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Cameron Kawato

Cameron Kawato

Anzen Legal Group
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Business Law
  • Colorado
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Clark Dray
Clark Dray June 2, 2023
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Cameron successfully managed a mediation resulting in a positive outcome for our client mutual client. Cameron understood the relevant legal issues and was able to make them clear to the mediator.
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Cameron is an estate planning and business attorney licensed in Colorado. He works as in-house counsel for the blockchain company Block Convey, located in New York City. He speaks Italian at an intermediate level and his favorite hobby is tennis.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
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  • Contingent Fees
    Generally the contingency is anywhere from 30%-50% of the case payout.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
VP of Compliance
Block Convey, Inc.
- Current
In-house counsel for the blockchain technology company Block Convey based in New York.
Purple Wisteria Holdings
- Current
President of a real estate holdings and investing company with assets across the US.
Managing Partner
Anzen Legal Group
- Current
Managing partner of Anzen Legal Group located in Fort Collins, Colorado serving all of Colorado.
10k Trading
Single member day trading LLC with no clients or employees.
Weekndr Corporation
Joined a startup tech company aimed at creating package travel deals. Users would give information about the trip they wanted to go on such as locations, lengths, and dietary restrictions. Our website would then make "packages" for them to choose from which would already have all reservations, including plane tickets, ready to be booked automatically as soon as the user confirmed the package.
Regent University School of Law
J.D. (2021) | Law
Honors: Graduated with honors.
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Texas Christian University
B.S. (2017) | Political Science and Economics
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Colorado  # 56683
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Articles & Publications
Self Published Author
Public Notary
Colorado Secretary of State
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2 Questions Answered
Q. When my husband dies do our assets need to go through probate?
A: Hello,

The answer to this depends on the type of assets you are referring to. When someone dies, their assets are considered either "probate" or "non-probate" assets. A classic example of a non-probate asset is a life insurance policy. An example of a probate asset would be something like a vehicle. Probate assets typically must go through the probate process (though this does not mean they will be tied up for long periods of time. This only means they typically need a formal proceeding). Non-probate assets "pass" right through probate and go directly to the intended beneficiary as is the case with life insurance.

Since I do not know exactly what kinds of assets you are referring to, I can't give a very clear answer. However, if you hold a joint bank account together, it is likely that the account will automatically go to you as you will become the sole legal owner. You may want to give your bank a copy of the death certificate so that his name is no longer on the account, though.

You did say that everything is jointly owned. This suggests that the corporate entities that are in charge of those assets would only need a death certificate, but that is not a guarantee.

I hope this helps. If you'd like to talk about specific assets and planning, you may contact our firm.
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Q. Is it ethical for an atty to represent a beneficiary in a probate case if they are related or married to the beneficiary
A: Hello,

All Colorado attorneys are under strict rules of professional conduct. One very important area of these rules is the conflict of interest, which your question refers to. The rule that will help guide you is Rule 1.7 of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. This rule states that a lawyer may not represent a client if the representation creates of "significant risk" that the representation will be "materially limited" by the lawyer's personal interests. Your question asks if a lawyer would be reluctant to represent a close friend or spouse. In both of these situations, I see no LEGAL reason why the lawyer could not represent them. The lawyer has no personal reason to want their spouse or friend to lose.

However, just because something is legal does not mean it is a good idea. Lawyers typically should be wary of representing spouses and friends in high stakes cases because it might cause a personal rift. Imagine the lawyer takes the case for their close friend but ends up losing by no fault of the lawyer. If the case was high stakes enough, the close friend may now resent the lawyer. Now picture another scenario where the lawyer represents the spouse. The couple is on hard times and really needs a win in the case. The personal pressure of this case is now greater on the lawyer than usual because they, in a sense, have skin in the game as the spouse of the beneficiary. These are a couple reasons why lawyers may be reluctant to represent a spouse or close friend. However, there doesn't seem to be a legal reason as to why they cannot do so.

This fear of representing those close to you does not carry over to all areas of the law, though. I would happily write an estate plan for my friend. I would be very wary of representing my friend if they were up on murder charges.

Hope this helps. Have a nice day.
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