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Leia G. Ursery

Ms. Ursery’s practice is focused in the areas of trust and estate law and elder law.

From a planning perspective, Ms. Ursery collaborates with a diverse array of families to assist them in achieving their goals.  Her clients include those with simplified estate planning needs and those with more complex planning objectives such as wealth, tax, charitable and business succession planning.  Additionally, Ms. Ursery has extensive experience in the preparation of marital agreements.

In terms of administration and litigation, Ms. Ursery is available to help navigate the process and procedure required when loved ones have passed or are incapacitated or disabled.  Ms. Ursery has a strong background in probate litigation, including will contests, breaching of fiduciary and removal actions, fiduciary surcharge actions, and asset recovery actions.

Outside of the office, Ms. Ursery enjoys teaching and is a frequent volunteer at the Denver Probate Court Pro Se Clinic and with the Wills Lab Clinic and Tribal Wills Project at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Court Memberships

  • State of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court 

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2010 - 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rate by Martindale-Hubbell, 2014-2017

Professional Affiliations

  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow, 2017 - present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2004 - present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 2004 - present
    • Legislative Policy Committee, Member, 2014 - Present
    • Trust and Estate Section, Member and Current Vice-Chair, 2004 - Present
    • Executive Council, Member, 2008-2009 and 2013-2015
    • Elder Law Section, Member, 2004 - Present
    • Tax Section, Member, 2012 - 2015
    • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (COBALT), Class of 2013
  • Colorado Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2007 - present
  • Denver Bar Association, 2004 - present
    • Colorado Board of Governors Representative, 2013 - 2015
  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, 2013 – present
  • Chief Justice Commission, 2015 – present

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Estate Planning: Use of Wills,” Elder Law in Colorado, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., Fifth Edition, 2017
  • Co-Editor, “Estate Planning: Use of Wills,” Elder Law in Colorado, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., Fourth Edition, 2011 – 2016

Presentations

  • Presenter, “Planning and Administration for Multi-State Clients,” Colorado Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education, October 2017
  • Presenter, “The New Determination Statute… When Will We Need It?” Colorado Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education, December 2016
  • Presenter, “Nuts and Bolts of Mineral Title Examination – Probate Proceedings in Conveyance of Mineral Interests,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, April 2015
  • Presenter, “Colorado Elder Law: Veterans Benefits,” PESI, Inc., April 2013/April 2014/April 2015
  • Presenter, “Orange Book Forms: The Engagement Letter: Factfinder, Beneficiary Designations and Deeds,” Colorado Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education, October 2012
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  • Denver

    1515 Wynkoop Street
    Suite 600
    Denver, CO 80202
F: 720.931.3201

Assistant

Catherine Brunetti 
720.931.3247

Education

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2010

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2004

University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.B.A., 2000