Bradley J. Frigon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Englewood, CO

Law Offices of Bradley J. Frigon
 | 6500 South Quebec Street, Suite 330
Englewood, CO 80111
Phone: 720-200-4025
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (50%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

As founder and principal of the Law Offices of Bradley J. Frigon, Mr. Frigon provides dedicated legal services to clients in Denver, Colorado, the surrounding area and throughout the state. He focuses his practice on elder law, generally handling such issues as estate administration, estate planning, special needs and probate proceedings.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Kansas in 1978, Mr. Frigon went on to attend the Washburn University School of Law. From there, he received his Juris Doctor in 1981. Mr. Frigon continued his education after law school, earning a Master of Laws in taxation from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 1982.

In his private practice, Mr. Frigon draws on his more than 30 years of experience to provide his clients with the customized guidance they need and deserve. Designated as a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, he strives to create estate plans that address their wants as well as their needs. His commitment to high legal standards has helped him receive the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. He also has an Avvo "Superb" rating.

Staying active in the legal community is a priority for Mr. Frigon. He currently serves as past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys ; is an appointed member of the Special Needs Alliance;  is a board member of the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC). Mr. Frigon also serves as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law and editor of content for Elder Counsel's Special Needs Module. He regularly shares his expertise as a nationally recognized speaker on all aspects of elder law specifically complex  tax issues related to public benefits and special needs planning.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Elder Law (50%)

Estate Planning & Probate (30%): Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Estate & Trust Litigation (20%): Will Contests

Focus Areas

Estate Planning & Probate: Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Estate & Trust Litigation: Will Contests

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017

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About Bradley Frigon

Admitted: 1997, Colorado

Professional Webpage: www.bjflaw.com/attorney-profiles/bradley-j-frigon

Honors and Awards:

  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Colorado Super Lawyer

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • State of Wyoming , Attorney Registration number 7-5428
  • Council of Advance Practitioners (CAP), National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation
  • State of Kansas, Supreme Court Registration number 11032
  • State of Colorado, Attorney registration number 27883

