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“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” —Dr. Seuss

Sometimes it’s the other way around.


With more than 60 years of experience fighting for the rights of those injured in accidents or in need of criminal defense, we can help you when help is needed most. The law office of Marquez & Herrick-Stare, LLC, handles both simple and complicated legal matters in Chaffee County and the surrounding communities of Central Colorado.

Ernest earned his law degree in 1986 and has had an office in Salida since 1990, working primarily in the areas of criminal defense and family law. Randy earned his law degree in 1976, spending 25 years in Denver working in the areas of insurance defense, personal injury and product liability. He then spent 10 years in Washington D.C. working in the area of commercial litigation. Both attorneys have had years of experience working in the courtroom and trying complex and not-so complex cases.

We are a skilled litigation office dedicated to finding solutions to your legal problems. If you have been injured in an automobile or an industrial accident, we can help. Have you been charged with committing a serious crime or received a DUI? Call us. Are you getting a divorce or fighting for child custody or any of the other myriad problems that make legal counsel necessary? Call us.

Hiring an attorney is not something people plan for.  We understand how disorienting this can be. We strive to make the process as easy as possible for our clients.

  • To simplify your calendar, we will work with your availability.

  • We will meet with you evenings or weekends as needed.

  • We offer prospective clients a complimentary consultation by phone or in the office.

  • We will not “happy talk” you to try to get your business.

  • Our office will be as clear and straightforward as possible on all matters.

With over 60 years of courtroom experience between us, we know how to listen, explain the law, and accompany you or your family through every step of the legal process.