Laurie A. Hunter

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4500 Cherry Creek Dr. S., #600
Denver, Colorado  80246
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Laurie A. Hunter

Overview

Laurie A. Hunter, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University (B.A. 1975) and the University of Denver College of Law (J.D. 1981). Ms Hunter has been in private law practice in Denver since 1981. Ms. Hunter was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 1998, and she serves on the State Laws and Digital Assets Committees. Ms. Hunter is active in the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and a frequent speaker on trust and estate issues. She was Chair of the Section (1997-1998), Secretary/Treasurer (1988-1989) and (1994-1995), and a Member of Council (1989-1990) and (2013-2015). Ms. Hunter was Chair of the Colorado Estate Planning (Orange Book) Forms Committee (2001-2002) and Chair of the Rules and Forms Committee (2013-2015). She serves on the Statutory Revisions Committee, Orange Book Committee and has served on the Uniform Trust Code Committee and the Uniform Probate Code II Steering Committee. Ms. Hunter was Co-Editor of The Green Book (1986-1996) and is author of CLE’s Gifts to Minors. She is also the author of the annual updates to C. Jean Stewart, Colorado Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration Forms, published by LexisNexis (2007-2015). Ms. Hunter is active with other professional organizations, including the Women's Estate Planning Council [served as Co-Program Chair (2005-2006) and Secretary (2013-2015)]; the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council; and DTC Chapter of Business and Professional Women (Secretary 2004-2006). Ms. Hunter is also active in the community, particularly with Girl Scouts (a leader for 9 years, and Unit Events Coordinator), Boy Scouts and Parker United Methodist Church.  Ms. Hunter’s practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration. Ms. Hunter has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, and is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers. Ms. Hunter was also recognized by the Colorado Bar Association/CLE in Colorado, Inc. as a 2012 recipient of the Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence for her dedication and outstanding contributions to CBA/CLE programs and publications. Ms. Hunter received the R. Sterling Ambler Award in 2014 from the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association for outstanding contributions to the trust and estate practice in Colorado. She was recognized in the inaugural 2015 edition of 5280 Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Trusts and Estates.

Expert Witness Testimony:
Augmented Estate Issue:
     Estate of Hefley, Baca County District Court, November 1989
     Estate of Peays, Denver Probate Court, October 2001
Trusts in Divorce Matter:
     In Re the Marriage of Taylor, Eagle County District Court, 2014

Education:
Carnegie-Mellon University, B.A. 1975
University of Denver College of Law, J.D. 1981

Affiliations

Member:
Colorado Bar Association
     Trust & Estate Section
          Chair (1997-1998)
          Member of Council (1989-1990) and (2013-2015)
          Secretary-Treasurer (1988-1989) and (1994-1995)
          Orange Book Forms Committee
               Chair (2001-2002)
               Member (1990-1993) and (1995-2015)
          Statutory Revisions Committee (1985-2015)
          Rules and Forms Committee
                Chair (2013-2015)
                Member (2004-2015)
          UPC II Steering Committee (1991-1995)
          UPC III Committee (2008-2013)
          Uniform Trust Code Committee (1999-2007)
          Internet Editor (1999-2002)
Women's Estate Planning Council
     Co-Program Chair (2005-2006)
     Secretary (2013-2015)
Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council
Business and Professional Women, Colorado Federation, DTC Chapter
     Board Member and Member (2004-2007)

Fellow:
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (1998-2015)
     State Laws Committee
     Digital Assets Committee
     Charitable Planning Committee
     Fiduciary Income Tax Committee

Speaker
:
(Mostly for Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.), including:

Elective Share Statutory Changes, October 2014

Orange Book FormsOctober 2012

Estate Planning for Married Couples with Larger Estates (in Basic EP CLE), April 2002, March 2004, March 2006, February 2008, March 2010, March 2012

Distributions to Minors in Estates (in Advanced Probate CLE), February 2012

Estate Planning for Blended Families, March 2011

The UTC: What's All the Fuss About?, Women's Estate Planning Council, June 2008

Rights of Surviving SpousesEl Paso County Estate Planning Bar, April 2008

Uniform Trust CodeDU Advanced Tax Institute, Spetember 2007

Dead Exes: Probate IssuesAdvanced Family Law Institute, December 2006

New Ethics Rules (in Trial of a Will Contest CLE), September 2006

Why Do I Need a Probate?DU Elder Law Interdisciplinary Institute, March 2005

Rights of Surviving Spouses (in Probate Basic Skills CLE), February 2003, March 2005

Funding Testamentary TrustsMarch 2004

My Client Just Died, Now What?, Women's Estate Planning Council, August 2004

Representing the Surviving Spouse (in Litigating Contested Wills CLE), September 2003

Top Ten Ways to Increase Probate Costs Through Drafting ErrorsColorado Bar Association Institute, Trust & Estate Section, September 2001

Beneficiary DesignationsColorado Women's Bar Association Convention, March 2000

Rights of the Surviving Spouse and Family (in Basic Probate Administration CLE), April 1999

Estate Planning IssuesCLE on Unbundling Your Practice, September 1997

Colorado Estate Plan Law UpdateDU Advanced Tax Institute, September 1997

Annual Probate Law UpdateColorado Bar Association, Trust & Estate Section Estate Planning Retreat, June 1997

Estate Planning and Blended FamiliesColorado Women's Bar Association Convention, March 1996

UPC II, "Elective Share", October 1994

Policy Considerations Behind UPC IIColorado Bar Association, Trust & Estate Section Estate Planning Retreat, June 1994

Publications

CO-EDITOR:
The Green Book, Selected Colorado Materials on Wills, Estates, Trusts and Taxes, Published by CLE in Colorado, Inc. (1986-1996)

Colorado Estate Planning Forms, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2004

AUTHOR:
Estate Planning for Closely-Held Businesses, Chapter 66 in Krendl's Colorado Methods of Practice, West Pub. Co. and Annual Updates (1982-1997)

Introduction to Estate Planning, Chapter 1 in The Estate Planning Handbook, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014

Gifts to Minors Monograph, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2015 Updates

Annual Updates to C. Jean Stewart, Colorado Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration Forms, LexisNexis (2007-2015)



Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America (2003-2015)

Colorado Super Lawyers 
(2005-2015)

AV Rating (Highest Level)
Martindale-Hubbell

Denver Best Personal Wealth Manager
5280 Magazine (2009-2012)

Richard N. Doyle Award of Excellence
Colorado Bar Association/Continuing Legal Education, 2012

Top Rated Lawyer and Woman Leader in the Law
American Lawyer Media, 2013
Martindale-Hubbell, 2013

R. Sterling Ambler Award
Colorado Bar Association, Trust & Estate Section, 2014

Top Lawyer in Trusts and Estates
5280 Magazine, 2015 (Inaugural Year)