Karen H. Shirley is an estate planning and small business attorney. Her firm was formed with the needs of growing families, and growing business, in mind. Karen provides personalized, affordable legal services to select families and businesses. Besides foundational estate planning, she has experience drafting special needs, charitable and pet trusts as well as with water law and real estate. She works with her clients to protect their familes and businesses now and build solid futures.
Karen serves families and individuals in all stages of life, from post-high school adulthood to empty nesters and retirees. Karen particularly enjoys working with families with young children. As a working parent herself, she understands the chaotic and demanding schedules parents face when raising children. She accommodates working family’s needs by offering evening and weekend appointments and “house calls” in addition to traditional office hours.
Karen counsels families and business owners to make informed legal decisions. To do this, she meets with you to learn about you, your family and/or business to get as complete a picture of your situation as possible. She then helps you put plans in place that maximize your chance to achieve your goals while minimizing risk and planning for potential problems.
Karen’s clients love the regular, open communication and flat fees at her firm. The client-centered approach leads to building a personal lawyer-client relationship that lasts a lifetime. The individualized legal services she offers benefit every client – so contact her today to become part of her client family and see the difference a caring law firm will make in your life.
Karen is a Colorado native, who grew up in Colorado Springs. When not providing legal assistance to her clients, she can be found outside enjoying time with her family, sharing her knowledge about eating gluten free and reading (usually fiction).
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Excellence in Diversity||US Environmental Protection Agency||2011|
|Managing Attorney||Holmes Shirley Law||2011 - Present|
|Environmental Protection Specialist||Us Environmental Protection Agency||2010 - 2012|
|Associate||Buchanan and Sperling, P.C.||2007 - 2010|
|District Manager||Upper Gunnison Water Conservancy District||2004 - 2006|
|Associate||Timothy R. Buchanan, P.C.||2002 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce||Member||2014 - Present|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2013 - Present|
|Alliance of Professional Women||Member||2013 - Present|
|Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Better Living - Castle Rock||Heads of Estate||2015|
|Ten Tasty Tacos||Ten Tasty Tacos||2012|
|EPA Region 8||EPA Region 8 Environmental Regulations for Small Communities Handbook (editor 2010 edition)||2011|
|Gunnison Country Times||Is the Drought Really Over?||2005|
|University of Colorado||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of Denver||Environmental Science and Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Welcome to the Afterlife: The Practical Workshop for Teens and Parents on Life After Graduation||Legal Rights & Responsibilities for Young Adults||2016|
|Healthy Living Expo||Wills & Wellness: Why Estate Planning Is Important to Your Families Health||2015|
|June 2014 Meeting||First Steps: Financial Planning After Death||2014|
|Indian Law Clinic||Estate Planning For Tribal Members||2008|
|Extended Studies Program||Western Water History, Law and Politics||2005|
|Colorado Water Workshop||Along the Gunnison River||2004|