Frank J Danzo III

Frank J Danzo III

Location:
Denver, Colorado
Phone:
303-872-5980
Fax:
303-355-8501
Email:

As a 10 year old, Frank witnessed firsthand the legal consequences a catastrophic injury can cause to a family.  When his aunt, at the age of only 36, was severely injured in a head-on car accident, his entire family was overwhelmed for the next 12 years as she lay in a nursing home in a coma, before finally passing away.  After experiencing the terrible complications such a situation causes spouses, children, parents and siblings, he made it his goal to develop the legal skills to assist clients to plan appropriately to minimize the emotional turmoil should the worst happen.

Frank focuses his practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Charitable Planning, Legacy Planning, Medicaid and Public Benefits Planning, Business Planning (including entity formation and succession planning), Estate and Gift Tax Planning, and Estate and Trust Administration and Litigation.  He also helps existing clients with Real Estate transactions (including construction law) and Consumer Advocacy issues.  He has prepared over 5000 estate plans as an attorney, as well as handling over 975 estate and trust administrations. 

Frank has achieved the highest rating for both legal and ethical standards (AV) by the most prestigious lawyer rating firm, Martindale Hubbell for the past four years in a row.  He has also been named a prestigious Five Star Wealth Advisor in the top 4% of Estate Planning Attorneys for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 by 5280 magazine and ColoradoBiz magazine.  Frank was also named a SuperLawyer for 2014, 2015 and 2016.  For the past four years  he has co-authored a book titled, "How to Protect Your Family's Assets From Devastating Nursing Home Costs--Medicaid Secrets" , as well as co-authoring the "Planning for Special Needs Children" Chapter in the Colorado Bar Association's Colorado Handbook of Elder Law for the past five years.

Frank has lectured extensively on estate planning to various groups around Colorado, including those associated with Colorado Jumpstart, Great West Life, Denver Community Credit Union, Senior Planning Services, Kaiser Permanente, US West/Qwest, Capital Management Group, the Colorado association of Public Employees, Senior Tax Advisory, AG Edwards, Edward Jones, Wells Fargo, The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Coors, and numerous churches, temples and labor unions throughout the state.  Frank is often asked to speak on television and radio given his broad experience in estate planning.  He has taught classes on Estate Planning and Estate/Trust Administration for the Colorado Bar Association, National Business Institute, Front Range Community College and Colorado Mountain College.

Frank is a Colorado native who graduated from Regis Jesuit High School and enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa and young children Zachary, Taylor and Jaden.  Frank graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. degree in Political Science, receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of  Law.  Frank is admitted to the Colorado Bar and is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, where he belongs to the Trust and Estate, and Elder Law Sections.  He is also a member of the Denver Estate Planning Council and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. 

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security & Veterans Benefits
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Legacy Planning
  • Special Needs & Disability Planning for Adults and Children
  • Probate Law & Probate Litigation
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Gift Tax Planning
  • Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1996

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
    • Juris Doctor
  • University of Colorado
    • B.S.
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Co-authored, “How to Protect Your Family’s Assets From Devastating Nursing Home Costs--Medicaid Secrets”
  • Co-authored “Planning for Special Needs Children” Chapter in the Colorado Bar Association’s Colorado Handbook of Elder Law

Classes/Seminars

  • Taught, Estate Planning and Estate/Trust Administration for the Colorado Bar Association
  • Taught, National Business Institute
  • Taught, Front Range Community College
  • Taught, Colorado Mountain College

Honors and Awards

  • Five Star Wealth Advisor by 5280 magazine and ColoradoBiz magazine, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • SuperLawyer, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • AV rating by Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Denver Estate Planning Council, Member, 2000 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Guardian,The Guardianship Alliance of Colorado