David W. Kirch

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Aurora, Colorado

Kirch Rounds & Bowman PC
David W. Kirch
Kirch Rounds & Bowman PC

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Elder Law view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 1974

Education: University of Colorado Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013, 2015 - 2024

Kirch Rounds & Bowman PC

3025 S Parker Rd
Suite 820
Aurora, CO 80014 Phone: 303-671-7726 Email: David W. Kirch Visit website

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David W. Kirch is the founding and managing partner of Kirch Rounds & Bowman PC and has concentrated his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, and probate litigation for over 40 years. Kirch Rounds & Bowman PC was named a Tier 1 firm in Colorado Metro Rankings for both Trusts and Estates Law and Elder Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for 2021. Mr. Kirch has been a lecturer on trusts and estates at the University of Denver Law School. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from California Lutheran College and his J.D. degree from the University of Colorado where he was a member of The Order of the Coif. Mr. Kirch has been co-editor of the Estate and Trust Forum of the Colorado Lawyer since 1998. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Mr. Kirch is past chairman of the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association and past chairman of the Statutory Revisions Committee of the Probate and Trust Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He served as the liaison between the Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association and the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association from 2009 to 2019.  Mr. Kirch is listed in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates and is listed in the 2024 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine under Estate Planning and Probate.

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Elder Law, Real Estate: Consumer

First Admitted: 1974, Colorado

Professional Webpage: https://www.dwkpc.net/david-w-kirch-founding-partner

Educational Background:
  • University of Colorado, School of Law, University of Chicago, School of Law, California Lutheran University, Valparaiso University
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-author with Gerard Deffenbaugh, "Measuring the Value of Trust Interests in Dissolution of Marriage Proceedings," Vol. 51, No. 3, COLO. LAW. 38 (2022), Co-author, Measuring the Value of Trust Interests in Dissolution of Marriage Proceedings, Co-author with Gerard Deffenbaugh, "Measuring the Value of Trust Interests in Dissolution of Marriage Proceedings," Vol. 51, No. 3, COLO. LAW. 38 (2022), 2022
  •  More Than Ever There is a Need for Good Estate Planning.  It is predicted that the Baby Boomer generation will transfer a staggering $36 trillion to the next generation during the following 3 decades.  This averages $1.2 trillion per year compared with $195 billion in 1989 and $427 billion in 2016. Younger generations will rely heavily on their inheritance to boost their own retirement savings.  Relationship between the Ethics Rules and Legal Malpractice Actions.   As part of a legal malpractice action, a plaintiff must prove the failure of the lawyer to exercise the ordinary skill and knowledge required of a lawyer.  As part of the basis of the legal malpractice claim, a plaintiff may allege a violation of the applicable ethical standards in support of the claim.  Comment 20 to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct (“CRPC”) provides that a “[V]iolation of a Rule should not itself give rise to a cause of action against a lawyer nor should it create any presumption in such a case that a legal duty has been breached…. Nevertheless, since the Rules do establish standards of conduct by lawyers, in appropriate cases, a lawyer’s violation of a Rule may be evidence of breach of the applicable standard of conduct.” From a practical perspective, an attorney that follows the ethics rules also reduces the grounds for legal malpractice actions from clients. Select Practices to Reduce the Grounds for Legal Malpractice Actions.  Estate planning lawyers should be proactive in addressing ethical rules and implement practices that reduce the grounds for legal malpractice actions. See Charles A. Redd, Guidance for Avoiding Malpractice in Estate Planning, 44 Estate Planning 19, 22-25 (Oct. 2017).  , Co-presenter, Introduction on Ethics in Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Estate Attorneys, 2024
  • This article explains key issues for determining how beneficial interests in a spousal limited access trust could be considered in a Colorado dissolution of marriage proceeding, both when a person establishes a SLAT and later if that person is a party to a Colorado dissolution of marriage proceeding., Co-author, The Treatment of SLATs in the Event of a Dissolution of Marriage, COLO. LAW. 53 (2024), Colorado Estate Attorneys, 2024
  • Mr. Kirch was a presenter at the Family Law Spring Update, sponsored by the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association on May 26, 2022, Presenter, Family Law Spring Update, Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Lawyers, 2022
  • Mr. Kirch presented a session at the Colorado Bar Association, 42nd Annual Estate Planning Retreat entitled "Select Ethical Issues in Estate Administration and Planning" on June 18, 2022 , Presenter, Select Ethical Issues in Estate Administration and Planning, Colorado Bar Association, 42nd Annual Estate Planning Retreat, Lawyers, 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Coordinating Editor of the Estate and Trust Forum for The Colorado Lawyer, 1998 - Present; Co-Chairman of Guardian ad Litem Legislation Subcommittee of the Trust and Estate section of the Colorado Bar Association, 2014 - 2019; Trusts and Estates Section liason with the Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association 2009 - 2019; Chair of the Colorado Lawyer Editorial Board 2017 - 2018; Vice Chair of the Colorado Lawyer Editorial Board, 2016 - 2017; Second Vice Chair of the Colorado Lawyer Editorial Board 2015 - 2016; Member of the Board of Editors for The Colorado Lawyer 2014 - 2015; Member of Denver Bar Association and the Trust and Estate Section and Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association; Chair of Capacity Legislation Subcomittee of the Trust and Estate section of the Colorado Bar Association, 2013 - 2014; Chairman of Probate and Trust Law Section of Colorado Bar Association, 1994-1995; Secretary-Treasurer of Probate and Trust Law Section of Colorado Bar Association, 1991-1992; Member of Colorado Bar Association Probate Council from October 1986 to June 1988; Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Community Association Institute, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 1987 - 1990; Chairman of Statutory Revisions Committee of Probate and Trust Law Section of Colorado Bar Association,  1988-1990 (Member since 1984); Chairman of Committee drafting and seeking enactment of the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act in Colorado, 1988-1991 (which legislation was enacted in 1991); Co-Chairman of Model Will and Trust Forms Committee of Probate and Trust Law Section of Colorado Bar Association, 1989-1992; Attended Annual ALI‑ABA Estate Planning in Depth Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School in June 1981, 2023
  • Faculty Member of "Introduction to Ethics in Estate Planning", Sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, January 31, 2020, 2020
  • 39th Annual Estate Planning Retreat Co-Sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association Trust and Estate Section, Co-Presentor, "The Confluence of Trust and Estate and Real Estate Law and Practice," June 6-8, 2019. Faculty Member of “Will Contests”, Sponsored by the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, September 20, 2019, 2019
  • Faculty Member of “Trust and Estate Fall Update”, Sponsored by the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, November 9, 2018, 2018
Honors/Awards:
  • Awarded Silver Client Distinction Award 2014 - 2024 by Martindale-Hubbell - award given to only 1% of attorneys for excellence in quality of service, overall value, responsiveness, and communication ability; Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, in the field of Trusts and Estates (Recognized 1995 – 1996 and 2016 – 2024) and Elder Law (Recognized 2016 - 2024); Awarded AV rating by Martindale‑Hubbell for over 30 years; Named one of Denver's top lawyers by 5280 Magazine under Trusts and Estates Category, 2001. Listed as a Colorado Super Lawyer 2006 - 2013, and 2015-2024; Fellow of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; Lecturer in Law at University of Denver Law School from 1987‑1990 in Estates and Trusts; Listed in the Martindale - Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, designated as outstanding in the field of Probate and Estate Planning Law, Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2024
  • Mr. Kirch is listed in the 2023 edition of the Best Lawyers in America publication., Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2023

Office location for David W. Kirch

3025 S Parker Rd
Suite 820
Aurora, CO 80014

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