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Curtis Dean Colaw

Debt collection Attorney at Modesto, CA

5.0   32 reviews

also known as Law Office of Curtis D. Colaw, Colaw Law

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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Curtis

Learn Curtis’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Debt collection
    30%
    A Large Portion of cases deal with Commercial Debt Collection representing various creditors in collecting amounts owed. It also includes representing debtors in business reorganization outside of bankruptcy.

    36 years

  2. Family
    25%
    The office represents clients in dissolution, child custody. child visitation, child support, spousal support and various related family law disputes.

    36 years

  3. Business
    20%
    The practice involves general business activities with an emphasis on small business entities and agricultural entities. The office provides creditor protection, including security agreements, UCC liens and related enforcement thereof.

    36 years

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    This office provides general estate planning, including wills and trusts.

    36 years

  5. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    The office provides incorporation services, formation of small limited liability companies, and various partnership formations and ongoing representation related thereto.

    36 years

AN EXPERIENCED TRIAL LITIGATOR FOR DEBT COLLECTION, BUSINESS MATTERS AND FAMILY LAW.

My office focuses on representing business entities in commercial/business related collection matters, creditor rights cases (including creditor bankruptcy representation), and general business related matters.  We also represent new and existing businesses in transactional matters such as contract formation and amendments, business formation and provide general business related legal advice.  The office has represented both large and small business entitles. 

 

We currently represent, or previously have represented, a large vehicle leasing company, a large franchisor of retail automotive services/sales franchises, a California local agricultural milk cooperative, a walnut plant/distributor, agricultural based trucking businesses and feed sales entities.    

 

This office provides as a secondary area family law legal services.   This includes, but is not limited to, dissolution of marriage cases, child custody  disputes, child and spousal support cases, paternity cases and collection of overdue child and spousal support.

 

This office also does basic estate planning for individuals and couples.  This includes preparing living trusts, wills, powers of attorney and related matters.

 

We stress actual ongoing contact between the attorney and the client for all matters.  

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Law Office of Curtis D. Colaw

