Owner and Principal Attorney
Ms. Germany is the principal attorney and owner/manager of The Germany Law Firm, P.C., an elder law, estate planning, and probate boutique firm. She is licensed in both Alaska and Colorado and has practiced in the areas of domestic law, elder law, probate, and estate planning.
An active member of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), Ms. Germany is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), an American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) fellow, and former co-chair of the CBA Elder Law Section. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer and past adjunct faculty to paralegal programs and has taught Colorado Legal Education courses in Colorado. She frequently teaches continuing legal education courses to attorneys and various groups at national conferences on topics including special needs planning, guardianship, elder fraud, and financial exploitation/abuse. Ms. Germany has also served as a Deputy Public Administrator. She and her team are passionate about helping you and your family prepare for the future.
Patricia Rankin practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, elder law, estate administration, probate, guardianships, and conservatorships. Prior to focusing on elder law and probate, Ms. Rankin practiced in the areas of Equal Employment Opportunity Claims, family law, and insurance subrogation. Ms. Rankin spent several years working for the probate court of the 17th Judicial District Court and has seen a wide variety of simple and complex matters for elder law and probate.
Ms. Rankin’s interest in estate planning stems from courtroom observations of guardianships, conservatorships, and estate administration disputes. In many instances, the families experience long-lasting effects from their grief. She is focused to assist families in creating estate plans to prevent the family anguish which occurs when there is no plan in place to care for aging family members or for managing an estate when they become deceased. She has experienced firsthand from her own family the challenges which arise for a family in making care decisions when the elderly are diagnosed with debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s and Dementia.
Ms. Rankin is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law Section, and Trust and Estates Section. Ms. Rankin is currently serving on the Elder Law Section Executive Council and the 17th Judicial District Senior Law Committee. Ms. Rankin has taught numerous classes on estate planning basics, conservatorships, and common law marriage.
BA in Social Sciences from Colorado State University with a double minor in Political Science and History
J.D. from Creighton University School of Law
Ms. Rankin is admitted to practice law in Colorado
Rachel Wallace specializes in all areas of guardianships (a person responsible for the health, care and well being of another person) and conservatorships (a person responsible for another person’s assets and financial affairs), formal and informal probates of decedent’s estates, both testate (when there is a Will) and intestate, (when there is no Will) and has previous experience drafting estate planning documents and powers of attorney. Rachel has completed several continuing education courses and seminars within the field of Estates and Trusts and is a Licensed Notary Public.
Certificates & Memberships
Paralegal certification, Front Range Community College
Boulder County Bar Association member
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Business Administration
Kate joined the Germany Law Firm P.C. in September 2021. Kate received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Communication. Kate has experience in accounting, office management, and is driven and skilled in organization. She is eager to provide quality support in assisting clients and is thrilled to be a part of the Germany Law Firm.
Cathy joined The Germany Law Firm P.C. in April 2015. She originally hails from Scotland but has lived for many years first in Canada and then in the U.S. She studied secretarial studies with French, German and shorthand at Aberdeen College of Commerce in Scotland and has worked for many years in various administrative assistant roles. She enjoys being apart of the team at The Germany Law Firm and assisting clients with their estate planning and elder law needs.