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Constance D Smith

Constance D Smith

Practice areas:

Business, Estate Planning, Tax, Trusts, Probate, Life Insurance

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About Me

I provide legal and tax planning for estate preservation and disposition, lifetime wealth transfers, business succession, philanthropic giving and probate administration to mulitgenerational families, closely held businesses and non-profit organizations. I believe in team work and create advisor teams from the firm's various areas of legal expertise and with professionals outside the firm, to maximize the benefit to each client.


My goal is to  accomplish the integration of wealth transfers, individual values, relational dynamics and tax benefits into a holistic plan, unique for every client. I can utilize specialized trusts for tax planning, asset protection, incapacity or special needs planning and integrate marital agreements, retirement plans and life insurance with wealth transfer and business succession plans.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Estate Planning: 24%
  2. Business: 24%
  3. Trusts: 19%
  4. Tax: 19%
  5. Other: 14%
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Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Wells Fargo Center, Suite 2400
1700 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO, 80203-4524

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200608/25/2015
WYAuthorized to practice law199805/30/2015
COActive199708/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Barristers bestLaw Week Colorado2014
Best Lawyers in America - Trusts and EstatesBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Colorado Super LawyersSuper LawyersN/A
FellowACTECN/A
Accredited Estate PlannerNational Assn of Estate Planners and CouncilsN/A
AV Preiminent RatingMatindale HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
DirectorFairfield and Woods, P.C.2010 - Present
N/ARothgerber Johnson & Lyons2004 - 2010
N/ALentz Evans and King1999 - 2004

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
The Denver FoundationProfessional Advisors Committee2015 - Present
Federalist SocietyMemberN/A
National Assn of Estate Planners and CouncilsMemberN/A
Colorado LawyereditorN/A
Greater Denver Tax GroupMemberN/A
Colorado Women's Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Colorado Philanthropic Advisors NetworkMemberN/A
Women's Estate Planning CouncilPast PresidentN/A
Rock Mountain Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A
American Bar Association, Tax Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate SectionPast Council MemberN/A
Colorado Bar Association, Taxation Law SectionMemberN/A
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Christian Legal SocietyPast PresidentN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Fairfield and WoodsThe New Able Savings Plan2015
Denver Business JournalEstate Planning Vital for Digital Assets2015
Law Week ColoradoFBAR and Your Estate Plan2014
Independent BankerEstate Planning For Bank Owners Not a 'Do It Yourself' Project2012
Fairfield and Woods NewsletterDo I need an Estate Planning Attorney2011
National Law ReviewGifting to Grandchildren in 20102010
Colorado HandbookMarital Agreements Chapter2010
Colorado HandbookIrrevocable Life InsuranceTrusts Chapter2010
The Colorado LawyerUnplanned Business Succession After the Death or Incapacity of the Business Owner2007
Denver Business JournalCheck Out These Payment Options For Your Children's Education2007
The Colorado LawyerMarital Agreements in Colorado2007
Denver Business JournalWhen it Comes to Health Care Decisions, Be Sure the Paperwork is in Order2006
The Colorado Lawyeretaining Control of Gifts to Minors: UTMA and IRC 2503(c) Trust Options2005
The Colorado LawyerNew and Improved Testaments in Estate Planning Documents2003
The Colorado LawyerAutomatic and Elective Allocations of Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Exemption2003

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver College of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of LawsN/A
University of Denver College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Central OklahomaBusiness AdministrationMA - MastersN/A
University of CaliforniaChemistryBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationClosely Held Businesses - Strategies for Tackling Key Issues2015
Technical SeriesEarly Terminations of Charitable Trusts2014
Professional EducationTrust Issues in Divorce2014
Colorado BarIrrevocable Life Insurance Trusts2010
Colorado Bar AssociationEthics and Advising the Fiduciary2009
Colorado BarMarital Agreements2008
Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section RetreatWho Gets the Widgets When You're Gone? Planned and Unplanned Business Succession2007