Colorado Springs lawyer firm limited to Probate Administration and Litigation,
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business and related matters.
This firm is committed to providing clients with competent and practiced legal services
assisting them with Estates, Guardianships, Conservatorships, and Trust Administration,
Real Estate, and Business Transfers with Interim Business Maintenance, with litigation support
where necessary. Litigation services are limited to probate matters and real estate titling.
Nearly 20 years as a business lawyer and commercial litigator have led Mr. Holder
to a full understanding of the problems that poor writing can cause in court. The writing and
financial skills developed during those years, and an acquired understanding of the trials and
tribulations of the small business owner serve well in the estate planning and probate areas.
An understanding of compounding growth and the value of one's legacy to surviving family
members are key ingredients to effective assistance in planning for the future.
Mr. Holder is active in the Trust and Estates Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and for
three years was the chairman of the Probate Rules & Forms Committee, which drafted required
forms used in probate courts statewide. As a member of that section's Statutory Revisions
Committee he is chair its sub-committee responsible for review of the proposed Uniform Powers
of Attorney Act. For fiscal year 2008 - 2009, and served as chair of the committee responsible for
drafting and revising the Estate Planning Forms Book (also commonly known as the "Orange Book"),
a publication of Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.
"Drafting Effective Contingent Remainders -or- Divorce My Kid and You're Out!," Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section Council Notes, December 2003; "Medical Secrecy, Powers of Attorney and the Web," El Paso County Bar Newsletter, February 2004; "How Charitable Trusts Work," "New Unintended Results of Living Trusts -or- Divorce My Kid and You Win" The Origin of Modern Day Trusts," "Are Estate Taxes Really a Dying Breed?" "How to Beat Estate Taxes," "Non-Tax Uses of Trusts," "Who's in Charge Here, Anyway?" "Legislature Gets Tainted View of Proposed Uniform Trust Code," "The Great Financial Turf War: Bankers v. Brokers, Part I," "The Great Financial Turf War: Bankers v. Brokers, Part II," Daily Transcript Newspaper, January - March 2004. Member: El Paso County (Member, Probate Section) and The Colorado Bar Associations (Member: Trusts and Estates Section; Chair, 2004, 2005, 2006 Rules and Forms Committee). Practice Areas: Estate Planning; Ancillary Probate; Wills; Probate; Real Estate; Commercial Law; Trusts and Estates; Guardianship and Conservatorship; Charitable Giving.
Since the earliest days of his practice in 1975, Mr. Holder has been engaged in estate planning and commercial
litigation. As he "matured" he reduced his commercial litigation activities and began limiting his courtroom
time to probate matters and questions involving what are called "future interests" in real estate titles. Much
of his litigation practice is now devoted to questions of whether a will or some part of one is valid or fatally
flawed by the way it is written or because of the fraud or undue influence of another. Since Colorado has
common law marriage, questions of whether a person was or was not married at the time of death or incapacity
are not uncommon. Resolution of such issues in the emotionally charged arena of a loved-one's recent
death requires an experienced and level headed approach. Mike Holder is uniquely equipped to advise
a client on the state of the law, the realities of making one's case, and providing experienced representation
in court. Because of his long experience in commercial litigation, Mike Holder is well equipped to lend advice
concerning the "bottom line" or real value of a case, given the expenses of estate administration, costs of litigation,
and realistic values of estate assets such as businesses, real estate, and personal property. Clients with both
large and small interests and claims have benefited from this real world approach.
Mike Holder has specialized interest in the following areas:
Probate Litigation, including problems concerning:
Interpreting and Construing Wills and Trusts
Common Law Marriage
Prosecuting and Defending Claims Against Estates by Creditors
Prosecuting and Defending Claims Against Executors, Personal Representatives, Guardians and
Conservators upon claims of dishonesty or incompetence
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Drafting Wills and Trusts
Interpreting Wills and Trusts
Future interests in both Real and Personal Property
421 S. Tejon Street, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
P: (719) 575-0110
F: (719) 578-5863