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past President National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys,, 2015
  •  Fellow , American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC)
  • Member Wyoming Bar Association
  •  Colorado Bar Association
  • State of Wyoming, Attorney Registration number 7-5428
  • State of Kansas
  • Executive Committee, Taxation Section, Kansas Bar Association
  • Appointed by Governor to Colorado Advisory Council for People with Disabilities, 2010-2011
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities, 2010 to Present
  • Fellow, Kansas Bar Association
  • Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, Kansas Bar Association
  • Uniform Law Commission, Decanting Committee, 2013
  • Board of Directors, Special Needs Alliance, March 2009 to Present
  • Treasurer, Special Needs Alliance, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Chair of Advanced Elder Law Institute, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2008
  • Chair of Program and Education Committee, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2009-2011
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Board of Directors National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2006 to Present
  • Secretary, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2010-2011
  • Treasurer, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2011-2012
  • President-Elect, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2013-2014
  • President, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2014-2015
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Uniform Law Commission, Decanting Committee
  • Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP)
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
  • Board of Director Special Needs Alliance (SNA)
  • Officer and President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Fellow, Kansas Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Colorado Personal Injury Practice-Torts and Insurance, Appendix 1 Taxation of Damages, 2012
  • Authors, Stuart D. Zimring, Rebecca C. Morgan, Bradley J Frigon, Co-author, Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts, Matthew Bender, 2012
  • Managing editors John J. Campbell, and D. Wayne Stewart, Contributing author, Elder Law in Colorado, Colorado Bar Association, 2011
  • “Medicare’s Interest in a Personal Injury Settlement: What Every Elder Law Attorney Needs to Know About Medicare Set Aside Requirements and Medicare Secondary Payer Rules,” Colorado Bar Association, Breckenridge, CO. August 2010
  • “2010 Estate Tax Update”, “Taxation of Special Needs Trusts”, and “How To Leave Retirement Benefits to a Trust”, Utah Elder Law Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, December 2009
  • Amendments to Medicare Secondary Payer Statute: Broader Authority for Government Recovery, New Case Limits Government Recovery under the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute, NAELA E Bulletin, March 4, 2003
  • Neuro Matters Radio Show with Dr. Sam Brinkman Ph.D., June 2014
  • "Entering Special Needs Planning on the Ground Floor," ElderCounsel Planning for the Generations, July 2014
  • "Another Arrow in the Quiver: Understanding the Tax Rules that Apply to Capital Gains and Qualifying Dividends," NAELA Quarterly, Fall 2004
  • "Are You Ready for Carryover Basis Rules?", Elder Law Answers, August 2009; The ElderLaw Report, vol. XXI, number 2, September 2009
  • "2011 Elder Law in Colorado 4th Edition", June 2011, Managing Editors John C. Campbell and D. Wayne Stewart. CBA-CLE Books. Contributing author Bradley J. Frigon
  • "When Dad Marries a Gold Digger," MSN Money, July 13, 2012
  • "Take a Fresh Look at End of Life Plans," Kiplinger's Retirement Report, Volume 19, Number 8, August 2012
  • “The Real Cost of Long-Term Care,”  Bloomberg, November 26, 2012
  • “As America Ages, Senior Care Options Flourish,” The Miami Herald, January 30, 2013
  • "When A Sibling Has Special Needs," Westchester Family Magazine, February 2013
  • “Paying Them Back,” The Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2013
  • “Retirees and Debt: How to Avoid the Worst Traps,” Reuters, May 2013
  • “Managing Your Parent’s Money - Without Losing Your Mind,” Consumer Reports Money Advisor, Vol. 10, Issue 11
  • "Have ‘The Talk’ with Mom and Dad about their Finances, Wall Street Journal, July 2013
  • “Marrying After 50? You’ll have Money Problems to Solve,” Market Watch, February 2014
  • "How a Parent's Health-Care Bills Could Hurt You," Market Watch, July 2014
  • “Special Needs Trusts and Retirement Plans,” Special Needs Trust VIII, Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 2006
  • Special Needs Trust Administration Review Course presentation, Wealth Counsel, Orlando, Florida, February 2007
  • “Special Needs Trusts and Retirement Accounts,” Elder Law Conference, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2007
  • “Which SNTs, When and Why,” National Association of Structured Settlement Brokers, Tampa, Florida, October 2007
  • “Which SNT, When and Why,” Special Needs Trusts - The National Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 2007
  • “Taxes, SNTS and Retirement Accounts,” Special Needs Trust IX, Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 2007
  • “Recovering for Personal Injury: Successful End or Just the Beginning? Medicare’s Interest in a Personal Injury Settlement,” ALI-ABA Webcast Seminar, Medicaid Set Aside Trusts: Critical Issues Surrounding Personal Injury, December 2008
  • “Avoiding Liability and Adding Value: What Every Personal Injury Attorney and Estate Planning Attorney Must Know About Special Needs Trusts,” ALI-ABA Webcast Seminar, Special Needs Trusts: What Every Personal Injury Attorney and Estate Planning Attorney Must Know, February 2009
  • “Special Needs Trust Tax Update”, Special Needs Alliance Spring Meeting, New Orleans, LA,March 2009
  • “How to Leave Retirement Benefits to a Trust”, NAELA Telephonic Training Program, May 2009
  • “The Battle Between Special Needs Trusts, Qualified Retirement Accounts and Tax Rules”, NAELA Summer Special Needs Program, Phoenix, AZ, May 2009
  • “Medicaid and Special Needs Trusts”, Colorado Bar Association Estate Planning Retreat, Snowmass, CO, June 2009
