Colorado Springs lawyer firm handling Probate Administration and Litigation, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business and related matters, and DWI / DUIs.
This firm is committed to providing clients with competent and practiced legal services assisting them with Estates, Guardianships, Conservatorships, and Trust Administration, Real Estate, and Business Transfers with Interim Business Maintenance, with litigation support where necessary.
Nearly 20 years as a business lawyer and commercial litigator have led Mr. Holder to a full understanding of the problems that poor writing can cause in court. The writing and financial skills developed during those years, and an acquired understanding of the trials and tribulations of the small business owner serve well in the estate planning and probate areas. An understanding of compounding growth and the value of one's legacy to surviving family members are key ingredients to effective assistance in planning for the future.
Mr. Holder is active in the Trust and Estates Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and for three years was the chairman of the Probate Rules & Forms Committee, which drafted required forms used in probate courts statewide. As a member of that section's Statutory Revisions Committee he is chair its sub-committee responsible for review of the proposed Uniform Powers of Attorney Act. For fiscal year 2008 - 2009, and served as chair of the committee responsible for drafting and revising the Estate Planning Forms Book (also commonly known as the "Orange Book"),
a publication of Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.
"Drafting Effective Contingent Remainders -or- Divorce My Kid and You're Out!," Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section Council Notes, December 2003; "Medical Secrecy, Powers of Attorney and the Web," El Paso County Bar Newsletter, February 2004; "How Charitable Trusts Work," "New Unintended Results of Living Trusts -or- Divorce My Kid and You Win" The Origin of Modern Day Trusts," "Are Estate Taxes Really a Dying Breed?" "How to Beat Estate Taxes," "Non-Tax Uses of Trusts," "Who's in Charge Here, Anyway?" "Legislature Gets Tainted View of Proposed Uniform Trust Code," "The Great Financial Turf War: Bankers v. Brokers, Part I," "The Great Financial Turf War: Bankers v. Brokers, Part II," Daily Transcript Newspaper, January - March 2004. Member: El Paso County (Member, Probate Section) and The Colorado Bar Associations (Member: Trusts and Estates Section; Chair, 2004, 2005, 2006 Rules and Forms Committee). Practice Areas: Estate Planning; Ancillary Probate; Wills; Probate; Real Estate; Commercial Law; Trusts and Estates; Guardianship and Conservatorship; Charitable Giving.
Since the earliest days of his practice in 1975, Mr. Holder has been engaged in estate planning and commercial litigation. As he "matured" he reduced his commercial litigation activities and began limiting his courtroom time to probate matters and questions involving what are called "future interests" in real estate titles. Much of his litigation practice is now devoted to questions of whether a will or some part of one is valid or fatally flawed by the way it is written or because of the fraud or undue influence of another. Since Colorado has common law marriage, questions of whether a person was or was not married at the time of death or incapacity are not uncommon. Resolution of such issues in the emotionally charged arena of a loved-one's recent death requires an experienced and level headed approach. Mike Holder is uniquely equipped to advise
a client on the state of the law, the realities of making one's case, and providing experienced representation in court. Because of his long experience in commercial litigation, Mike Holder is well equipped to lend advice concerning the "bottom line" or real value of a case, given the expenses of estate administration, costs of litigation, and realistic values of estate assets such as businesses, real estate, and personal property. Clients with both large and small interests and claims have benefited from this real world approach.
Mike Holder has specialized interest in the following areas:
-Probate Litigation, including problems concerning:
-Interpreting and Construing Wills and Trusts
-Common Law Marriage
-Prosecuting and Defending Claims Against Estates by Creditors
-Prosecuting and Defending Claims Against Executors, Personal Representatives, Guardians and Conservators upon claims of dishonesty or incompetence
-Guardianships and Conservatorships
-Drafting Wills and Trusts
-Interpreting Wills and Trusts
-Future interests in both Real and Personal Property
421 South Tejon Ave, Ste 100
Colorado Springs CO 80903
Planning one's estate is more than just deciding who will get your property when you have passed on.
It is an analysis of what you have accumulated, how much of it will pass to your successors tax free, and what you believe is in their best interests. Often it can be said that placing large amounts of cash in the hands of the young or inexperienced can work to their harm. Sometimes providing first for education and paying out benefits over a period of time may be best.
When one is planning his or her estate, it is also natural to address end of life decision making, or decision making in the event of a disabling disease. Experienced legal counsel can help guide you through that analysis and decision making process. Asking the hard questions is key to such an endeavor. This firm is located in Colorado Springs and is familiar with such issues and is good at asking the hard questions, then writing down clearly your decisions.
Estate Planning; Ancillary Probate; Wills; Probate; Real Estate; Commercial Law; Trusts and Estates; Guardianship and Conservatorship; Charitable Giving
Admitted: 1975, Colorado
Law School: Stetson University, J.D.
Member: El Paso County (Member, Probate Section) and The Colorado Bar Associations (Member: Trusts and Estates Section; Chair, 2004, 2005, 2006 Rules and Forms Committee).
