Expert Knowledge to Guide You Through Life’s Difficult Decisions

Denver estate planning attorney asset protection Kristin Dittus law office wills and trusts probate administrationAfter practicing in New York for several years with a focus on real estate transactions, estate planning and elder law, I moved to Colorado and completed my Masters in Taxation to better serve clients with complex assets. I understand that approaching some of the topics of estate planning, like naming guardians for your children or agents who will take over your financial and medical affairs if you cannot manage them yourself, can be daunting and stressful. I am here to listen to your concerns and goals, then work with you to assess the different options you have when faced with difficult decisions, allowing us to come up with the best possible plan for you and your family or business.

With more than fifteen years of experience working with a wide range of clients as well as training under estate planning experts, and five years in solo practice, I stay current with the changing tax, federal and state laws by actively participating in the Statutory Revisions Committee of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), attending frequent Continuing Learning Education classes, serving as an American Bar Association (ABA) reporter for the preeminent conference on estate planning and tax, the annual Heckerling Institute in Florida, and continually review national publications that discuss the constantly evolving strategies for this area of law.

In addition, I am the co-editor of Council Notes, a quarterly publication circulated among the CBA Trust and Estate section members covering the following topics: relevant Colorado and federal cases, as well as upcoming education classes and events with the CBA. My work with the CBA Attorney Well-Being Committee provides the opportunity to reach out to solo practitioners and small firms outside the Denver-metro area to improve access to mental health and legal practice area-specific resources. According to the ABA, lawyers are affected by depression and substance abuse at “higher rates than the general population,” and thus, may be at increased risk for suicide. This committee aims to improve the overall mental health and well-being of attorneys by providing access to resources to improve the quality of life for attorneys to reduce this grim statistic.

Professional Credentials:

  • LL.M., University of Denver Graduate Tax Program, Denver, CO, 2010
  • Tax Advocate with the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Fall 2009 – Spring 2010
  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, NY, 2003
  • B.A. (English / Economics), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1998
  • Licensed to practice in New York and Colorado
  • Reporter for the American Bar Association on the Heckerling Institute, beginning in 2013
  • Over 40 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits each year

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement:

  • Co-editor of Colorado Bar Trust & Estate Quarterly Newsletter, Council Notes (2018 – present)
  • Member, Attorney Well-Being Committee
  • Board Member of the Women’s Estate Planning Council, Denver, Co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee (2015 – 2016)
  • Member of the Colorado Bar Association (Sections: Tax; Trusts & Estates; and Elder Law)
  • Member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council
  • Past Co-Chair of the Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Boulder County Bar Association (2011 – 2013)
  • Volunteer Mentor for the New Lawyers Society of the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association
  • Volunteer Mentor for the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP)
  • Volunteer at Boulder and Denver County Senior Law Days
  • Frequent participant in Walk MS Denver (2016 – present)

Articles and Presentations:

  • Published “Considerations for Estate Planning with a Blended Family” in the March and April 2015 Boulder County Bar Association Monthly Publication and later presented on the same topic to attorney associations and public groups
  • Published “How a Trust can Protect Your Child’s Estate from a Divorcing Spouse” in the March 2012 Boulder County Bar Association Monthly Publication and later presented on the same topic as well as other asset protection strategies to the Boulder County Bar Association
  • Presented on Trends in Tax Planning and Estate Planning for Women in Business to the Golden Women in Business group in January 2014