CO, 80002

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
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Posted by Nikki C | April 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
I used Meggin for a child support case. She is compassionate, honest and a great Attorney!
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT LAWYER
Im so happy with chosing Meggin as my choice for my high conflict custody battle. She is very understanding and replys promptly to all my emails. She has always had my childs best interest and her and her team were very precise and organized with everything.. Highly recommended.
Posted by L Dahn | March 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough, Empathetic, Competent
Thank you Meggin! We used your services to secure a Permanent Protection Order for a family member after applying for and receiving a Temporary Protection Order. That meant that we had only two weeks to prepare, file the appropriate paperwork, and talk with witnesses as well as manage the anxiety and fear that had caused us to file for protection in the first place. It was such a relief to be in your capable hands throughout this experience. You helped us to understand the process, expectations for being in front of the judge, and how to explain our case both succinctly and clearly. You stood beside us with empathy, kindness and rock-solid competence. In the end, our family member was granted the Protection Order and can now move forward without worry. Thank you again, we highly recommend Rutherford Law Center!
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Posted by TERRY | September 25, 2018
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Great Attorney
Meggin was both knowledgeable and compassionate during my difficult divorce. She responded quickly to my questions, kept me informed during the entire process and did her best to keep my expenses at a minimum for the the nine months of the ordeal. Her kindness is much appreciated and her expertise made it so that my priorities in the divorce were achieved to the best extent possible. She is a good person and a good lawyer.
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Posted by Linda | June 13, 2018
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Meggin Rutherford
The first time I had my estate papers written by another attorney, my anxiety level was off the charts. I put off updating my estate for 2 years to avoid that first attorney and the difficulty I anticipated. When I found Meggin Rutherford, my anxiety dissipated. She asked the right questions, patiently clarified terms I did not understand, and put the estate package together quickly and accurately. She understood every detail I wanted to include and actually made me feel ‘smart’ for thinking of them. I highly recommend this law firm for your estate needs. This was a breeze!!! Thank you.
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Posted by Grace | February 8, 2018
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Great Person & Attorney
I liked that attorney Meggin Rutherford is down to earth, friendly and easy to talk to. My case was not difficult or complicated, but I saw that she can turn it up in court and would fight for me as her client if needed. Excellent at explaining/communicating what’s happening and what to expect so that I was informed at every turn. Her fees/rates are reasonable; I even got some back on my retainer! That was a first for me, especially coming from an attorney, usually (at least in my experience) they’re asking for more. To me that spoke volumes as to the type of person she is: kind, caring, honest, ethical…person of high integrity. I know that I will work with her again in the future and highly recommend her. Grace
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Posted by Lisa | January 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Excellent Service
Meggin is excellent to work with, professional and caring. She helped me through a difficult divorce and was always gracious with all my questions and concerns during a difficult time. She is up front about her fees. I highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful Attorney
Meggin Rutherford was a great choice! Divorce is a difficult time for a family and a difficult process to navigate, Meggin Rutherford was great at helping ease tensions, fears, and general stress surrounding this issue. I would thoroughly recommend her services to anyone looking for divorce legal help.
Posted by Mckenzie | September 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Meggin was great to work with. She was able to see me quickly for a consultation and accommodated her schedule to attend my hearing on relatively short notice. She was incredibly knowledgable and provided excellent legal advice. In addition, Meggin was kind, supportive and encouraging during a difficult time. Meggin was referred to me by my brother who she has helped tremendously with his custody case. I highly recommend Meggin!
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Posted by Parker | August 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want a good, honest attorney that can help you, Meggin is your person!