Publications: Author: "Drafting Effective Contingent Remainder -or- Divorce My Kid and You're Out!," Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section Council Notes, December 2003; "Medical Secrecy, Powers of Attorney and the Web," El Paso County Bar Newsletter, February 2004; "How Charitable Trusts Work," "New Unintended Results of Living Trusts -or- Divorce My Kid and You Win" The Origin of Modern Day Trusts," "Are Estate Taxes Really a Dying Breed?" "How to Beat Estate Taxes," "Non-Tax Uses of Trusts," "Who's in Charge Here, Anyway?" "Legislature Gets Tainted View of Proposed Uniform Trust Code," "The Great Financial Turf War: Bankers v. Brokers, Part I," "The Great Financial Turf War: Bankers v. Brokers, Part II," Daily Transcript Newspaper, January - March 2004.
Born: Jacksonville, Florida, May 20, 1947
Michael D. Holder was born in Jacksonville, Florida on May 20, 1947. He was admitted to the Colorado and United States bars, in October of 1975. He graduated from University of California at Irvine in 1972 with a degree in Philosophy, and took his law degree (Juris Doctor) from Stetson University, in St Petersburg, Florida, where he studied extensively Estates and Trusts, Future Interests in Real Estate Titles, and the Uniform Commercial Code. For a year he suspended his law practice to manage the trust department of a large bank, during its transition from "common trust funds" to mutual funds as the preferred method of managing moderate to small trust accounts.
This one attorney firm offers estate planning services such as preparation of Wills and Trusts with sophisticated financial and tax planning, as well as high quality probate administration and litigation services. Mike Holder is an active participant in the Colorado Bar Association's Trust and Estates Section. He served for three years chair of the Rules and Forms Committee of that section, is an active member of the Trust and Estate Section's Statutory Revisions Committee, is currently the chair of its sub-committee for evaluation of the proposed Uniform Powers of Attorney Act, and is currently the chair of the Orange Book Forms Committee, which publishes an Estate Planning forms book through Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. a nonprofit corporation associated with the Colorado Bar Association.
Mike is an avid golfer and enjoys NFL Football and March Madness. He also enjoys the study of art history and its reflection of our intellectual development.
J. David Taunton is now serving the greater Colorado Springs area. Specializing in Estate Planning and Management, Probate, Business Planning, Environmental/Water Law, DUI, DWAI, and related clients.
David grew up in the small cotton mill town of Tallahassee, Alabama. There, he spent his time fishing and hiking the lakes and forest of the south with his grandfather. Of the many lesson he learn from his grandfather, character was among the first. Now, he enjoys hiking and fishing the mountains of Colorado with his family.
During law school, David was twice named a Knapp Scholar, recognizing leadership, and a Dean's Scholar, recognizing academic achievement.
David builds his practice around a commitment to Integrity, Honesty, and Professionalism.
Born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Matthew spent much of his time training in the hard sciences and in Jazz performances on the Trumpet. In 1999, he graduated from high school and attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he focused his studies on creative writing and comparative literature. While there he also studied theatre, film, geology, and sanskrit.
Matthew received his BA in 2003 and moved to Annapolis, Maryland, to pursue a career in publishing and printing. In 2004, he moved to Bloomington, Indiana to work for an educational publisher, Tichenor Publishing and Printing. It was there he was introduced to the complex legal issues that surround all businesses and he was asked to arrange and clear copyright permissions for articles that university professors sought to include into their own publications.
In the late fall of 2005, Matthew decided that he wanted to attend Law School to pursue many of the legal issues that he had been exposed to and he was accepted to the School of Law at Indiana University for the fall semester of 2006. He became a full time student and continued to take classes through the summer and graduated a semester early in the Fall of 2008 with his JD. In the spring of 2009, Matthew moved to Colorado, took the Bar Exam in July of 2009, and received my Colorado Bar License in the Fall of 2009.
Having originally been introduced to the law through the avenue of Intellectual Property, Matthew began his legal career with a small Intellectual Property firm in Longmont, Colorado. Upon realizing his interests in the Intellectual Property arena existed almost exclusively in California with major software and internet companies of the U.S., he found himself working as a Deputy District Attorney for the 10th Judicial District in Pueblo, Colorado. On his second day of work as a Deputy District Attorney, he was in the courtroom arguing motions, and by the end of his third week, he had completed and won his first jury trail.
After three years and nearly 40 jury trials ranging from DUI's and Misdemeanor offenses, to Sex Assaults and Drug Distribution rings, and where the defendants were adults as well as juveniles, Matthew decided that it was time to get back to what he really wanted to be doing, to directly help those within his community and attend to their needs.
Matthew has learned in his short time as an attorney that much of the law is reactive, that is it only takes action after someone has suffered harm. While this reaction is important, he found himself reaching out again and again, trying to prevent the harm. In September of 2013, Matthew left the District Attorney's Office and joined up with Holder & Associates to allow himself to get into an arena of law that was proactive instead of reactive.