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M. Kent Olsen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Denver, CO

Olsen & Mahoney, LLP
650 South Cherry Street, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80246
Phone: 303-329-4670
Fax: 303-329-4671
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023
Licensed in Colorado Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law, Estate & Trust Litigation
Attorney Profile

The founding partner at Olsen & Mahoney, LLP, M. Kent Olsen provides legal representation to those in the Denver metropolitan area who need advice or council regarding matters of probate litigation, estate litigation, trust litigation, estate planning, and probate and elder law. He also handles Medicaid and disability planning, business planning, and estate and trust administration.

Admitted to practice in the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court of Colorado and the state of Colorado, Mr. Olsen earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in history in 1970 before attending the University of Denver College of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor in 1975. A former instructor at Denver Career College, he is a frequent lecturer for the Colorado Bar Association, where he is also a member of the rules and forms committee, the trust and estate section, and the statutory revisions committee.  He was the magistrate (then called the Referee) of the Denver Probate Court from 1983-1989.

Mr. Olsen is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Denver Estate Planning Council, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the Colorado Association for Homes and Services of the Aging, the Denver Bar Association, and the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities. At the Denver Probate Pro Se Clinic, he has provided pro bono work for the last 12 years.

Mr. Olsen spent a decade as an appointed member of the Governor’s Commission on Life and Law; is a former board of director for Adult Care Management, Inc.; and is a former editor for the Colorado Lawyers: Estate and Trust Form and a co-chair of the Protective Proceedings Act Subcommittee.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30%Elder Law
  • 30%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

About M. Kent Olsen

First Admitted: 1975, Colorado

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Statutory Revisions Committee, Colorado Bar Association
  • Advocacy Denver f/k/a The Arc of Denver, Former President, Member, 1989 - Present
  • Member of Denver Estate Planning Council
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982
  • Rules and Forms Committee, Colorado Bar Association, Former Chair
  • Denver Bar Association, Member, 1982 - Present
  • Referee of the Denver Probate Court, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1975
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 1975 - Present
  • Protective Proceedings Act Subcommittee, Colorado Bar Association, Former Co-Chair
  • Governor's Commission on Life and Law, Appointed Member, 1990 - 2000
  • Past Chair of the Colordo Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section
  • Colorado, 1975
  • American Bar Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Denver Probate Pro Se Clinic, 2005 - Present
  • Arc of Colorado 2000-present, 2000
  • Advocacy Denver 1985- present, 1985
  • American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Member
  • Adult Care Management, Inc. (Former Board of Director), Member, 1985 - 1995
  • Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities (Former and Current President), Member, 1994 - Present
  • Governor's Commission on Life and Law, Appointed Member, 1990 - 2000
  • Voluteer speaker for the Colorado Gernontological Society

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Colorado ElderLaw - Legal, Financial, Medicaid, Health Education Network, 2008 - Present
  • Frequent Lecturer, Colorado Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education
  • Former Instructor for Paralegals/Advisory Board, Denver Career College
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Denver College of Law
  • Legal Aspects of Assisted Living Management , Colorado Gerontological, 1995 - Present
  • Colorado Lawyer: Estate and Trust Form, Colorado Bar Association, Former Editor

Educational Background

  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, B.S., Major: History - 1970

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Member of Governor Roy Romer's Life and the Law Commission


  • Pioneer in Elder Law Award, Colorado Gerontological Society, 2017
  • Schenkein Distinguished Service Award , Advocacy Denver
  • Who's Who in America, 2001 - 2019
  • President's Award , The Arc of Denver
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1989 - 2015
  • Who's Who in the World, 2003 - 2019
  • President's Award , Adult Care Management, Inc.
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2019
  • Who's Who in American Law, 2009 - 2019

Representative Clients

  • Golden Fiduciary Services, 2018
  • American National Bank
  • Central Missouri State University
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • AMG Trust Bank

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Denver Estate Planning Counsel
  • First Judicial District Bar Assoctiation
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Office Location for M. Kent Olsen

650 South Cherry Street
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80246

Phone: 303-329-4670

Fax: 303-329-4671

Last Updated: 6/8/2022

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