I hired Meggin in the end of May, 2017. First it was for a protection order, then it was for a harassment charge that same month concerning the same person. She took care of the protection order and had it not become permanent which I was extremely thankful for. She was very honest and gave me the whole picture of what the possible outcomes could be, and went on to talk about how it could effect my future. After the protection order, she guided me through the harassment charge and did more then I had expected. She would ask me at random how I was doing and would listen to me, and offer help and or suggestions. Whenever I emailed her she replied right away and did an amazing job at it. She was always on top of things and sent me every bit of info she had coming to her from the DA. She always had a plan, and it made me feel very comfortable with her. Meggin is truly a good, kind, caring person, and believes in defending people who are in a "pickle" with the law. She won't just take any person to defend, she will take people who she believes are good humans, and happened to get in some trouble, and need an experts help. She gave me more then I could have asked for in my case, which in the end, she got deferred for me. I am thankful to have found Meggin in my time of need, and thankful for the way she treated me and my case. She took everything very serious and never sugar coated things, which I liked very much about her, she was always very upfront and honest with me, and let me know what could happen in the best or worst circumstances. I would recommend Meggin to anyone again and again and again! She was an AWESOME person/attorney to have on my side and I can not thank her enough for the hard work and persistence she put into my case. She is like no other attorney I've heard of or met. She really just wants to help people in legally defining moments in their lives. She is not out to make a quick buck, she is there to help people in the unjust justice system, and did just that for myself. My family and I can't thank her enough for her help! THANK YOU MEGGIN!!!!!!
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Posted by Jill | August 11, 2017
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Caring and down to earth attorney
I was looking for an attorney to represent me in my divorce that was honest, caring and down to earth with a high standard of ethics. That was Meggin. I hired her right after I met her. She was with me every step of the way explaining everything I needed to know so I could make the best choices for me. Her replies were very timely and she was easy to contact. I would highly recommend her. If you talk to her, you will hire her!
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Posted by Thomas B | May 11, 2017
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The most thorough, wise, and dependable lawyer you'll find!
Meggin has your back and looks out for the best interests of her clients and their children. I have been working with Meggin since last fall, and she is the most professional and trustworthy expert in her field. She's dependable, looks at everything from all angles, and knows all the elements you need for your case. She deserves 7+ stars rather than 5. Thank you Meggin!
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Posted by Jessica | February 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best!
I've worked with Meggin in court and through mediation. She is good at defusing conflict and knowledgeable about complex areas of the law. Never misses details or deadlines. Best of the Best!
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer - Highly Professional and Effective
As a client, I've had a very positive experience with Ms. Meggin Rutherford from the beginning. She carefully listened to my situation with empathy and kindness. When it came to take steps, Ms. Rutherford approached my case with knowledge and confidence - she provided all the legal (and emotional!) support I needed at that time. Meggin responded to all my inquiries in a timely manner and with the highest level of professionalism, and she gave me a clear guidance in the world legal terms and procedures. I have felt throughout my case that I am not alone in this, and I can always count on Ms. Rutherford for explaining the next steps, giving me advice, showing me different options and guiding me through the whole process. When I initially looked for a lawyer, I wanted to find a strong female who can identify with me as a woman, and whom I can trust to provide quality service. Meggin's professional attitude and kind, friendly nature definitely made me feel that she is not only meeting, but exceeding my expectations. I definitely recommend Ms. Rutherford and would not hesitate to hire her again.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2016
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Meggin Rutherford
I have been lucky enough to use Meggin as my lawyer for the last 3 years. She has been fantastic and explains everything that is going on, which is really helpful when you aren't savvy in that area. She is well spoken, very intelligent and a wonderful person to be around. I am very satisfied with her abilities and attention to detail.
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Posted by Tamara | November 1, 2016
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Got the job done and then some...
Mrs. Rutherford was personable, professional, supportive, and just what was needed in a terrible divorce situation I was facing. She is knowledgeable about all aspects of divorce, QDRO, and property division. She was able to represent me even though I was out of state. Email and phone communication was convenient and her rates were very reasonable for the amount of work she had to do. I would most definitely recommend her to any friends or coworkers who are in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Amanda | February 25, 2016
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Excellent
Meggin was wonderful to work with. Originally hired her for her option to just help with legal advice and ended up needing her to represent me for my divorce that became complicated to handle on my own. She in the end was able to get my lengthy divorce handled out of court which saved me time out of work and money. She is very responsible in price and is on top of everything. She came to me highly recommend and I would recommend her to anyone that I know needing her services.