  • “Special Needs Trusts Part II”, ALI-ABA Telephonic Conference, June 2009
  • “Special Needs Planning for Wealthy Families”, Chicago Wealth Counsel: Planning for the Generations Symposium, Chicago, IL, August 2009
  • “Selected Income Tax Issues for the Elder Law and Special Needs Law Practitioner”, Colorado Bar Association-CLE Elder Law Retreat, Breckenridge, CO, October 2009
  • “The Battle Between Special Needs Trusts, Qualified Retirement Plans and Tax Rules”, 2010Changes and Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts, University of Texas School of Law, Austin,TX, February 2010
  • “Special Needs Planning for Wealthy Families”, Wealth Strategies Laureate Gathering, San Diego, CA, February 2010
  • “Strategic Trusts for Elderly and Disabled Clients”, Colorado Bar Association, March 2010
  • “Retirement Planning”, Advanced Elder Law Review Course, Orlando, Fl, May 2010
  • “Advanced Tax Planning with Special Needs Trust”, NAELA Annual Program, Orlando, Fl, May 2010
  • “Tax Issues Related to Special Needs Trusts,” presented to Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council, Tampa, FL. October 2010
  • “How to Develop and Implement a Financial Plan for Trustees,” 2010 Special Needs Trust National Conference, St., Pete Beach FL. October 2010
  • "Taxation of SNT's," and "Drafting a Medicare Set Aside Sub Trust into a SNT." 2011 Special Needs Trusts, The National Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 2011
  • "Employment and Retirement," National Aging and Law Institute, NAELA Advanced Elder Law Bootcamp, Boston Seaport Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2011
  • “Drafting and Using the Special Needs Trust," Washington State Bar Association - Credit Legal Education, WSBA-CLE Conference Center, Seattle Washington, November 2011
  • "Medicare Set Aside Trusts," ElderCounsel National Symposium Planning for the Generations, Denver, Colorado. July 2012
  • "Taxations of Special Needs Trusts” and “Medicare Set Aside Update and Medicare Secondary Payer Law Update," 2012 Special Needs Trusts - The National Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. October 2012
  • "How to Leave Retirement Benefits to a Trust," NAELA Advanced Elder Law Review, Washington D.C., November 2012
  • “Roles of an Elder Law Attorney in the Case,” Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, Washington, November 2012
  • “Special Needs Trusts and Qualified Retirement Accounts - What You Need to Know to Maximize Your Benefits” ElderCounsel Webinar, January 2013
  • “Special Needs Trust Planning” and Tax Panel Discussion, Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys, Bedford, Pennsylvania, February 2013
  • "Top 5 Practice Tips for the Special Needs Practitioner," ElderCounsel National Symposium - 5 - Planning for the Generations, Denver, Colorado. July 2013.
  • “How Do You Leave an IRA/Qualified Plan to a SNT?,” Pre-Conference: The Tax Intensive, and “MSA, Liens and the Ahlborn Progeny-What Attorneys and Trustees Need to Know,” 2013 Special Needs Trusts-The National Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. October 2013
  • “Understanding Medicare Set Aside Trusts” and “Understanding Medicare Set Aside Trusts - Drafting a Medicare Set Aside Subtrust into a First Party Special Needs Trust” ElderCounsel Webinar, October 2013
  • “Complex Planning with IRA’s,” NAELA Advanced Elder Law Review, Washington D.C., November 2013
  • “Special Needs Trusts Tax Issues,” Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, Washington, November 2013
  • "Special Needs Trusts Tax Issues," NAELA Webinar, January 2014
  • “Special Needs Trusts Tax Issues,” Academy of Special Needs Planners, March 2014
  • “Investment & Tax Strategies for Special Needs Trust, Webinar, May 2014
  • “Overview of IRA-Retirement Plans,” NAELA Advanced Elder Law Review, Scottsdale, Arizona, May 2014
  • Neuro Matters Radio Show with Dr. Sam Brinkman, Ph.D., June 2014
  • “Special Needs Planning on the Ground Floor,” ElderCounsel National Symposium Planning for the Generations, July 2014
  • “It’s All About the MAGI Under the Affordable Care Act,” “How Do You Leave an IRA/Qualified Plan to a SNT?,” and “Taxation of SNTs - Plain and Simple,” 2014 Special Needs Trusts-The National Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida. October 2014
  • “Legal Planning for Carepartners and People with MS”, National Multiple Sclerosis Society webinar, November 2014
  • Taxation of Disability Trusts, Research Institute of America, Practice Alert, June 1998
  • New Proposed Regulations on Sale of Principal Residence, NAELA News, April 2001
  • Tax Rules Relating to the Sale of a Principal Residence, Elder’s Advisor, The Journal of Elder Law and Post-Retirement Planning, Marquette University Law School, Spring 2002
  • Tax Basis Rules, Elder Advisor, The Journal of Elder Law and Post-Retirement Planning, Marquette University Law School, Spring 2003
  • Special Needs Trusts and Individual Retirement Accounts, Elder Law Advisor, June 2007
  • Which Special Needs Trust, When and Why?, Bradley J. Frigon and W. Eric Kuhn, NAELA Journal, 2009, vol. 5, number 1
  • Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts, by Stuart D. Zimring, Rebecca C. Morgan and Bradley J.Frigon (Matthew Bender, 2009)
  • Colorado Personal Injury Practice - Torts and Insurance, Appendix 1 Taxation of Damages, byBradley J. Frigon (West Publishing, 2012).

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Dunlap vs, T.A.W., Inc, Case No.CIV. 08-385-D, United States District Court, Western District Oklahoma
  • In the Matter of the Trusts Created by the Will of Dodds L. Buchanan, 05 PR 625, Boulder County District Court

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Serve as Special Needs Content Co-Editor on the National Advisory Board of Elder Counsel., 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts (BA), 1978
  • University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, Master of Law in Taxation (LLM), 1982

Industry Groups

  • Estates
  • Special Needs
  • Office Location for Bradley J. Frigon

    6500 South Quebec Street
    Suite 330
    Englewood, CO 80111

    Phone: 720-200-4025

     

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