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2013
Excellent Representation: Debt Collection
Mr. Colaw handled my case with professionalism, extensive knowledge and got the results that I needed to resove an issue on collection of a debt that was owed to me and that i had not been able to resolve in any manner. Mr. Colaw is an attorney I would recommend to anyone. He is the best and his staff is very supportive and professional also. I received Mr. Colaw's name from a Lawyer Referral service and feel so fortunate that I was connected to him. He gets the job done and done well.
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Posted by Joseph | February 8, 2013
Excellent Professional Legal Competence
Curtis Colaw,Esq has represented myself on several occasions over the span of 7 years ,in addition to a close personal friend which I had referred .I have been consistently impressed with his high level of honestly/ integrity and knowledge demonstrated in legal matters.He a is consistent ,quite practical, and accurately explains likelihood of outcome(s) of a given matter based upon his experience and in-depth analysis of factors affecting it. He has gone "the extra mile" on several occasions in an effort to attain a desired outcome for both myself and a personal friend-all the while keeping us informed of progress /potential obstacles encountered along the way .He is well respected by both collegues and judges, and his courtroom demeanor is one of confidence and knowledgability,while demonstrating an exceptionally high level of concentration ....Based upon these and other factors I highly recommend Curtis Colaw,Esq as he is truely a credit to his profession.
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Posted by Nicholas | June 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm in a great place now because Curtis D. Colaw was my legal representative
Half-a-decade ago, I urgently needed an attorney during a very challenging life event that I wouldn't wish on anyone. First time ever, in a difficult unexpected situation of such nature. I had blood-related family on my side and I needed legal representation. From a very short list of attorneys, I chose Curtis D Colaw. After all these years, I am still very grateful that I had Curtis Colaw as my attorney. I have zero regrets! That matters significantly and it is because of how Curtis handled affairs as well as the guidance he gave me on choices, options and decisions we made. I know my mental and emotional state at the time, and it is very clear to me that I would have regrets today if Curtis did not have my best interest at heart. Thank you very much Curtis! You have an amazing staff as well. And yes, I'll call Curtis D. Colaw again if I ever need legal representation.
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Posted by GSingh | December 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A GREAT TRUSTABLE ATTORNEY..
Mr.Curtis Colaw is an amazing attorney. He helped me in critical time of my life. I am very thankful to him and his staff for great service. He was handled my family court divorce matter and always guided me to take right decision. He is very experienced, humble, trustworthy, professional & knowledgeable attorney. I trust him for all legal assistance in future. His staff is also very supportive and share updates on time. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs legal advice.
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Posted by Ashlee | December 19, 2022
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Domestic Violence/ Child Custody
Curtis Colaw was direct and still patient with my case. He gave me great advice and listened to all my needs. Mr. Colaw was professional and still showed compassion toward myself and my family when it was needed; he gave me a voice when I was apprehensive. Because of his efforts, my case was handled efficiently; I received everything I asked for in regards to custody of my child along with a better sense of security and confidence due to his quick handling of the much needed restraining order. I would highly recommend his services anytime!
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Posted by Cecilia | September 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation.
I had a consultation over the phone with Curtis and I just have to say I feel so at ease with my situation. It was a 20 minute phone call and in those 20 minutes he gave me a lot of information I did not know. He was honest and did not come off as he only wanted somebody’s money. I am beyond thankful for his time and advice. I would not have hesitated to hire him if my case was strong enough.
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Posted by William | October 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
Mr. Colaw and his office staff were very helpful in dealing with my child custody court case. He is very easy to talk to and tells you exactly what to expect. Highly recommend.
Posted by Buzzie | July 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome and Hard Working
Atty. Colaw took my case with a time crunch to submit paperwork for court. He not only explained the process but the pros and cons of my actions. When I felt overwhelmed he managed to put things in perspective so that I truly understood what was happening. He helped me figure out what was best for me. My stress level went down 75% after talking and working with him to resolve my issues.
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Posted by Brianne | July 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Excellent and caring
Mr. Colaw has taken a lot of time with my case and has been very supportive. His staff is also very kind and helpful. He answers my questions and concerns quickly and is very honest. I feel very lucky to have him represent me.
Posted by Drew | October 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This man is truly a life saver
I specially went with Curtis because based on a previous review on Avvo that was very similar to my case. When I first met with Curtis he seemed very knowledgeable about the family court process and he was spot on! Despite his busy schedule and my contacting him at the last minute Curtis took a heavy weight off my shoulder and I felt I could finally breathe. I don't know if I would have been able to live my life normally without his help.
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Posted by Jill | October 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The attorney you should hire
Curtis and his secretary, Dorothy, made my case go smoothly and were easy to talk to. The cost was very reasonable and they helped me feel at ease through the whole process. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Blia | June 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law
Curtis is very knowledgeable and I found it easy talking to him. He not only provided guidance but also showed genuine concern. Both Dorthy and Tina never failed to make sure my needs were met. As much as I did not want to experience the attorney and client relationship, I enjoyed the experience with this team because they made it such a smooth transition.
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Posted by Rebecca | June 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domestic Partner Separation of Property
I hired Mr. Colaw a little over a year ago because my ex was suing me for half of my house which he was entitled to. I never disputed this fact, however, my ex decided he needed more than what he was entitled to and decided to sue me for everything he thought I might have and then some. I had called around to a few lawyers and they told me to keep out the emotion from what I was going thru, Mr. Colaw never said that to me, in fact, he said it would be hard not to be emotional. There were so MANY lies my ex stated in his deposition, but Mr. Colaw definitely knows the laws and was able to get the mediator to see thru these lies and was able to get us to settle in mediation saving us whatever equity we had in the house plus a little bonus for me after all was said and done. He was always able to talk me off the edge (so to speak) when I would get too overwhelmed. It was the worst period of my life and Mr. Colaw was a small beacon of light helping me get thru this legally, ethically, gracefully and full of dignity. I truly can't thank him and his wonderful staff enough for all they did for me. I am thankful that God pointed me to him...
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Posted by Jalal | February 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Peace of Mind
Mr. Colaw has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Throughout I had anxiety issues related to my case and every single time I left Mr. Colaw's office, I actually felt very relieved and knew things were going to be OK. I also picked up a lot of valuable information along the way which helped me communicate in a more confident manner. Basically, Mr. Colaw helped guide me in a direction that was favorable for my situation. I don't know the fine details of legalities but Mr. Colaw helped me compose a letter that put my case to rest. Thank you very much Mr. Colaw, you're an excellent asset to the community of Modesto and the whole county for that matter.
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Posted by Christine | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped de stress
Divorce attorney , dealing with situation very stressful. My attorney did the work took care of my case , made me feel at ease That he would and did the best to represent me. Was up front and honest. I have recommended Curtis Colaw to my friends and anyone else needing strong legal counsel.
Posted by Kerry | October 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mr. Colaw undertook to help our family with an issue that had been in the court system for some time. He was able to quickly understand what had happened, and what could be done to help. He and his staff are helpful and competent. Mr. Colaw went so far as to work on his vacation, in order to meet the short time frame he had to work with. He is smart, honest and knowledgeable, and charges fairly. I would be happy to recommend him.
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Posted by Valentin | August 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody
I was going through a nasty child custody case with my ex, but the experience of Mr. Colaw made my case easier for me to handle. Mr. Colaw and his friendly staff reminded me of oncoming court dates, email me all the court documents, and kept me inform of everything. The knowledge experience of Mr. Colaw help me get joint legal custody and physical custody of my son.
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Posted by [email protected] | May 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
two thumbs up!
I have Curtis Colaw represent my self personally and 3 business's that I have owned or managed for over 30 years. I find his prices fair, service excellent he is honest and hard working too!
Posted by Nellie McGarry | April 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Business and Personal Lawyer
Mr. Colaw is not only our business lawyer but he also handles any personal claims that we might have. I was in a serious car accident in 2013 the person who hit did not have any insurance but he was also to work with my insurance company and got me a settlement that was very beneficial for myself and my nephew who was also in the accident. He is very well versed in Business Law as he is on retainer for our Property Management Company we couldn't ask for a better lawyer.
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Posted by Diane Morgan Hendricks | November 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great divorce attorney.
Curtis Colaw and his staff are very professional and thorough.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-35%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Curtis D. Colaw
  • 2012 - Present
  • Owner
  • Colaw & Augustine
  • 1992 - Present
  • Judge and Advocate
  • Stanislaus County Youth Court
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Stanislaus County Superior Court
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Professor
  • Humphreys School Of Law
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Associate
  • Martin, Crabtree, Schmidt & Zeff
  • 1987 - 1992
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Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Mediation Certification
  • 2011
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • California State University at Fresno
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1984
  • Merced College
  • AA
  • 1982
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Central Valley Dairymen v. Sorrento Cheese
  • 3.1 Million Dollar Jury Verdict

