Kevin D. Millard

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Kevin D. Millard

Overview

Kevin D. Millard was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1950. He is a graduate of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio (B.A. magna cum laude 1972), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. cum laude 1975). Mr. Millard was in private law practice in Minneapolis from 1975 until 1981. During 1980–81, Mr. Millard was an assistant professor of law, teaching trust law and co-directing the legal research and writing program at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. During the same academic year, he also taught trusts and estates at the University of Minnesota Law School. He then moved to Denver, Colorado and resumed private law practice, but he continues to enjoy teaching law, and has taught Trusts & Estates at the University of Denver Law School (1984–87), and Estate Planning (1993–2003) and Federal Estate & Gift Tax (2016) at the University of Colorado Law School. Mr. Millard is active in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the Trust and Estate section of the Colorado Bar Association. He has presented numerous continuing legal education programs and is the author of several published articles and author or co-author of three books. Mr. Millard limits his practice to estate planning, estate and trust administration, and serving as a consulting expert or expert witness in trust and estate matters.

Education:

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

Affiliations

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).
Nominating Committee, 2013–2014.
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 on the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on Directed Trusts).

Colorado Bar Foundation.

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.

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).

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.

Recognitions

Listed in Best Lawyers®; Named Lawyer of the Year—Trusts and Estates (2013, Denver).

Martindale-Hubbell peer rating of 5/5.0 AV®Preeminent.

Listed in Super Lawyers.

Named a 2015-2017 “Denver Top Lawyer” by 5280 Magazine.

2015 recipient of the Colorado Bar Association Trust & Estate Section R. Sterling Ambler Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to the trust and estate practice in Colorado.