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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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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 75%
  2. Business: 14%
  3. Probate: 9%
  4. Real Estate: 2%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Donald Corky Eby

    I recommend Karen she is experienced, knowledgeable, and personally cares for her clients!


    Donald Eby Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew D. Kurpanek

    Karen is a quality estate planning attorney. I have no hesitation in recommending her.


    Andrew Kurpanek Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Holmes Shirley Law

333 Perry Street, Suite 204
Castle Rock, CO, 80104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Excellence in DiversityUS Environmental Protection Agency2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyHolmes Shirley Law2011 - Present
Environmental Protection SpecialistUs Environmental Protection Agency2010 - 2012
AssociateBuchanan and Sperling, P.C.2007 - 2010
District ManagerUpper Gunnison Water Conservancy District2004 - 2006
AssociateTimothy R. Buchanan, P.C.2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Castle Rock Chamber of CommerceMember2014 - Present
WealthCounselMember2013 - Present
Alliance of Professional WomenMember2013 - Present
Douglas/Elbert County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Better Living - Castle RockHeads of Estate2015
Ten Tasty TacosTen Tasty Tacos2012
EPA Region 8EPA Region 8 Environmental Regulations for Small Communities Handbook (editor 2010 edition)2011
Gunnison Country TimesIs the Drought Really Over?2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of Denver Sturm College of LawEnvironmental Science and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Welcome to the Afterlife: The Practical Workshop for Teens and Parents on Life After GraduationLegal Rights & Responsibilities for Young Adults2016
Healthy Living ExpoWills & Wellness: Why Estate Planning Is Important to Your Families Health2015
June 2014 MeetingFirst Steps: Financial Planning After Death2014
Indian Law ClinicEstate Planning For Tribal Members2008
Extended Studies ProgramWestern Water History, Law and Politics2005
Colorado Water WorkshopAlong the Gunnison River2004