Marco Chayet

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Denver, CO

Chayet & Danzo, LLC
 | 650 South Cherry Street, Suite 710
Denver, CO 80246
Phone: 303-355-8500
Fax: 303-355-8501
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (50%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (40%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    During law school, Mr. Chayet’s grandmother, Letty Milstein, was the principal party in one of the most controversial and public elder law cases in the state of Colorado. The Estate of Milstein v. Ayers, 955 P.2d 78 (Colo. App. 1998), is a landmark probate case which upholds and protects the right to counsel and due process of incapacitated adults in Colorado and has been codified into the Colorado Uniform Protective Proceedings Act (the guardianship and conservatorship laws). This experience was the impetus for Mr. Chayet’s career long practice commitment to the field of elder law, special needs law and probate litigation.

    Mr. Chayet is the new Public Administrator for the 18th Judicial District, Judicial Appointment for Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Elbert County and Lincoln County. Appointed as conservator, trustee, and personal representative for estates and cases in the 18th Judicial District. A Public Administrator is a private individual (not a public employee) appointed by the Chief Judge to collect, protect, and manage the assets of individuals and estates.

    Mr. Chayet is the past Chairman of the Elder Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and past Chairman of the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate section Surrogate Decision Making committee. Mr. Chayet is a 2016 Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyer and a 2016 Colorado Super Lawyer in Elder Law. Mr. Chayet is also a lawyer and guardian ad litem for the Office of Child Representative. The Colorado Supreme Court recently appointed Mr. Chayet to the Attorney Regulation Disciplinary Hearing Board.

    A sampling of Mr. Chayet’s broad experience in elder law, special needs law and complex probate litigation includes: Litigating contested guardianship and conservatorship proceeding sfor adults and minors; Litigating will contests and fiduciary defense actions; Complex Public Benefit Planning, Representation of guardians, conservators and fiduciaries; Trust administration and trust litigation and associated estate planning and estate administration.

    Mr. Chayet’s experience in his areas of practice have been demonstrated through his publicspeaking and publishing including his book: “How to Protect Your Family’s Assets From Devastating Nursing Home Costs-Colorado Edition” and the chapter on “Estate Planningfor the Child with Special Needs” in the 4th edition of Elder Law in Colorado by CBA/CLE.Mr. Chayet is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the National Academyof Elder Law Attorneys where the Academy asked Mr. Chayet to serve on various committees as well as serving as the President of the Colorado Chapter of NAELA. Mr. Chayet continues to be an active member of the Colorado Bar Association where Colorado attorneys nominated Mr. Chayet to be a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation.

    Mr. Chayet, born and raised in Denver, Colorado, is continuing in the footsteps of his family in assisting the philanthropic and civic community of Colorado by serving on the board and committees of many not-for-profit organizations including the Rose Community Foundation, Innovage Foundation, Guardianship Alliance of Colorado, Jewish Family Services, Allied JewishApartments, Jewish Senior Recreation Network, the Foundation For Hope and the Life SourceServices Hospice. Mr. Chayet received his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Schoolof Law. Mr. Chayet’s undergraduate training was at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he received his Bachelor of Arts.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Elder Law
    • 40%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

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    About Marco Chayet

    Admitted: 1998, Colorado

    Professional Webpage:


    • Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation
    • William O. Desouchet Award, Best Individual Performance in Trial Advocacy
    • National Award, Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    •   Public Administrator for the 18th Judicial District, Judicial Appointment for Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Elbert County and Lincoln County. Appointed as conservator, trustee, and personal representative for estates and cases in the 18th Judicial District. A Public Administrator is a private individual (not a public employee) appointed by the Chief Judge to collect, protect, and manage the assets of individuals and estates., 2014
    • Attorney for the Colorado Office of Child Representative-Serving minors in probate cases., 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
    • Membership Committee, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Practice Development Committee, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member, Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section
    • Brain Injury Association of Colorado
    • Colorado, 1998
    • Chairman, Guardianship and Conservatorship Standards Committee, Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law Section, 2008 - 2010
    • Chair, Surrogate Decision Making Committee, American Bar Association
    • President, Colorado Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Arapahoe County Bar Association
    • United States District Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
    • Charter Member, Academy of Special Need Planners
    • Good and Welfare Committee, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member, Denver Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors (Past), The Foundation For Hope
    • Colorado Supreme Court Disciplinary Hearing Board appointee 2012-2015, 2012
    • Board of Directors, Allied Jewish Apartments
    • Metro Volunteer Lawyers
    • Board of Directors (Past), Life Source Services Hospice
    • Board of Directors, Guardianship Alliance of Colorado
    • Board of Directors (Past), Colorado Citizens for Accountability
    • Board of Directors (Past), Jewish Senior Recreation Network
    • Rose Community Foundation  Committee on Aging, 2014
    • Denver Probate Court Volunteer Attorney for Pro Se Office
    • Board of Directors, Total Community Options Foundation

