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As a 10 year old growing up, Frank witnessed firsthand the damage a catastrophic injury can cause to a family when his aunt Cholly, at the age of 31, was severely injured in a head-on car accident. She was in a coma for almost ten years, and ultimately passed away without ever waking up. After experiencing the heart wrenching consequences such a situation causes spouses, children, parents and siblings, he developed a passion for helping people plan to minimize the damage should the worst happen.


Frank graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. degree in Political Science in 1992, and the University of Colorado School of Law in December 1995. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in May of 1996. Frank is a member of theDenverand Colorado Bar Associations, as well as theCBATrust and Estate, and Elder Law Sections. He has been a member of the Denver Estate Planning Council since 2000. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and worked closely with, and served as a volunteer guardian for, the Guardianship Alliance of Colorado.


Frank focuses his practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Charitable Planning, Legacy Planning, Medicaid and Public Benefits Planning, Business Planning (including entity formation and succession planning), Estate and Gift Tax Planning, Real Estate transactions (including construction law), Consumer Advocacy and Estate and Trust Administration and Litigation. He has prepared over 3400 estate plans as an attorney, as well as handling over 750 estate and trust administrations. He has given over 650 seminars on estate planning to various groups including those associated with Senior Planning Services, Kaiser Permanente, US West/Qwest, Capital Management Group, the Colorado association of Public Employees, the Communications Workers of America, Local Plumbers and Pipefitters Unions, Senior Tax Advisory, Colorado State Employee Credit Union, AG Edwards, Edward Jones, Wells Fargo Bank, The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Coors Credit Union and numerous churches and labor unions throughout the state. 


He is a regular attorney on LawLine 9, as well as Tom Martino’s Troubleshooter radio and tv shows.  He teaches classes on Estate Planning and Estate/Trust Administration for the Colorado Bar Association, National Business Institute, Front RangeCommunity Collegeand ColoradoMountainCollege.  He has co-authored a book titled, “How to Protect Your Family’s Assets From Devastating Nursing Home Costs--Medicaid Secrets”.  He also co-authored the “Planning for Special Needs Children” Chapter in the Colorado Handbook of Elder Law.  He has twice been named a prestigious Five Star Wealth Advisor for 2010 and 2011 by 5280 magazine and ColoradoBiz magazine.  Frank is a Colorado native who graduated from Regis Jesuit High School.  He has a six year old son.


Languages spoken: Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    20 years
  2. Elder Law: 15%
    20 years
  3. Probate: 13%
    20 years
  4. Trusts: 10%
    20 years
  5. Other: 27%
  6. More 



Hourly ($275/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Douglass S Lodmell

    I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Danzo. I have worked with Frank as co-counsel and am delighted with the care and expertise he provides to clients. Frank is a trusted and experienced attorney in the Denver area. Whether you are in need of a simple update to your existing planning, or have complex estate and business planning needs, Frank will provide you with excellent advice, service and support.


    Douglass Lodmell Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • James R. Thompson

    I endorse this lawyer completely. Being a lawyer myself, I am certainly very careful who I select when I need legal work. I chose Frank to prepare my Estate Planning documents. I don't think I could give anyone a better endorsement than that.


    James Thompson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Chayet & Danzo, LLC

650 South Cherry Street, Suite 710
Denver, CO, 80246-1230


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top Estate Planning AttorneyFive Star Professional2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top Estate Planning AttorneyFive Star Professional2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Estate Planning AttorneyFive Star Professional2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Estate Planning AttorneyFive Star Professional2012
5 Star AwardFive Star Professional2011
5 Star AwardFive Star Professional2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerChayet & Danzo LLC2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2002 - Present
Denver Estate Planning CouncilMember2000 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Thousands of Estate Planning CasesAlways better than with no planning. Rarley a flaw.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Colorado Elder Law HandbookSpecial Needs Chapter2015
BookMedicaid Secrets2015
Colorado Elderlaw HandbookSpecial Needs Chapter2014
Colorado Elder Law HandbookSpecial Needs Chapter2013
BookMedicaid Secrets2013
Colorado Elder Law HandbookSpecial Needs Chapter2012
Colorado Bar AssociationColorado Elder Law Handbook2011
BookMedicaid Secrets2011
BookMedicaid Secrets2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Colorado - BoulderPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wills & TrustsEstate Planning 1012015
Retirement PlanningEstate Planning 1012015
Lunch and LearnEstate Planning 1012015
Retirement PlanningEstate Planning 1012014
Fiscal Fitness WorkshopEstate Planning 1012013
Fiscal Fitness WorkshopEstate Planning and Asset Protection2012
Wills & TrustsEstate Planning and Elder Law2011
Seniors Helping SeniorsEstate and Asset Protection Planning2011
Opportunities in the Current MarketEstate Planning and Asset Protection2011
Green Mountain Optimist Club MeetingEstate Planning and Asset Protection2011
Estate Planning and Asset ProtectionEstate and Medicaid Planning2011