is now permanently closed as of September 16, 2022. Barb has moved on to a new career in mental health. Stay tuned for updates to this website from Barb’s successor, Caryn McGraw Turner, Esq.
Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Elder Mediation in Denver and Along the Front Range
Estate planning is not typically a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. There a important choices to be made. I strive to meet clients on their own individual terms and to assist them in providing information to inform a strategy designed to work for them. In our networked age of information overload, I help clients figure out where to begin the process.
Many of the legal issues and documents in estate and elder law have important ramifications in the medical, financial, and emotional contexts and my goal is to help people make informed and deliberate choices so they can move forward with their plan. I serve as a guide to the legal terrain and can assist clients in achieving goals reflecting their values and wishes. People who are in the midst of a health crisis or are facing a chronic or terminal illness also benefit from determining what is important to them during such challenging times.
My practice is focused on estate and life planning, elder law and mediation and probate matters.
I take pride in my ability to work effectively and compassionately with people who are facing difficult decisions in their lives, are grieving losses or mourning the death of a loved one, confronting a health crisis, or are in conflict with family members about the needed care for an aging parent or loved one. Some of the legal and mediation services I provide include:
Estate planning (including wills, trusts, durable POAs, advance directives) for all types of individuals, couples and families;
Elder law services for individuals and sometimes for family members where there is suspected elder abuse;
Representation in probate court for estate administration, trust administration and guardianship and conservatorship proceedings;
Mediation services for families facing conflict, exploring alternatives to litigation, or ordered to mediation; and
Disability planning using durable powers of attorney and related documents and end-of-life planning to minimize family conflict and to avoid protective proceedings (for guardianship and/or conservatorship) where possible.
I love my work and I particularly enjoy working with a variety of elder care professionals to use, where I can, a “holistic” approach to estate and life planning. A large part of estate and elder law practice must consider the preservation – where desired and appropriate – of important relationships.
About my Fees: I offer the majority of estate planning services and uncontested probate proceedings (guardianship/conservatorship) for a fixed fee. I typically offer elder law services, consultations, estate administration and mediation services for an hourly rate.