GRESHAM LAW FIRM
An Estate Planning & Probate Law Firm
When faced with important decisions regarding your conventional or complex estate planning and trusts, probate and trust administration, or protective proceedings, we are here to help.
In accordance with the State’s Safer-At-Home initiative, Gresham Law Firm employees will begin working a modified schedule in the office, while continuing to practice recommended social distancing protocols, the wearing of face masks, and regular sanitation of common areas. We will continue having consultations with clients regarding their estate planning and probate needs through video conferencing, and are happy to be able to begin in-office conferences for clients who prefer to meet in person. Gresham Law Firm continues to prioritize the safety of our staff and clients as we continue client representation with as little disruption as possible.
Estate planning may be simple or complex but always requires specialized training and professional judgment obtained only through years of experience and study. A practicing attorney can help you avoid the many pitfalls and advise you of the best course of action for your individual situation. At the Gresham Law Firm, we take the time to meet with you to identify your individual needs and desires. We will advise you how to arrange your assets and prepare the appropriate documents to achieve your goals in the most efficient and effective manner. To begin your Estate Plan, send us an email and we will contact you to schedule an appointment to come in for a free consultation with attorney Spencer Gresham.
Estate planning is a process of arranging for the disposition of your assets to meet your goals, including guidance in the event of incapacity. You need to consider all of your assets, real property, personal property, cash, investments, life insurance, business interests, and those with unique characteristics. Do you have items which are special to you that you want to go to specific family members? Do you know that many of your assets could bypass probate if you die? Have you done any Medicaid planning? Are you eligible for Veteran’s benefits? We can help you review your assets and devise a plan that will fit your needs and circumstances. A proper estate plan can put your mind at ease knowing that your loved ones are provided for if you become incapacitated or should die. It can also assure that your wishes regarding health care are honored and your assets are managed in a manner you direct.
Probate and Trust Administration Procedures
Probate is the judicial process of gathering the assets of a deceased person’s estate and distributing those assets, or the cash derived from liquidating those assets, to beneficiaries of the decedent’s estate as set out in a Will. In some probate proceedings there is not a Will, and the probate process includes determining who the heirs of the estate are, and distributing the assets to those heirs through the judicial process. Our office can be as involved or uninvolved with the day-to-day administration of the probate estate as the Personal Representative desires. The probate process is not as simple as filling out and filing the case with the Court and, while we do prepare and file those forms for you, our representation goes much further. Our staff will guide you through the process of what needs to be done each step of the way, and will counsel you on legal strategies to protect the estate and Personal Representative (executor), to insure the process is as streamlined as possible.
Trust Administration is much the same process as Probate with the significant difference being there is no judicial process involved. The Trust Agreement of the deceased gives the Trustee of the Trust the same powers that a Personal Representative would have in a Probate proceeding. The assets are collected and distributed (or sometimes liquidated) and paid out to the beneficiaries named in the Trust Agreement.
Spencer A. Gresham
Attorney at law
I am an estate planning and probate attorney in Colorado Springs and am happy to serve the community in which I was raised. I graduated from Palmer High School in downtown Colorado Springs and received my B.A. from Colorado College in 1982. Deciding it was time to explore beyond our fantastic community, I went to Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas and received my law degree in 1985, before returning home to Colorado Springs. I started my career as a prosecutor in Fourth Judicial District serving El Paso and Teller counties. After leaving the District Attorney’s Office I joined my father’s law firm which was established in Colorado Springs in 1962. I have often said I was fortunate to have a mentor, in my father, who cared not about what I billed, but what I learned. My father also often said, “In the practice of law, your practice find you.” From criminal work to general civil litigation and business representation, my practice now, and for the last 15 years, is focused on estate planning and probate and trust administration. Our current culture is one of specialization and in that regard the law is no different. I am pleased to provide clients with specialized and experienced representation in my practice areas. I am also fortunate to be supported by two experienced paralegals who provide excellent service to our clients.
I am a member and Past-President, and past member of the El Paso County Bar Association, a past member of the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, and a member of the Trust and Estate section of the El Paso County Bar Association. I believe by helping our community we also help ourselves. I have served or currently am serving on the boards of local organizations and charities: Marson Foundation, Nutrition Camp School for Children, Cheyenne Village, Colorado Springs Better Business Bureau Foundation, Colorado Springs Teen Court, Colorado Springs Urban Peak, El Paso County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, El Paso County Bar Association – Call a Lawyer, Pikes Peak Legal Aid Board, Pikes Peak Mental Health Foundation Board, and First National Bank (now known as Bank of Colorado) Board of Directors.
- Estate Planning – Wills/Trusts/Powers of Attorney/Living Wills
- Probate and Trust Administration
- Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Fiduciary
- Colorado Bar Association Admitted 1985 (Past Member, Board of Governors)
- El Paso County Bar Association (Past President)
- Colorado Municipal Judge’s Association
- Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1985
- Colorado College, B.A., 1982
Sheila started her paralegal career as an intern for Gresham Law Firm in October 2014 while completing her Paralegal Certification through Pikes Peak Community College. Upon completion of her internship, she was hired by Gresham Law Firm.
Prior to working for Gresham Law Firm, Sheila earned a degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma (Go Sooners!!) and worked as a Social Worker in Houston, Texas.
Sheila enjoys volunteering at Tri-Lakes Cares, long walks with her cocker spaniel, quilting during snow storms, and catching a good movie now and then.
PARALEGAL & OFFICE MANAGER
Cheryl is a native of Colorado Springs who started her paralegal career while still in high school. For the last 25 years Cheryl has specialized in probate administration and enjoys helping clients negotiate the details of administering the estates of their loved ones. Cheryl’s legal background areas also include law office management, legal billing, estate planning, real estate, business law, corporate formation, and commercial landlord/tenant, among others. In her spare time Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, working around her home, and spending time with her beloved miniature schnauzers.
Cheryl is a long-time member of Pikes Peak Paralegals and has devoted years of volunteer time to HOA boards in Colorado Springs. Most recently Cheryl has enjoyed volunteering for National Mill Dog Rescue as a foster-mom for rescued dogs, keeping them in her home until they are placed in their fur-ever homes.
We would love to hear from you to see how we can assist you with your estate planning or probate or trust administration.