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 beginning my practice in New York 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 naming agents to handle 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 nationally recognized estate planning experts, I’ve grown to love this area of law and the real solutions I provide to my clients. I stay current with changing tax, federal and state laws by serving as Co-Editor of Council Notes, being an Executive Council Member of the Trusts and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), attending frequent Continuing Learning Education classes, participating 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 evolving strategies for this area of law.

I enjoy serving the legal community through volunteering with the CBA Attorney Well-Being Committee that reaches out to solo practitioners and small firms to improve access to mental health and wellness resources. I was recently elected to serve a two-year term as one of six Council Members for the Trust and Estate Section Executive Committee. Council members review, consider, and vote on current objectives and activities of the Trust and Estate Section including review of proposed laws and statutory goals, updating rules and forms for the section, and continuing legal education (CLE) programs.

Professional Credentials:

  • LL.M., University of Denver Graduate Tax Program, Denver, CO, 2010
  • Tax Advocate with the Taxpayer Clinic, University of Denver, 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 Hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) each year

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement:

  • Executive Council Member: Trust and Estate Section of the CBA (2019-2021)
  • Co-editor of CBA Trust & Estate Newsletter, Council Notes (2018 – present), a quarterly published newsletter related to the Trust and Estate Section covering the following topics: current events, news, and updates on federal and state cases and laws
  • Attorney Well-Being Committee – Organizing Lead on outreach to non-metro area attorneys for wellness objectives (Present)
  • Past Board Member of the Women’s Estate Planning Council, Denver, Co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee (2015 – 2016)
  • Past Co-Chair of the Taxation, Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Boulder County Bar Association (2011 – 2013)
  • Mentor for New Lawyers with the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP)
  • Volunteer at Boulder and Denver County Senior Law Days
  • Member of the Colorado Bar Association; Women’s Estate Planning Council; and the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council
  • Frequent participant in Walk MS and Walk for Alzheimer’s Denver (2016 – present)

Articles and Presentations:

  • Presented on Estate Planning for Blended Families to CBA at Denver Senior Law Day in July 2019
  • Published “Estate Planning for Blended Families” in the March and April 2015 Boulder County Bar Association Monthly Publication
  • 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