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Posted by Gail | April 29, 2015
hGelp with probate
Meggin was very thorough and spoke in layman's terms in my first meeting with her. She was patient but kept me to the deadlines of settling the estate. She kept in touch with me and the heirs through email, phone, and post contacts in a timely but not intrusive manner. She made helpful suggestions and explained next steps for her and for the client at each phase. I recommend her strongly for anyone who is the personal representative for an estate.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2015
Former Client
Meggin was referred to me by a friend of mine who had nothing but good things to say about her and he was right. I felt very comfortable with Meggin and felt that she really had my back and kept me informed every step of the way. She is a great person first and for most and also a great lawyer. I feel blessed to have had her by my side through my divorce.
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Posted by David Anderson | January 13, 2015
David Anderson
Meggin played an integral part in my maintaining joint custody of my daughters. She put her heart and soul in my case and because of her commitment and expertise I now enjoy being the father I have always dreamed of being. I don't know how to say thank you enough Meggin. If I ever need legal advice I know where to go and can trust you. Thank you! David
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 195-250 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney and Mediator
  • The Rutherford Law Center
  • 2010 - Present
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • Jefferson County Mediation Services
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Legal Intern
  • First Judicial District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Volunteer Law Clerk
  • Second Judicial District Court
  • 2007 - 2010
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Education

  • University of Colorado Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Austin College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Elder Guardianship and Probate
  • I assisted the guardian until the father's passing, and now we are completing the probate.
  • Pro Se Mediation
  • We came to a full mediated agreement in three hours that they then filed with the court.
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • In the end, both parents have an ongoing relationship with their children, and their assets and debts were divided fairly. All without going to court.
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Associations

  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Director of Education
  • 2017 - Present
  • The Mediation Association of Colorado
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Colorado Collaborative Family Law Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association--Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Executive Vice President
  • 2018 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Rated By Clients
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Oralist--Carrigan Cup Mock Trial
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • 2009
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Austin College
  • 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Journal
  • Feminine or Feminist Jurisprudence: Sandra Day O'Connor
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Introduction to Collaborative Law
  • Organizer and Facilitator of Introduction to Collaborative Law
  • 2019
  • Colorado State Legislature Uniform Laws Commission
  • Testimony to the Legislature Re: Adoption of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act
  • 2019
  • Introduction to Collaborative Divorce
  • Introduction to Collaborative Divorce
  • 2018
  • Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals Monthly Meeting
  • Highly Sensitive People and Guiding Them Through Divorce
  • 2017
  • University of Colorado Law School Career Development
  • Starting a Solo Practice
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (19)
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Meggin is focused on helping families resolve their disputes as quickly and amicably as possible."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the community."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Meggin is compassionate and knowledgeable in the area of family law and mediation. She cares about her clients and her cases. She brings insight to her cases. She handles her cases with delicacy or an iron fist as the case requires. I whole heartedly endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Other
"Great representation. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meggin and I attended law school together, and since that time I have watched her grow her family-law practice. Meggin is intelligent, thorough, and passionate about her work. I have referred numerous family law cases to her without hesitation because I know she will accurately advise clients, and provide them with the best legal counsel possible."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Meggin is a real class act and is well liked by judges and opposing counsel alike. She proves that effective client representation doesn't reunite being a jerk or overly aggressive; rather, it's just the opposite. I look forward to negotiating with-- or litigating against--her in the future."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meggin is respectful and collaborative in her work. She cares about each client and works hard achieve outcomes that works for each individual family. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Rutherford conducts her cases in a timely and professional manner."
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been opposing counsel from Meggin on multiple occasions. What I believe sets Meggin apart from many other family law attorneys is her ability to think outside the box to resolve cases, while not compromising her client's expectation of aggressive legal counsel. This is a critical, and unusual, skill, and being able to do so allows parties (especially in custody cases) a platform for success, rather than further litigation. This skill set reduces the trauma inflicted on families and children."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Meggin Rutherford professionally for several years. She is a very capable and competent attorney who is concerned with finding the best outcomes for her clients. She focuses on problem solving rather than escalating of her cases for litigation, but is a skilled trial lawyer if necessary. I recommend her most highly. She also is a capable mediator whose fees are very reasonable. If you are seeking mediation, I suggest you contact her."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Meggin at the 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office while we were still in law school, and recently consulted with her regarding estate planning. Meggin is intelligent, compassionate, and a consummate professional. I endorse her wholeheartedly."
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