Jefferson County, Colorado Estate Planning Lawyers

Diedre Wachbrit Braverman
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Colorado Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience

Stanford University and University of California - IrvineCalifornia, U.S. Supreme Court and Colorado
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Bennett Braverman
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Colorado Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience

When you want a strong estate plan that demonstrates your love and thought in the event of your incapacity or after your death, Braverman Law Group, LLC is committed to providing personalized counseling, clear... Read More »
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David M. Serafin
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Free Consultation! Skilled & Experienced Colorado Estate Planning Attorney!

I am a dedicated and experienced estate planning attorney. I provide exceptional counsel and representation to protect your rights and interests! Visit my website for client testimonials. Call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Keith A. Gantenbein
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Colorado Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience

Keith Gantenbein is the owner of Gantenbein Law Firm, a premier law firm in Denver, Colorado, focusing on Real Estate, Business, Probate, Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Elder Law, Credit Disputes, Civil Litigation... Read More »
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John R Phillips
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(303) 741-2400 14143 Denver West Pkwy., Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Denver
John brings a rich and diverse business and practical business background to the practice of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver School of Law where he served on the Law Review. Admitted to practice in 1982, he has handled a variety of types of law, but has found Estate Planning to be the area in which he wishes to specialize. As Director of Sales and Marketing for the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, John taught mature lawyers from coast to coast how to develop...
Tracy Jones
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(303) 674-1117 1202 Bergen Parkway
Suite #206
Evergreen, CO 80439
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Family
Northern Illinois University and Lawrence University
G. Damon Bruntz
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(720) 350-4275 390 Interlocken Crescent, Suite 30
Broomfield, CO 80021
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
University of Denver
Damon Bruntz is a native of Colorado who grew up in Aurora. He received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Regis University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. In 2007 and 2008, before opening his own practice, Damon worked as a contract attorney for two experienced attorneys in Littleton whose combined practice areas include Family Law, Estate Planning. Damon continues to work closely with both of those attorneys, in addition to working with his own clients. In 2006, Damon worked at the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado, as an judicial...
Cory Martin Curtis
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(720) 263-4600 5353 West Dartmouth Avenue
Denver, CO 80227
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Family and Tax
New England Law | Boston
Born in Vernal, Utah, Attorney Curtis grew up in Utah but now calls Colorado home with his wife and son. Attorney Curtis founded the Curtis Law firm, LLC with the honest belief that quality legal services should be accessible to everyone, not just the wealthy. From the beginning, Curtis Law Firm has been helping its clients resolve their legal problems so they can get on with the business of living.
John R. McGuire
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(720) 833-7705 14143 Denver West Parkway
Suite 510
Golden, CO 80401
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Tax
University of Denver
John R. McGuire was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Upper Arlington High School. Growing up, John was an avid tennis player and a three time state champion. John attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, graduating with honors and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honorary Society. After graduation, John moved to Colorado to spend more time in the Colorado Rockies and attend the Denver University College of Law. Since graduating from law school, John has focused his practice primarily on tax law and issues & business transactions. As a...
Andrew Peter Stone
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(877) 897-6591 225 Union Blvd, Ste 150
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Elder
University of Denver
Andrew enjoys meeting with people and talking with them about their lives and interests. Helping people be prepared for the future comes naturally and his attitude of respect for others and sense of humor provides a comfortable setting to discuss difficult topics like preparing for death and aging. He understands a solid estate plan will give you peace of mind, knowing that everything is planned for and taken care of when you pass away, and will work with you collaboratively to meet your goals. While much of this can be confusing Andrew is able to explain everything in ways that...
Michael Allen Robinson
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience
(720) 945-9060 225 Union Blvd
Ste 140
Lakewood, CO 80228
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Animal, Bankruptcy and Tax
University of Denver
Attorney Mike Robinson has lived in Douglas County, Colorado for over 20 years. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and Cantril House Assisted Living Center, as Post Commander of the Castle Rock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10578, President of the Douglas-Elbert Bar Association, Board of Governors - Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Who's Who in American Law.
Eric Douglas Wollard
