Firm Overview

Colorado Trust and Estate Planning Lawyers

Founded in 1979, Buchanan & Stouffer specializes in the law of estate planning, business planning, estate administration and probate, and charitable/philanthropic planning. By concentrating on these niche practice areas, we offer clients deep expertise in complex estate and tax laws and strategies. Notably, we were named Best Law Firm in Colorado in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.

However, what we really do is help people.

Our job is to make the complex, intimidating task of planning for an uncertain future workable for our clients. We help individuals, including entrepreneurs, farmers and ranchers, manage their wealth and both build and protect their legacies. As part of this, we also focus on assisting families with planning for the care and well-being of family members with special needs.

Each client’s circumstances are unique. People are not interchangeable, and when it comes to estate or business planning, there is no such thing as one size fits all. That perspective informs everything we do. Our attorneys work closely and personally with clients to understand their specific short- and long-term goals. Before we can help them, we take the time to get to know them. Some of the relationships we began this way have lasted for thirty years. Not many law firms can say that.

They can’t because they use spreadsheets, standardized estate planning forms and cookie cutter processes. A standardized approach is more efficient (for the firm) and more profitable (for the firm). We are not interested in practicing that kind of law. We never forget that our clients are people, and our goal is to work with them for a long, long time by treating them as people. One at a time.

Our lawyers develop customized plans for each client. For every situation, we create a detailed, comprehensive strategy to maximize the assets clients leave as their legacy and minimize tax consequences for their families and businesses. In addition, we encourage them to incorporate statements of their own values into the legacy that they leave to their children, grandchildren and other family members.

We also think it’s important to take a collaborative, team-oriented approach to practicing law. Our attorneys work closely with each other and with outside professionals such as financial planners, investment advisors, accountants or insurance agents. By integrating all the professional perspectives available, our attorneys can more thoroughly understand our clients’ values and goals, and better support them.

Teamwork. Personal service. And nearly forty years of experience. That’s how we practice law at Buchanan & Stouffer.