Water Rights - Why Hire a Water Rights Attorney


Water Rights can be tricky and Water Colorado is a water rights brokerage firm that is looking out for your well-being. We have an honest, hard-working and knowledgeable staff, which means quick and smooth water rights transactions so you can spend more time doing what you enjoy! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact us anytime.

We want to remind you that Water Colorado is not a legal firm or water engineering company, we are water brokers and we can help you navigate through the complex process of buying or selling water rights.

Why Hire a Water Rights Attorney or Water Engineer

There’s an old saying that goes “Always listen to experts, they’ll tell you what can’t be done and why…”


Right now, we’re hoping that this title has you asking yourself “so what,” “how can a water engineer or water rights attorney benefit me,” or any other question along those lines. Those are precisely the questions that you should be asking when considering whether or not you should hire a water rights attorney or water engineer.
Let’s be realistic, time, money and the amount of work are three things that people naturally are concerned about. There’s no way around it, if you want to have a claim for a water right (that has a beneficial use), you will have to take it to water court. It doesn’t matter if you’re a town, business, or individual, all water in Colorado is divided up through land ownership and claim through court – not speculation. Or if you are purchasing existing water rights, you want to make sure that everything is in order and that you are protected in your transaction.

We have put together a list of tips and information to aid you in your decision to hire a water attorney or water engineer.

What are the benefits of hiring a water rights attorney/engineer? Is it worth the time and money?

Colorado water rights are extremely complex and a comprehensive public knowledge of water rights is hard to come by. We strongly recommend that you have the expertise of a water attorney and/or water engineer to back your water rights investment.

Our job at Water Colorado is to help you find the acreage, ranches and farms with water that best suits your needs. When you find what you want, it is best to have an attorney or engineer by your side to guide you in the rest of your transaction.

From our experience, the cost for hiring a water attorney and/or water engineer is only a small fraction of the long-term over-all investment. In a way it’s like having insurance – it’s not necessary, but it is highly recommended to protect you and your interests and investments.

What should a water rights attorney or water engineer be responsible for handling if you hire them?

If you don’t have much experience in dealing with water rights, you probably don’t know what to expect from your water attorney or water engineer once you hire them. Here are some of the services that we recommend when considering which water attorney and/or water engineer to hire (there may be more services that they provide).

If you are looking to hire a water rights attorney, be sure that they have a good understanding of real estate contracts (water rights can only be obtained through land ownership). In the case of purchasing existing water rights, your attorney should look up information that would insure that there are no problems with the water and that there are no pending legal cases dealing with the rights in question. They should also verify that the water and stock certificates are good for the land that you have purchased.

When considering which water engineer to hire, make sure that they can show you how the water is used for beneficial use. They should examine the geology and historic data which will indicate exactly how this is done.

How can Water Colorado help track down a reliable water attorney and/or water engineer?

Water Colorado has years of experience in finding reliable water attorneys and water engineers – some may say we’re “long in the tooth” when it comes to those matters.

We have the knowledge and experience in helping you find the routes to protect your water rights investment. The last thing we want is for you to feel that your water right matters are “as clear as mud.” It’s great that you have questions and we are happy to help navigate you however we can. If you have any questions please call us at 970.493.4227 or email us at info@watercolorado.com.