Dedicated Colorado Estates, Real Estate and Business Law Firm
Experienced Boulder lawyer taking care of your interests
Richard E. "Buck" Hopper, is an experienced and proven attorney dedicated to representing individuals and businesses in the Boulder area for over 33 years. His mission is to provide competent, professional, personal service, while meeting the client's needs on a timely basis.
Buck will help you achieve your goals whether you are protecting your loved ones and assets with a valid estate plan, buying your first home or forming a limited liability company. He delivers superior responsiveness that is cost-effective and results-oriented from initial consultation to the final resolution of your important legal matters.
He has focused his law practice to representing clients in the following areas:
Wills, Trusts & Estates, and Probate
Attorney Hopper has built lasting relationships with clients. He has a strong reputation with both clients and the Colorado legal community, and has achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell a distinction signifying the highest quality legal work, professionalism and ethical standards. He has achieved the distinction of being selected as an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) through the National Association of Estate Planning Councils. He has been chosen to be listed in Colorado Super Lawyers since 2009.
Successfully serving clients throughout Colorado
Richard E. Hopper, Jr., Attorney and Counselor at Law represents individuals and businesses in the cities of Boulder and Denver, throughout Colorado, and nationwide.
A Colorado law firm with a commitment to clients for more than 30 years
When you need experienced and skillful representation, call Richard E. Hopper, Jr., Attorney and Counselor at Law at 303.449.5522 or contact the firm online to schedule your appointment.
4450 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 100
Boulder CO 80303
Colorado Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate Lawyer Helps You Plan
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Buck Hopper can help with all aspects of trusts and estates, including:
Estate tax issues
Choice of appropriate executor
Financial/property powers of attorney
Medical powers of attorney
Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long term well-being and financial security can bring you great peace of mind. Buck Hopper thoroughly analyzes your estate and develops the best strategies for transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Draft your Last Will and Testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend or charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet decisions that might not reflect your desires. Richard Hopper can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
Changing Your Will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You will need to update your will throughout your life. A codicil can address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Advance Medical Directives
Your Living Will, Medical Power of Attorney and HIPAA authorization set the parameters you determine in advance for medical, health care and end of life decisions or intervention should you become incapacitated. This ensures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Appointment of a Guardian
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
Buck Hopper's experience and extensive knowledge about the Colorado probate system, gives him the ability to guide you through the process of probating a will, which can be complex. He assists executors in all steps of the process, including:
Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
Filing the will with the Colorado probate court
Closing and opening bank accounts
Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
Valuing the estate for transfer tax and distribution purposes
Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
Preparing tax returns
Paying taxes and other debts
Hiring professionals and experts when necessary
Providing fiduciary and beneficiary representation
Contact an estate planning law firm you can trust, Richard E. Hopper, Jr., Attorney and Counselor at Law
For estate planning services in Boulder and throughout Colorado, call Richard E. Hopper, Jr., Attorney and Counselor at Law at 303.449.5522 or contact the firm online to schedule a consultation.
Areas of practice
Admitted to practice
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1978
Awards and honors
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Colorado Super Lawyers for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Accredited Estate Planner (AEP)
University of Wyoming, J.D., 1978
University of Colorado at Boulder, B.S., magna cum laude, 1975
Boulder County Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Boulder County Estate Planning Council, Past President
Born in Denver, Colorado
Member, University of Wyoming Law Review, 1977 1978