Associations

  • Stanislaus County Arbitration Panel
  • Panel Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Stanislaus County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Stanislaus County Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Alpha Kappa Psi
  • Member
  • 1983 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • A + Accredited Business
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Cerficate of Appreciation Pro Tem Assistance
  • Stanislaus County Superior Court
  • 2000
  • American Jurisprudence Award Sales
  • Bankroft-Whitney Company
  • 1987
  • American Jurisprudence Award Estate and Gift Tax
  • Bankroft-Whitney Company
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • Dale Commons Informational Event
  • Estate Planning for Seniors
  • 2023

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Curtis
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Curtis for a number of years and found him to extremely intelligent, hard working, efficient and a complete gentleman. A credit to his profession."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Curtis. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Curtis has an excellent ability to evaluate his client's case and keep their expectations realistic. He is a great advocate for his clients and often serves as a voice of reason."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Curtis Colaw is one of the most courteous and competent attorneys I have ever dealt with. His knowledge and expertise in Family Law is enhanced by his experience and knowledge of other areas of law that frequently overlap with Family Law issues. This is where Curtis has an edge on opposing counsel in his family law practice."
Business Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Curtis is highly experienced in business and bankruptcy law. I use him as a resource of information myself and I refer clients to him when there is an issue outside the scope of my practice. Top notch"
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Modesto Debt collection Lawyer Curtis Dean Colaw
Curtis Dean Colaw
Debt collection Attorney
Modesto, CA
Licensed for 36 years
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