Kevin D. Millard

Kevin D. Millard

Of Counsel

(303) 322-8943
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Kevin Millard started practicing private law in 1975 and became familiar with handling clients’ personal and family situations, as well as their individual personalities. Kevin treats every client with the same patience, consideration, honesty, and respect that he shows his own family. Kevin is grateful for the long-term client relationships he has been able to maintain throughout his career.

Overview

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Expert Witness

EDUCATION:

  • Kenyon College (B.A. magna cum laude, 1972)
  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1975)

RECOGNITIONS:

  • R. Sterling Ambler Award (2015)
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 5280 Top Lawyers

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Regent and Former State Chair of ACTEC
  • Author, Drafting Wills, Trusts, and Other Estate Planning Documents: A Style Manual (2006)
  • Teacher
    • Federal Estate & Gift Tax and Estate Planning, University of Colorado Law School
    • Trusts and Estates, University of Denver Law School
    • Trusts and Estates, University of Minnesota Law School
    • Trusts, William Mitchell College of Law

Affiliations & Presentations

ORGANIZATIONS:

  • American Bar Association; Member Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.
    • Insurance Committee (Vice Chair 1993–99).
    • Uniform Laws for Trusts and Estates Committee (Chair 2011–2012, Co-Chair 2008–2011, Co-Vice Chair 2006–2008).
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow.
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
    • Fellow, 1996–present.
    • Board of Regents, 2012–present.
    • Colorado State Chair, 2006–11.
    • Legal Education Committee, 1999–2014 (co-chair 2005–2008); 2017–present.
    • National Membership Selection Committee, 2017–present.
    • Nominating Committee, 2013–2014.
    • Observer to the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on the Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants, 2017–present.
    • Practice Committee, 1997–1999.
    • Program Committee, 2013–2016.
    • State Laws Committee, 1998–present (chair, 2013–2016;vice chair, 2012–2013; chair, subcommittee on Uniform Laws, 2010–2013; current developments liaison, 2009–2011).
    • Task Force on Academic Nominations, 2010–2011.
  • Colorado Bar Association; Member Section of Trust and Estate Law.
    • Section Chair, 2004–2005; Vice Chair, 2003–2004; Secretary/Treasurer, 2002–2003.
    • Section Council member, 2000–2002.
    • Orange Book Forms Committee (Co-Chair, 1999–2000; Chair 2000–2001).
    • Statutory Revisions Committee
      • Uniform Trust Code Subcommittee
      • Uniform Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities Subcommittee
      • Uniform Probate Code Amendments Subcommittee
      • Decanting Subcommittee
      • Chair, Insurable Interests in Trusts Subcommittee
      • Observer for Trust & Estate Section to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on Directed Trusts
      • Co-chair, Directed Trust Act Subcommittee
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow Emeritus
  • Denver Bar Association.
  • Denver Estate Planning Council.
  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council (President, 1992–1993; Vice President, 1991–1992; Treasurer, 1990–1991; Secretary, 1989–1990).
  • Scribes, The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects.
  • Trust & Estate Editorial Advisory Board, Bradford Publishing Company, 2005–2007.
  • Uniform Law Commission, Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, 2011–present (American College of Trust and Estate Counsel representative).
  • University of Colorado President’s Gift Planning Advisors, October 1, 2015–present.

RECENT CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS:

  • Beneficiary Rights and the Trustee's Duty to Inform: What Must the Trustee Tell Which Beneficiaries and When?, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Deer Valley, Utah, September 10, 2016.
  • Protecting Against Contests—What You Can Do to Minimize the Risk of a Successful Contest of Your Client’s Will, Revocable Trust, and Other Non-Probate Transfers, 36th Annual Estate Planning Retreat, CLE in Colorado, Snowmass, Colorado, June 9–11, 2016.
  • Trust and Estate Planning and Administration in Colorado After Baker v. Wood, Ris & Hames, PC, CLE in Colorado and the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, March 1, 2016.
  • The Trustee’s Duty to Inform: What Must the Trustee Tell Which Beneficiaries and When?—Policy Considerations, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Fall Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 18, 2014.
  • Will or Revocable Living Trust—Considerations in Selecting One or the Other, 33rd Annual Estate Planning Retreat, CLE in Colorado, Snowmass, Colorado, June 13–15, 2013.
  • Estate Planning in 2013 and Beyond—The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same, CLE in Colorado, February 5, 2013, Denver, Colorado.
  • Will or Revocable Living Trust—Considerations in Selecting One or the Other, Boulder County, Colorado, Bar Association Elder Law and Trust & Estate Sections, Boulder, Colorado, November 27, 2012.
  • How Current and Potential Anti-Money Laundering Good Practices, Legislation, and Regulation Relate to Transactional Lawyers’ Ethical Obligations, The Ethical Transactional Lawyer Meets Anti-Money Laundering Regulations—Can They Co-Exist?, CLE in Colorado, November 30, 2011, Denver, Colorado.
  • The Trustee’s Duty to Inform, El Paso County, Colorado Probate Section, October 12, 2011, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • The Trustee’s Duty to Inform, CLE in Colorado, August 2, 2011, Denver, Colorado.
  • Impact of the New Tax Law on Lifetime Estate Planning, Transfer Tax Reform: The Impact of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, CLE in Colorado, January 28, 2011, Denver, Colorado.
  • The Lawyer’s Role in Advising Clients About the Purchase of Life Insurance, 9th Annual Financial Planning Symposium, Financial Planning Association of Colorado and CFA Society of Colorado, July 15, 2010, Denver, Colorado.
  • Uses of Life Insurance in Estate Planning, Estate Planning Basic Skills, CLE in Colorado, April 16, 2010, Denver, Colorado.
  • The Impact of the Temporary Estate Tax "Repeal": What Do We Do Now???—Dealing With 2010 Deaths, CLE in Colorado, April 8, 2010, Denver, Colorado.

Publications

BOOKS:

Drafting Wills, Trusts, and Other Estate Planning Documents: A Style Manual, Bradford Publishing Company (2006).

Co-author with Lawrence Brody and Norman Lane, Federal Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxation of Life Insurance, ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (2nd ed. 1998).

Co-author with Christina Kunz, et al., The Process of Legal Research, Little, Brown and Company (1986).

RECENT ARTICLES:

Estate Planning and Administration in Colorado after Baker v. Woods, Ris & Hames, PC, 45 Colorado Lawyer 43 (October 2016).

Dealing with Estates of 2010 Decedents in Light of the Suspension of the Estate Tax, 29 Council Notes 1 (Summer 2010).

The Trustee’s Duty to Inform Under the Colorado Probate Code, 38 Colorado Lawyer 69 (November 2009).

Proprietarian and Contractarian Views of Trust Law, 27 Council Notes 6 (Winter 2008).

Rights of A Trust Beneficiary’s Creditors Under the Uniform Trust Code, 34 ACTEC J. 58 (Fall 2008).

The Trustee’s Duty to Inform and Report Under the Uniform Trust Code, 40 Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal 373 (Summer 2005).