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(303) 355-1141 4465 Kipling Street, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Insurance Claims
University of Colorado - Boulder
Providing caring, experienced service in the areas of family law, criminal defense, consumer bankruptcy, and personal injury since 1998. Vast experience litigating complex cases in state and federal courts. Down to earth style, reasonable fees.
Lee Runyan
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 2 years experience
(720) 675-7094 13700 U.S. Hwy. 285 Suite 109
Pine, CO 80470
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Lee Runyan an accomplished software engineer, always wanted to make a difference, to help people. Writing computer games, social websites and software for test equipment was not really accomplishing his goal of making the world a better place. So after years of working at his chosen profession, trapped in a cubical, staring at computer monitors all day, with hardly any human interaction, he packed it in and went to lawschool. Prior to lawschool, Lee had personally experienced the frustrating and difficult process that accompanies almost any encounter with the legal system. As an attorney, Lee hopes to help his...
Anne Brennan Jorgensen
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(303) 225-3310 8001 Arista Pl Suite #415
Broomfield, CO 80021
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Colorado Law School
Attorney Anne B. Jorgensen is backed by years of experience handling legal issues involving elder law. By focusing on this specific practice area, she is able to help her clients navigate through matters involving estate planning, probate, trust litigation, guardianships, and conservatorships. In every case, she strives to obtain positive results for her clients and works diligently to see that each client receives the care and attention they need from the day their case opens until the day their case is resolved. Before joining the firm. Ms. Jorgensen attended Arizona State University where she completed her Bachelor of Science...
Karen Lynn Brady
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience
(303) 420-2863 5400 Ward Road
Bldg V Suite 170
Arvada, CO 80002
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Probate
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Karen has over 27 years experience practicing law, with 22 over those years emphasizing estate planning and business planning. Karen is a member of Wealthcounsel, a national association of estate planning attorneys. She is also a member of the Trust and Estate Sections of the American Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association. Karen regularly teaches other attorneys, financial professionals, and the public on issues of estate planning, including coordinating retirement planning accounts with estate planning. Karen has written several books, including Estate Planning in Colorado, published by Bradford Publishing.
Douglas S. Holden
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(303) 888-8183 Suite 350
Broomfield, CO 80021
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Pepperdine University School of Law
Doug Holden is a husband, father, lawyer, law professor, business entrepreneur, youth coach and witty public speaker. Doug Holden is the legal translator for regular people in Colorado. “For most people, legalese is a foreign language. Because Doug is fluent in that world, you don’t have to be. He explains the law to you, and you to the law.” Doug listens to you. Then, he converts the legalese surrounding your life’s events into language and terms you can understand. Once you are clear on your options and opportunities, Doug customizes a package for...
Brandon Culter
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(303) 494-1717 390 Interlocken Crescent, Suite 350
Broomfield, CO 80021
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
University of Tulsa College of Law
Brandon Culter’s practice emphasizes estate and business planning and administration. He advises clients on a broad spectrum of planning matters, including issues related to educational savings vehicles, guardians, stock options, disability, retirement plans, asset protection, dispositive provisions, business formation, business succession and gift, estate and generation-skipping tax matters. Brandon focuses on working together with clients and their other professional advisors to build plans that meet or exceed both the client's needs and goals.
Jolein Anne Harro
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(303) 463-6302 13978 W. Bowles Ave. Ste. 200
Littleton, CO 80127
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of Colorado - Boulder
Jolein was born in Macomb, Illinois and was raised in Iowa and Missouri. She graduated Summa Cum Laude fromTruman State University (formally known as Northeast Missouri State University) where she graduated with a BA in English and a minor in History. During her time at Truman State University, Jolein also studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1987, Jolein graduated with a law degree from the University of Colorado and after her graduation, worked at two general practice law firms. In 1990, believing that law should be more personalized and less costly, Jolein opened her own law firm which...
Diane Susan Freed
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(303) 462-0110 777 S Wadsworth Blvd
Denver, CO 80226
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
State University of New York - Buffalo
Mr. Preston J. Branaugh Esq.
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(303) 893-4122 8700 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Elder and Probate
William Baker
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(720) 370-3300
Ext. 103
390 Interlocken Crescent
Suite 350
Broomfield, CO 80021
Estate Planning, Criminal, Probate and White Collar Crime
University of Denver
William C. Baker, Esq. joined Hampton & Pigott LLP as an associate in 2013. Mr. Baker is licensed to practice before all Colorado County and District courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Colorado Supreme Court. Mr. Baker’s practice focuses primarily on probate litigation, estate planning, and criminal defense. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association.

