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 - 2020
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, a certified elder law attorney focuses his practice on estate administration and probate,estate planning, special needs, guardianship and conservatorship, long term care planning, Medicaid and public benefits. He serves clients in Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming as well as attorneys nationwide.

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.

Mr. Frigon draws on more than 35 years of experience to provide his clients with advice and counsel in every aspect of elder law.  Designated as a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, he creates simple and complex estate plans to serve families passing on wealth in addition to families with special needs members who must preserve their public benefits. With a Masters in Tax his knowledge of taxation in estate planning is unparalleled. From litigating contested estates, transferring or filing guardianships, drafting special needs trusts to probate administration Mr . Frigon is versed in every facet of elder law.  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, a visiting professor at University of Colorado- Boulder School of Law, and  served as a co- 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 Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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About Bradley Frigon

Admitted: 1997, Colorado

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

Honors/Awards:

  • Colorado Super Lawyer
  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Council of Advance Practitioners (CAP), National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • State of Wyoming , Attorney Registration number 7-5428
  • 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:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

Verdicts/Settlements:

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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

  • Estates
  • Guardianships
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • Special Needs
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Office Location for Bradley J. Frigon

6500 South Quebec Street
Suite 330
Englewood, CO 80111

Phone: 720-200-4025

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