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John R Phillips

Estate planning Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

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Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Estate Planning includes: Wills, Trusts (Revocable Living, Irrevocable, Testementary, Special Needs, Pet), Asset Protection, Living Wills, Mixed Family Planning, Non-Probate Transfers, Minor Children Planning and Business Succession Planning.

    41 years

  2. Elder law
    Elder abuse and exploitation is on the rise as the baby boomers hit retirement and beyond. We will fight for you and your loved ones to protect them.

    41 years

  3. Probate
    Simple probate filing to probate litigation to estate administration. Our attorneys can work with you on Contested Wills and Trusts, competency issues, claims against fiduciaries, undue influence, questionable will changes, senior financial exploitation, and small estates issues.

    41 years

  4. Guardianship
    Perhaps the most difficult thing you may have to do is establish guardianship and conservatorship over a loved. With medical science allowing us to live longer there is an increasing amount of mental disability problems each year. Through proper estate planning we can help avoid this but in some cases there are no better options.

    41 years

  5. Other

  6. Uncontested divorce
    Our staff mediator can help guide you in the divorce process to help keep the costs down. Why spend a ton of money to just end up in the same place? We will help you separate the emotion and pain of ending a marraige from the legal portion. Start the healing by not inflicting financial ruin on each other so you can move on faster.

    23 years

John brings a rich and diverse business and practical business background to the practice of Law.  He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver School of Law where he served on the Law Review.  Admitted to practice in 1982, he has handled a variety of types of law, but has found Estate Planning to be the area in which he wishes to specialize.


John has written and teaches extensive continuing education courses in estate planning for certified public accountants, certified financial planners, attorneys, investment executives and insurance professionals, as well as teaching the academic estate planning module for CFP® candidates and seminars on Estate Planning fundamentals for the general public.  He has had articles published in national periodicals.  He has appeared on Heartbeat of America with William Shatner and also Haystack TV.


John is also a Certified Financial Planner, has served as an Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan State College in Denver


John is extensively involved in his community serving on the Arapahoe-Douglas Mental Health  board of directors and performs regularly with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus where he sings low bass.

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Phillips & Blow, PC
7700 E Arapahoe Rd
Suite 100
Denver, CO, 80202


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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly skilled and knowledgable
I started with one of his seminars and was impressed that there was a ton of information and zero buy today pressure. I got all my questions answered and then my wife and I went for a consultation. We left the consultation with several options to think about and exact costs for each. We had John do a Trust for us and we were highly impressed by the detail and customization of the documents. He and his staff took the time to explain everything throughly and made us feel at ease. Impressed that the follow up questions several months down the road didn't generate a bill. I have sent several family members to them and always recommend him and his partner Justin to anybody who asks.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Metro State University
  • 2001 - Present
  • Owner
  • J R Phillips & Associates
  • 1985 - Present


  • CFP Board of Standards
  • Certified Financial Planner Certificate
  • 2000
  • Series 6 & 7 Licenses
  • 1998
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970
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  • AARP Legal Services Network
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • South Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • BBB - Denver/Boulder
  • Gold Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015


  • Personal Financial Planning Monthly
  • Will Versus Trust: Which Is Better
  • 2001
  • Apollo Group
  • Joint Tenancy€“ All You Need to Know
  • 1999
  • Apollo Group
  • Divorce and Estate Planning
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Certified Financial Planners Program
  • CFP Preparatory Course€“ Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Community Education Series
  • Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Spring FPA Meeting
  • Estate Planning in the New World Order
  • 2013
  • Community Education
  • The Complete Trust Workshop
  • 2010
  • School of Business
  • Estate Planning for Finance Majors
  • 2002
  • Sentra Securities Meeting
  • Basic Estate Planning Made Understandabl
  • 2002
  • CPA CE
  • Estate Planning for CPAs
  • 2002
  • SunAmerica Securities Meeting
  • Estate Planning
  • 2001
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"John's extensive knowledge of Estate Planning and Probate is impressive, but his knack for dealing with the human aspect of these cases is what sets him apart from other attorneys in his field."
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