Stutz, Miller & Urtz, LLC serves individuals, businesses and financial institutions in a broad range of legal matters throughout Colorado. Our practice areas encompass real estate and commercial transactions, bankruptcy, commercial and construction litigation, family law, and estate and tax planning.
Stutz, Miller & Urtz was founded in 1980 and has had an office in the Vail Valley since 1985.
Over my 35+ years of law practice I think I have seen almost every legal problem that can arise. Probate estates have ranged from as small as $100,000 up to $15 million in assets; from virtually no assets, to an estate with 70 parcels of real estate in four different states. The real estate projects range from duplexes and party wall agreements to over 150 conversions from apartments to condominiums; and real estate construction projects from $20,000 renovations to over $9 million for a very fancy mountain home. Business purchases have ranged from a $40,000 pottery business to multi-million car dealerships, an aggregate company, a mining consultant company, and many others.
1660 Lincoln St.
Denver CO 80264
Initial consultation is free for the first half hour.
My general policy for new clients is a free initial consultation for the first half hour. For estate planning my normal fee for a married couple with less than $1 million in assets is $900 for a package of documents including wills, financial and health care powers of attorney, and advance medical directives (living wills).
For individuals, the fee is $600 if assets do not exceed $1 million for the same package of documents.
For married couples and individuals with more than $1 million, and for those who want a revocable living trust, the fees range from $1,000 to $2,500 (and occasionally higher) depending upon the complexity of the plan, and the mix of assets.
For setting up a corporation or limited liability company, the fee generally does not exceed $500.
$275 is the usual hourly rate.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Helping people pass on their assets the way they want, while paying a minimum of estate or inheritance tax is a satisfaction to me. When that can be coupled with getting a new business started, or structured in a way to accomplish the client's goals at a reasonable cost, I can enjoy seeing satisfied clients.
An educated client is the best kind of client to have. Although part of my job is to educate my clients about possible legal issues, if the clients have done their homework before coming to see me, their time and my time can be saved.
Much of my job involves review of documents prepared by others - whether other lawyers or prepared by clients. My only caveat is that sometimes it is more efficient to prepare new documents myself than to review many pages prepared by a client.
I am happy to talk to clients and cooperate in what the clients want to do. If that involves preparing them to represent themselves before the IRS or before a judge, then that is the client's decision. However, the clients still need to expect to be billed for my time spent preparing them for legal battle.
Upon graduation from law school in 1974, I started my legal career with Holme Roberts & Owen a large Denver-based firm. After 3+ years as an associate with HRO, I moved to a 10 lawyer firm for an additional 4 years of seasoning as a lawyer. Since 1981, I have been practicing with Greg Stutz and honing my abilities in representing individuals and small businesses with estate planning and probate, real estate, and general business legal needs. This includes representing individuals and businesses in Vail and Eagle County starting in 1975.
I grew up in a town of 20,000 with my dad owning a women's dress shop. He put me to work early on washing windows, sweeping the walk, etc. and eventually helping out with cash register, inventory and all of the other tasks of a small business. That experience continues to help me today in remembering that the customer may not always be right, but he or she is still the customer paying the bills. I know that I have to earn my client's trust.
I have the background and experience to listen to your legal problem and come up with practical solutions that can save you time and expense in the future. Listening and hearing what the client wants are important to me.Personal interests:
I hope to make a difference in my community, so I am currently a board member of Denver Kids, Inc. (counseling and mentoring program), the loan committee of the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation, the Institutional Review Board at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, the Rotary Club of Denver, the University Club, and Park Hill United Methodist Church (Chancel Choir and Worship Committee chair). I am also a past board chair of the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center. I also enjoy the Colorado outdoors - skiing, golf, hiking, and travel across our wonderful world.
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