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I have been a licensed attorney in Colorado since 2008. I have been specializing in Estate Planning Law since 2009. After law school, I initially worked for one of the largest Life Insurance Companies in the U.S., in a number of different roles, but my main role was to advise financial planners around the country about advanced estate planning topics such as complex trusts and taxes. I started my own firm in 2009 and in 2010 I joined as Of-Counsel with a small estate planning firm. In January of 2012, I rolled out my firm in earnest as a solo practitioner. I have worked with hundreds of clients to do their estate plans. My goal is that my clients walk out of my office feeling a sense of relief that their plan was done the way they wanted it to be. An estate plan in my mind is a joint endeavor between the attorney and the client. The initial planning is just the first step, we both have a responsibility to make sure that the plan works as designed over the client's lifetime.
Why I Do What I Do
I believe that Estate Planning is here to give you control over who is in charge of taking care of you and control over how you take care of your family after you are gone. Without proper planning you can lose control and your family will not be able to take care of you as easily, or you will not leave your estate for the benefit of your family according to your wishes.
I had an experience in my own family where during a crisis, we lost control over where my grandmother was going to receive care. This caused my grandparents in their last years to be separated by a long distance after more than 60 years of marriage. I believe that my grandparents have drawn me into the field of estate planning and elder law to affect the lives of my clients so that they can have a different experience at the end of their lives than my grandparents did.
I place a special emphasis on protecting the assets of aging loved ones and educating families about complicated laws and the best options available to them. I am passionate about helping others preserve their money, avoid probate, and achieve lifetime estate planning goals.
I started my post law school career working for a large financial company helping financial planners with advanced estate planning and tax planning. I utilize this financial services experience to bring a different perspective to my estate planning and elder law clients. My number one priority is to educate and empower clients to make the best decision for them and their family; there is no one way to do things. I strive to give clients options and let them choose which direction they want to go. I like to say, “If you don’t ask yourself the right questions, you never get the right answer for you and your family.”
Skip was born and raised Aurora, Colorado, graduating from Smoky Hill High School. He graduated from the University of Kansas after being on the swimming team there for four years. Skip has an MBA and his law degree from the University of Wyoming. Skip is married to Erin and they have two vibrant young boys Braden and Kade.