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Michelle Renae Smith

Elder law Attorney at Littleton, CO

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 19 years
    Colorado - CO 21 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    30%
    Medicaid Qualification and Planning, VA Benefits, Long Term Care issues

    21 years

  2. Estate planning
    30%
    Wills, trusts, directives to physicians, powers of attorney for healthcare and finances, HIPAA releases, and more.

    21 years

  3. Probate
    25%
    Estate and Trust Administration

    21 years

  4. Guardianship
    15%
    Assist clients with initiating proceedings, qualification and administration of guardianship and/or conservatorship for incapacitated adults, loved ones with special needs, and minors.

    21 years

A planner and protector by nature, I enjoy helping clients whether they are planning their family's future and their own retirement or trying to determine the best option in the midst of a family medical crisis. Either way, everything I do is about connecting with my clients and helping them achieve some peace of mind.

I grew up in the Dallas, Texas area, and went to law school at the University of Utah. During law school, I volunteered with the Senior Law Project at Utah Legal Services and served as a judicial intern for Administrative Law Judge Harvey Sweitzer at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals - Probate Hearings Division. I also worked as a graduate research assistant to Professor Lee Hollaar at the University of Utah, for whom I reviewed and edited the intellectual property treatise, “Legal Protection of Digital Information” (BNA Books, 2002).

I practiced in Texas for several years, where I was regularly appointed by the Dallas County Probate Courts as an attorney ad litem in both guardianship and probate matters. I moved to Colorado in early 2009, and joined a small elder law firm. I'm now Senior Counsel and the Managing Member of Smith & Mitchell, LLC.

Location

Smith & Mitchell, LLC
4 W. Dry Creek Circle
Suite 100
Littleton, CO, 80120

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Reviews

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Posted by Ann | July 21, 2014
Always Prepared!
Michelle went above and beyond what was required during the application/determination process of obtaining Medicaid for my parents. The determination took over a year and despite this long time frame, Michelle continued to be current with the case. She was professional, knowlegeable, and courteous during the whole process. She is a very genuine person and her confidence seems so natural -- a result of her excellent preparation and strong knowledge.
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Posted by Jack | June 2, 2014
Elder Law professional
Michelle was extremely courteous, knowledgeable and helpful in the preparation of all the paperwork and communications with the Colorado Medicaid agencies involved with getting my wife admitted to a nursing home. I would highly recommend "Shupe and Associates" elder law firm and Ms. Smith in particular. Thank you.
Posted by Ted | May 28, 2014
Michelle
I hired Michelle to clean up title issues on some properties and probate issues. She was fast and prompt in answering questions and getting the proper documents recorded.
Posted by George | May 27, 2014
Michelle is Magnificent!
Michelle was the perfect lawyer and human to help us set up medical and financial powers of attorney for a family member who was mentally impaired. She dealt with our family member in a gentle and compassionate manner and helped him understand the need for signing the documents. She made sure that the documents had all of the "ts" crossed all of the "is" dotted! I would recommend her is a heartbeat!
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Response from Michelle Smith May 28, 2014
Thank you, George! I do want to clarify for others who may be reading your review, that a person's mental capacity to execute powers of attorney has to be carefully considered on a case by case basis. In many cases, a guardianship or conservatorship proceeding will be more appropriate.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Smith & Mitchell, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michelle R. Smith
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Steven R. Owens, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2004

Education

  • University of Utah
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Texas System, Arlington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • Lawyers with Purpose
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Women's Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Trust & Estate Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estate Section
  • Former Member
  • 2004 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • VA Accredited Attorney
  • Veterans Administration
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • 25th Annual Conference - Denver Association of Family Child Care
  • Financial Planning & Wills
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (1)
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Probate Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michelle is a former employee of my firm and I found her to be dedicated, intelligent and very client-oriented. I would recommend her for anyone needing a good guardianship, conservatorship or estate planning attorney."
Estate planning

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Littleton Elder law Lawyer Michelle Renae Smith
Michelle Renae Smith
Elder law Attorney
Littleton, CO
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation