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Richard D. Hughes

Estate planning Attorney at Denver, CO

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  • Licensed for 51 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1973
    Active No misconduct found

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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Avoid Probate and Unnecessary Taxes with a Living Trust Provide for Loved Ones with the IRA Stretch-Out "Bulletproof" Your Living Trust to Keep Family Assets Safe Long-Term (Life Care) Planning Medicare, Social Security, and Disability Planning Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Protect Your Estate from Unnecessary Taxes Protecting Your Pets (Pet Trusts)

    50 years, 20,000 cases

  2. Elder law
    Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection Differences Between Colorado Medicare and Medicaid Caring for a Parent or Loved One Finding a Nursing Home/Long-Term Care Facility Financial Assistance for Long-Term Care Health Care Benefits for Veterans Coping with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia Hospice Care

    50 years, 20,000 cases

  3. Probate
    Probate, Estate and Trust Settlements Contesting a Will

    50 years, 20,000 cases

  4. Guardianship
    Guardianships and Conservatorships

    50 years, 20,000 cases

RichardHughes, a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Denver Collegeof Law, has hosted scores of seminars, workshops and panel discussions on avariety of topics including probate avoidance, tax savings, disability issues,asset-protection strategies, Medicaid law and trust planning.

Mr.Hughes is a member of the Denver Bar Association, the Elder Law Section of theColorado Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, theRocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, theColorado Estate Planning Education Council and WealthCounsel.  He is a former director of the NationalNetwork of Estate Planning Attorneys and Liberty Savings Bank, FSB.


  He is proud of his Martindale Hubbell AV rating, hisloyal staff of 13 professionals, his beautiful daughters – Hallie and Lauren -and the privilege of serving over 500,000 members of Colorado’s best state and federal creditunions through the firm’s Credit Union Group Legal Benefits Program.


Whether speaking in a seminar or confidential clientsetting, Mr. Hughes translates the law and planning strategies into plainEnglish and zeros in on real-life issues that concern most every Americanfamily – regardless of means.




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The Hughes Law Firm


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Posted by kay | July 1, 2013
problems solved
When I heard Mr. Hughes speak, I realizedI needed his services. I have property with wheat & oil plus a home in Kansas. I have been concerned that if it isn't protected, I could lose it. My family & I met with Mr Hughes and he outlined a plan that would protect everything. It has been a big problem solved and I am so glad to have it planned so I wouldn't lose it. Mr. Hughes gave us guidance & help in creating a living trust which will avoid complications & save money at my death. I am thankful I chose Mr Hughes and his firm. I would definately recommend hin to othr=ers.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Hughes Law Firm
  • 1974 - Present


  • Indiana University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1968
  • University of Denver College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Alzheimer's Asset-Protection Planning
  • $115,000 saved, together with early Medicaid qualification


  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
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  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
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  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council
  • Member
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  • Colorado Estate Planning Education Council
  • Member
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  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
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  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Former Director
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Voice of Experience
  • InsideCounsel SuperConference
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Denvers Top Wealth Managers
  • Colorado Biz
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Hughes. I have worked with Richard as co-counsel and am delighted with the care and expertise he provides to clients. Richard Hughes is a highly trusted and experienced attorney in Colorado, and a leader in elder law and estate planning. Whether you are in need of a simple update to your existing planning, or have complex elder law, estate and business planning needs, Richard will provide you with excellent advice, service and support."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Richard for many years and have worked with him for the past three. His level of knowledge, skill and ethics is outstanding. His is compassionate and caring, which allows him to empathize with clients going through very trying times in their lives. His clients love him and it is easy to see why. I would have no reservations about recommending Richard to anyone in need of a truly fine Elder Law attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Richard for over ten years and am familiar with his practice. He is the lawyer to go to in Denver for Elder law."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Strong educational and technical background highly respected in lawyer circles around the country."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer in both the area of Estate Planning and Elder Law. I have known him for about 10 years and his expertise in the areas he practices is unparalled. He is extremely competent and maintains the highest ethical standards of practice of law"
Elder law Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It's a pleasure to endorse Richard Hughes. Paul is an excellent attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable in Medicaid Planning, Alzheimer’s planning and Veterans Benefits. Richard strives to give great service to his clients and is dedicated to their needs. I highly recommend him due to his expertise and personal dedication to her clients."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard can bring calmness to the most stressful situation. He has the legal skill and experience necessary to serve as a trustworthy guide to seniors and their families. Attorneys from around the country look to Richard for guidance in the elder law field. I highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a true leader in the estate planning field. I have know him at least five years as a fellow member of a group of elder law and estate planning attorneys that get together twice a year and help each other stay on the cutting edge of elder law and estate planning issues. I am confident you will receive excellent service from Richard and his staff."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Richard Hughes for more than a decade. He is an incredibly well-respected and talented attorney who offers cutting edge legal solutions along with a very caring manner. I give him my highest recommendation"
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Denver Estate planning Lawyer Richard D. Hughes
Richard D. Hughes
Estate planning Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 51 years
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