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Preserving Your Wealth: Long Term Care and Medicaid Planning in Colorado,Bradford Publishing of Colorado, 2003
    • Defects, Due Process, and Protective Proceedings: Are Our Probate Codes Unconstitutional?, American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2., 1998
    • Issues for the Elderly Client, Part I and Part II-Estate and Healthcare Planning, The Colorado Lawyer, Sept. 2000, Vol. 29, No. 9. (2000) and Mar. 2001, Vol. 30, No. 3., 2001
    • Featured Speaker, Elder Law and Probate For the Family Law Attorney, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute, 2009
    • Featured Speaker, Senior Law Day, Colorado Bar Association, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2014
    • Featured Speaker, Estate Planning Retreat Legal Representation of Fiduciaries-Are you Prepared for the Scrutiny?, Colorado Bar Association, 2009
    • Featured Speaker, Program Chair and Moderator, Conservatorship and Guardianship Law, Colorado Bar Association, 2008, 2009
    • Featured Speaker, Program Chair and Moderator, Advanced Elder Law Retreat, Colorado Bar Association, 2009, 2010, 2013
    • Featured Speaker, CLE Advanced Elder Law Institute, Colorado Bar Association, 2010
    • Featured Speaker, "Elder Law Basic Skills" Seminar, Colorado Bar Association,2013.2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2014
    • Featured Speaker, "ElderLaw Update: Understanding the New Acceptance of Office for Conservators and Guardians", Co-presenter with Magistrate Michael Gallegos, Colorado Bar Association, 2006
    • Featured Speaker, Hanging Your Shingle Seminar, Colorado Bar Association, 2004 - 2010
    • Featured Speaker, Representing the Conservator or Guardian Client After Appointment, Colorado Bar Association, 2005
    • Featured Speaker, "Elder Abuse:  Financial Exploitation: A Case Study; Road Blocks; Crawford; Civil and Criminal Remedies", Joint presentation with Ranae Johnson and Joseph M. Morales, Colorado Bar Association, 2005
    • Featured Speaker, Elder Law Ethics, Colorado Bar Association, 2005
    • Featured Speaker, Fundamentals of Conservatorships and Guardianships, Colorado Bar Association, 2004
    • Featured Speaker, Colorado Conservatorship and Guardianship Law, Guardianship Alliance of Colorado, November, 2003
    • Featured Television Guest and Speaker, Elder Law Issues, Senior Survival Television Show, Channel 12, Denver, Colorado, 2002, 2003,2004
    • Featured Speaker, Elder Law: Helping Your Clients Deal with the Legal, Financial and Emotional Challenges of Aging, CLE International, 2001
    • Featured Speaker, University of Denver College of Law, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies Elder Law Institute, 1999, 2000, 2001
    • Colorado Handbook of Elder Law, Chapter on Special Needs Planning (CLE in Colo., Inc.), 2014
    • How to Protect Your Family’s Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs, Phylius Press, 2013
    • Resolving a Medicaid Claim in a Decedent’s Probate Estate, The Colorado Lawyer, Feb. 2008, Vol. 37, No. 2., 2008
    • CPA'S Guide to Long Term Care Planning-Colorado Chapter, AICPA, Inc., 2008

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 2009 Denver Business Journal 40 Under Forty Nominee, 2009

    Educational Background:

    • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A. Political Science, 1994


    • “Marco is one of the brightest lawyers out there. On top of that, his compassion and civility make him one of the legal leaders in his field.”
    • “Mr. Chayet is an expert in his field and is even doing more to help expand this area of law to help protect more at risk adults.”
    • “MArco is a star. Co-chair of the elder law section, and as bright as they come. Having survived a family probate litigation, he not only knows his stuff, but is compassionate.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    650 South Cherry Street
    Suite 710
    Denver, CO 80246

    Phone: 303-355-8500

    Fax: 303-355-8501

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