Smith & Mitchell, LLC

Our firm helps families address the legal issues that can arise due to aging, disability, sudden health crisis, or special needs.  We go beyond typical estate planning to find solutions that meet long term care and asset protection goals while promoting quality of life.

Michelle Smith
Senior Counsel & Managing Member


Michelle went above and beyond what was required during the application/determination process of obtaining Medicaid for my parents . . . She was professional, knowledgable, and courteous during the whole process. She is a very genuine person and her confidence seems so natural — a result of her excellent preparation and strong knowledge.
— Ann

When you want me in your corner: I'm a planner and a protector by nature, and I enjoy working with people who have a similar mindset. I also want to help my clients really understand their choices, so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Because of this, I generally recommend starting with either a workshop or in-depth consultation. For instance:

You think you need estate planning (a will, trust, or power of attorney):

  • You contact our office through this website or by phone.

  • Because we're a small law firm, we may be meeting with other clients or working on a case when you contact us, but we try to return all calls and emails within 24 hours.

  • We speak with you to answer your basic questions and determine if we are the appropriate attorneys to handle your legal matter.

  • If we can help, then in most instances, we have you sign up to attend one of our workshops. Our clients rave about the workshops as being a fun, relaxed, and informative way to address most estate planning concerns - even the ones you didn't know you had.

  • If the workshop is not suitable for you, or if you have already attended a workshop, then we schedule your initial meeting and send you our initial meeting confirmation package to review and complete.

  • At the initial meeting, we review the confirmation package paperwork, identify your needs and planning goals, and discuss various planning options with you.

  • You choose the planning option you like, and we start work.

You've noticed mom's health is really declining, and with each day that passes, she needs more help. You think you need help planning for her long-term care.

  • You contact our office through this website or by phone.

  • Because we're a small law firm, we may be meeting with other clients or working on a case when you contact us, but we try to return all calls and emails within 24 hours.

  • We speak with you to answer your basic questions and determine if we are the appropriate firm to handle your legal matter.

  • If we can help, then we schedule your initial meeting and send you our initial meeting confirmation package to review and complete.

  • At the initial meeting, we review the confirmation package paperwork, identify family needs and planning goals, and discuss various planning options with you.

  • You choose the planning option you like, and we start work.

When you should go elsewhere: I like to prevent fires, not put them out. Quite simply, if you need to sue or litigate to right a wrong (or if you are hopping mad, spoiling for a fight, and want a shark), I am not the attorney for you. I'm happy, however, to refer you to an attorney who may be able to help.


Michelle was the perfect lawyer and human to help us . . . She dealt with our family member in a gentle and compassionate manner and helped him understand . . . I would recommend
her in a heartbeat!
— George

My background: I grew up in and around Dallas, Texas, but went to law school at the University of Utah. During law school, I volunteered with the Senior Law Project at Utah Legal Services and served as a judicial intern for Administrative Law Judge Harvey Sweitzer at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals - Probate Hearings Division. I also worked as a graduate research assistant to Professor Lee Hollaar at the University of Utah, for whom I reviewed and edited the intellectual property treatise, “Legal Protection of Digital Information” (BNA Books, 2002).

I relocated to Colorado after graduation and began working for a small estate planning firm in Greenwood Village. However, it wasn't long before my husband's career took us back to Dallas. I practiced in Texas for several years, primarily in the areas of probate, guardianship, estate planning, and elder law, and I was regularly appointed by the courts as an ad litem in both guardianship and probate matters. We returned to Colorado in early 2009, where we have enjoyed ourselves ever since.

In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, reading anything I can get my hands on, camping, gardening, and genealogical research.

Michelle Smith   Senior Counsel & Managing Member

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning

  • Long-Term Care / Medicaid

  • Asset Protection

  • Special Needs Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2002

  • Texas, 2004

Education

  • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2001 - J.D.

  • University of Texas at Arlington, 1994 - B.A. in History with Honors

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Trusts & Estates Section

  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section

  • Arapahoe County Bar Association

  • Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable

Honors & Awards

  • Utah Legal Services, Senior Law Project - Recognized for contributing more than 50 hours of pro bono services.

  • Dallas Bar Association - Recognized for pro bono services contribution.

Publications

  • Best Wedding Gift Ever? A Newlywed Estate Plan. Rocky Mountain Bride, 2010.

  • In Sickness and In Health. Why Every Young Couple Needs a Living Will. Rocky Mountain Bride, 2010.

  • What Newlyweds Ought to Know About a Medical Durable Power of Attorney. Rocky Mountain Bride, 2010.

  • Overcoming Wedding Jitters. Rocky Mountain Bride, 2010.

Speaking Engagements

  • Financial Planning & Wills. Presenter - Denver Association of Family Child Care, 25th Annual Conference (April 2016).