Shari D. Caton

Shari D. Caton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Denver, CO

Poskus, Caton & Klein, P.C.
 | 303 East 17th Avenue, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-832-1600
Fax: 303-832-1676
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (40%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Ms. Caton is a founding member of POSKUS, CATON & KLEIN, P.C. and practices in the areas of estate litigation, estate planning, elder law, disability planning, public benefits planning, protective proceedings, and probate.

    Ms. Caton began her career as an assistant district attorney.  In that role, she tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases to judge and jury.  After leaving the District Attorneys Office, Ms. Caton distinguished herself in both public service and private practice of law.

    Public Service

    Ms. Caton continually strives to serve the public.  In 2017, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court to serve as an Office of Public Guardianship Commissioner.  This Commission elected her as its' chair and she served in that role until 2019.   She currently serves on the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association Elder Law Section and recently completed her term as the elected Chair.  As an executive officer and section member, Ms. Caton served a term as the Legislative Policy Liaison and participated in the Office of Public Guardianship Committee, Achieving a Better Life Experience "ABLE" Committee, Medicaid Regulatory Reform / Legislation Committee, Death with Dignity Committee,  Elder Abuse / Mandatory Reporting Committee, Power of Attorney Abuse Committee, and the 1st Annual Elder Law Retreat Committee.  In addition, Ms. Caton was recently elected by her peers to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court Probate Rules Committee.  In recognition of her professional, public, and private career and outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession, and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association, Ms. Caton was invited by the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Bar Foundation to become a Fellow of the Foundation.

    Ms. Caton has also provided service to the community through the Denver Probate Court pro se clinic, Alzheimer's Association, Metro Volunteer Lawyers, and Habitat for Humanity.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

    Ms. Caton is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, New Mexico Bar Association, Douglas County Bar Association and Phi Delta Phi.

    Private Practice

    Ms. Caton is proud to represent people of all ages, needs, and asset ranges in contested and uncontested matters.  Her private practice experience includes representation of trustees, personal representatives, beneficiaries, conservators, guardians, agents / attorneys-in-fact, and family members in disputes involving all aspects of probate, trust, and estate litigation, including removal proceedings, contested accountings, breach of fiduciary duty claims, will and trust contests, and contested conservatorship and guardianship proceedings.  She has represented clients before state courts and administrative bodies in a broad range of trust and estate litigation and public benefits matters.  She also assists families with estate planning, including preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and related documents; estate and trust administration; problems of incapacity; and qualifying for public benefits.

    Ms. Caton is licensed to practice in the State of Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the State of New Mexico and the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.

    Please feel free to contact Ms. Caton with any questions at (303) 832-1600 or e-mail her at [email protected]  

    About Shari Caton

    Admitted: 2001, Colorado

    Professional Webpage: https://www.poskuscatonklein.com/Attorneys/Shari-D-Caton.sht...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Graduated with Honors

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Denver Probate Court Pro Se Court Staffing Volunteer; Colorado Bar Association / Continuing Legal Education author; Big Brothers / Big Sisters Former Member Board of Directors; Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Former Member Board of Directors

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Ms. Caton is a frequent speaker on elder law and estate planning issues. Author: Chapter 23, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2016 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2016. Author: Chapter 29, "Medicaid Eligibility for Long-Term Care," Elder Law in Colorado, Fourth Edition, Volume 2, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., 2015.  Author: Chapter 23, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2015 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2015. Author: Chapter 29, "Medicaid Eligibility for Long-Term Care," Elder Law in Colorado, Fourth Edition, Volume 2, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., 2014.  Author: Chapter 23, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2014 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2014.  Author: Chapter 29, "Medicaid Eligibility for Long-Term Care," Elder Law in Colorado, Fourth Edition, Volume 2, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., 2013.  Author: Chapter 23, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2013 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2013.  Author: Chapter 29, "Medicaid Eligibility for Long-Term Care," Elder Law in Colorado, Fourth Edition, Volume 2, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., 2012. Author: Chapter 23, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2012 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2012. Co-Author: Chapter 29, "Medicaid Eligibility for Long-Term Care," Elder Law in Colorado, Fourth Edition, Volume 2, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., 2011. Author: Chapter 23, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2011 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2011. Author: Chapter 23, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2010 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2010. Author: Chapter 23, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2009 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2009. Author: Chapter 17, "Powers of Attorney," Senior Law Handbook 2008 Edition, Published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Bar Association, 2008. Co-Author: "Financial Powers of Attorney" 2008 Colorado Bar Association Pamphlet, Published by the Colorado Bar Association, 2008.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Ms. Caton was elected by her peers to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court Probate Rules Committee., 2015
    • In recognition of her professional, public, and private career and outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession, and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association, Ms. Caton was invited by the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Bar Foundation to become a Fellow of the Foundation.

    Educational Background:

    • North Carolina Wesleyan - Summa Cum Laude; Justice and Public Policy with a minor in Psychology, 1994

    Industry Groups

    • Former Chair Of Elder Law Executive Council Of Elder Law Section Of Colorado Bar Association
    • Member American Bar Association
    • Member Colorado Bar Association
    • Member Douglas County Bar Association
    • Member National Academy Of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member New Mexico Bar Association
    • Member Trust And Estate Section Of Colorado Bar Association
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    Office Location for Shari D. Caton

    303 East 17th Avenue
    Suite 900
    Denver, CO 80203

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    Last Updated: 9/10/2020

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