Prior to joining Hampton & Pigott LLP, Mr. Baker ran his own law office and consulting firm, which was dedicated to addressing a wide array of legal and business needs for his clients. Prior to opening his...
James K. Townsend
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(303) 233-4200 7625 West 5th Ave
Suite 200 D
Lakewood, CO 80226
Estate Planning, Family, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of Idaho College of Law
David Pigott
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(720) 370-3300
Ext. 102
390 Interlocken Crescent
Suite 350
Broomfield, CO 80021
Estate Planning, Family, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Colorado - Boulder
David J. Pigott, Esq. is a Colorado lawyer. Mr. Pigott is licensed to practice before all Colorado county and district courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, United States District Court, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Pigott is a member of the Adams and Broomfield County Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Pigott and his firm maintains a diverse practice including personal injury, criminal defense, family law, and estate planning estate planning services.

Prior to forming Hampton & Pigott LLP, Mr. Pigott...
Joanna C. Kitto
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(720) 451-9395 1111 Washington Avenue
Suite 205
Golden, CO 80401
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Probate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Andrew Kroll
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(303) 228-7085 165 South Union Blvd, Ste 456
Lakewood, CO 80228
Estate Planning, Elder and Tax
American University
Andrew Kroll received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University, a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University, an MBA from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from the University of Denver. Andrew is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Florida and has been practicing law since 1998. His primary areas of practice are wills, trusts, estate planning, asset protection, business planning, and estate administration. Andrew has written and spoken on a wide range of topics. He is a member of the Trusts and Estates and Tax...
Justin W. Blow
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(303) 741-2400 14143 Denver West Parkway
Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
With over a decade of career experience in the Criminal Defense arena, Denver based Trial Attorney Justin W. Blow specializes in criminal law, including motions practice and litigation. Now with J R Phillips & Associates, he’s expanding his trial practice to include probate litigation, guardianships/conservatorships, while continuing to provide clients with aggressive criminal defense. In 2013, Justin founded and has since served as Owner & CEO of The Blow Law Office Ltd., based in Lakewood, Colorado, where he has assisted clients in county, state and federal court. Before relocating to Colorado, he was an Attorney and Shareholder...
Rose Mary Zapor
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(303) 866-0990 7475 W. 5th Ave., Suite 202
Lakewood, CO 80226
Estate Planning, Elder, Nursing Home and Probate
My practice is devoted to protecting the rights of my people (not clients - people). This includes drafting estate documents that reflect and protect their rights and their wishes; probate and litigation that makes sure their estate is handled in the way they expressed to me; and providing guardianship and conservatorship representation to protect them from abuse. If there is nursing home abuse, I will work to make sure that your family member is compensated and receives the care they deserve. I am on the executive council of the Elder Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association...
Eric V. Snyder
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(303) 277-1000 12600 W. Colfax Ave., Suite A-180
Lakewood, CO 80215
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Kevin Ehlers
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(303) 974-6995 13976 West Bowles Avenue
Suite 202
Littleton, CO 80127
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
Erin Hickey
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(303) 936-3779 550 S Wadsworth Blvd
Suite 401
Lakewood, CO 80226
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Real Estate
Rebecca Wallace Beattie
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Jefferson County, CO Estate Planning Attorney
(303) 384-0046 807 Arapahoe Street
Golden, CO 80401
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Barbara Cashman
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(720) 242-8133 1901 West Littleton Blvd.
Suite 219
Littleton, CO 80120
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Stockholm, Sweden and University of Denver
Since 2008, Barb Cashman has been a solo practicing in Denver, focusing on estate and elder law and mediation. Barb is a past chair of the Solo/Small Firm Section of the Colorado Bar Association and is active in the Trusts & Estates and Elder Law sections of the CBA. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver Law School in 1987, where she was editor-in-chief of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy. She also holds an M.A. from the Graduate School of International Studies at DU. An experienced mediator, Barb received a Certificate in...
Lauren Hulse
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(720) 773-2900 8 West Dry Creek Circle
Suite 202
Littleton, CO 80120
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Appeals, Divorce and Family
University of Denver
Lauren Hulse is a Colorado Native, and has been practicing law since 2008. She began her career as a fellow for two distinguished District Court Judges in Douglas and Arapahoe Counties. After completing her fellowship position, she was an associate attorney at a large firm in Colorado Springs, followed by her position as a senior associate attorney at a large firm based in Denver. Both firms focused exclusively on family law matters.

Lauren opened the Hulse Law Firm in October of 2014 to provide highly individualized services to people with family law issues and estate planning matters. She is...
Carolyn Moller Duncan
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(303) 394-2358 7899 S. Lincoln Ct., Suite 207
Littleton, CO 80122
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Robert J Hopp
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(720) 949-0911 2616 W. Alamo Ave
Littleton, CO 80120
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and IP
University of Denver
Since 1996 Robert J. Hopp has developed a strong network of attorneys and colleagues across the country. These forged relationships are called on as needed providing the clients access to exemplary resources to meet their specific needs. Robert J. Hopp often acts as general counsel to the firm’s clients coordinating additional resources as needed in order to maintain a cost effective and efficient model for serving the small to mid-sized business.
Janine Guillen
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(303) 782-0003 5800 S. Nevada St.
Littleton, CO 80120
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Christopher Hull
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(720) 227-9151 1745 Shea Center Drive STE 400
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Douglas County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
Estate Planning and Bankruptcy
Florida State University College of Law
Richard O. Schroeder
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Douglas County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer
(303) 683-3691 9249 S Broadway
#200-209
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Probate
Pepperdine University
Richard O. Schroeder, PC provides individualized quality legal services to individuals and business regarding their business and real estate matters. We will work with you to create solutions as efficiently as possible, that met your specific needs. We view the client relationship as a long term relationship and strive to provide you with individualized personal service quickly and efficiently.
Carla Diane Little
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(303) 520-6941 7200 E. Dry Creek Rd.
Ste. B101
Centennial, CO 80112
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Western New England University School of Law and University of Denver
Little Law Office is a full-service Estate Planning Firm, we offer services in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business Succession Planning, Asset Protection, Probate, Pet Trusts, Gun Trusts, Power of Attorney and Legal Directives for Medical Care.
Brian Landy
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Denver County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(303) 781-2447 4201 E. Yale Ave., Suite 110
Denver, CO 80222
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Collections and Probate
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Brian is a sole practitioner, practicing in Colorado since 1995. Brian represents consumers and small business owners in bankruptcy and collection matters, and provides estate planning services (wills, trust and probate). Brian provides one-on-one services to his clients, with no staff. Brian alone handles all client matters and communications, promptly and effectively.
Justin Vaughn
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(303) 622-5508 6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 310E
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Arizona State University
Justin Vaughn is an Arizona native. He has served as an attorney licensed in all Arizona courts since 1994. He initially worked in Phoenix with a focus in personal injury law and insurance defense. There, he served as President of the Phoenix Trial Lawyers Association. He moved to Northern Arizona in 1997, and went to work for the prestigious firm of Aspey, Watkins and Diesel. His practice included defense work for major insurance carriers, personal injury, domestic relations, and all areas of litigation. Mr. Vaughn established his own firm in 2000, and he has continued...
Eric Solem
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
Englewood, CO 80110
Estate Planning, Elder and Social Security Disability
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Experienced elder law and disability rights attorney, active in bar association and non profit boards, trial and appellate experience, married with two adult daughters
Steven Owens
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Attorney
(720) 529-9800 6041 South Syracuse Way
Suite 103
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Attorney Steven R. Owens is a fourth generation Colorado native. He earned his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Attorney Owens received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. While attending the University of Wisconsin, Attorney Owens was the articles editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. In addition, he was a member of The Order of the Coif, a group reserved for lawyers who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. Attorney Owens founded The Law Office of Steven R. Owens, P.C. in Sedona, Arizona in...
Richard B Vincent
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Arapahoe County, CO Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(877) 400-3227 5460 S.Quebec Street, Suite 333
Englewood, CO 80111
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Denver
RICHARD B. VINCENT is a partner in the law firm of Vincent, Romeo & Rodriguez, LLC. His practice emphasizes the legal problems of the elderly and disabled, including legal issues related to establishing and maintaining eligibility for Medicaid and other public benefit programs, trust and estate planning, estate administration, conservatorships and guardianships, disability planning through use of durable powers of attorney and special needs trusts, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, VA benefits and retirement. Mr. Vincent graduated from the University of Michigan with honors in 1977. In 1983, he received his law degree and MBA from the...
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Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


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