M. Kent Olsen

M. Kent Olsen

Denver, Colorado

M. Kent Olsen is the founding partner of the Law Offices of M. Kent Olsen, who specializes in estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, guardianships and conservatorships, advanced medical directives, individuals with disabilities, and elder law. Mr. Olsen was Referee of the Denver Probate Court for six years prior to founding Olsen & Traeger, LLP. Mr. Olsen is a member of the Colorado, Denver and American Bar Associations, as well as the Denver Estate Planning Council. As a long-term member of the Trust and Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, Mr. Olsen previously served as Chair of the Section, Chair of the Rules and Forms Committee, Column Editor for The Colorado Lawyer - Estate and Trust Forum, and Co-Chair of the Protective Proceedings Act Subcommittee; at this time, Mr. Olsen continues as a member of the Statutory Revisions Committee. Mr. Olsen was an appointed member of the Governor's Commission on Life and the Law. In addition to being a former instructor for paralegals and a member of the advisory board of Denver Career College, Mr. Olsen is a frequent author and lecturer on probate, estate litigation, disabilities planning, health care treatment, protective proceedings, legal ethics, and issues on aging. Mr. Olsen is President and a founding member of the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities, Inc., a pooled Medicaid trust; a past President of Advocacy Denver, an advocacy organization for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities; and a Board member of Arc of Colorado. Mr. Olsen's name appears in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Additionally, Mr. Olsen has been named as a Colorado Super Lawyer since 2006.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Medicaid and Disability Planning
  • Business Planning

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1975
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
    • B.S. - 1970
    • Major: History


  • 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 Elder Law - Legal, Financial, Medicaid, Health Education Network, 2008 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1989 - 2015
  • Schenkein Distinguished Service Award - Advocacy Denver
  • Who's Who in America, 2001 - 2012
  • Who's Who in the World, 2003 - 2012
  • Who's Who in American Law, 2009 - 2012
  • President's Award - The Arc of Denver
  • President's Award - Adult Care Management, Inc.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member, 1975 - Present
  • Trust and Estate Section, Colorado Bar Association (Former Chair)
  • Rules and Forms Committee, Colorado Bar Association (Former Chair)
  • Statutory Revisions Committee, Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Lawyer: Estate and Trust Form, Colorado Bar Association (Former Editor)
  • Protective Proceedings Act Subcommittee, Colorado Bar Association (Former Co-Chair)
  • Denver Bar Association, Member, 1982 - Present
  • Advocacy Denver f/k/a The Arc of Denver (Former President), Member, 1989 - Present
  • Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities (Former and Current President), Member, 1994 - Present
  • Denver Estate Planning Council, Member
  • American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Member
  • Colorado Association for Homes and Services for the Aging, Member
  • Governor's Commission on Life and Law, Appointed Member, 1990 - 2000
  • Adult Care Management, Inc. (Former Board of Director), Member, 1985 - 1995

Past Employment Positions

  • M. Kent Olsen, P.C., Sole Practitioner, 1995 - 2001
  • Haines & Olsen, Partner, 1989 - 1995
  • Denver Probate Court, Referee/Magistrate, 1983 - 1989
  • William Myrick, P.C., Associate, 1982 - 1983
  • Buchanan, Thomas & Johnson, Associate, 1980 - 1982
  • Johnson & McLachlan, Associate, 1975 - 1980
  • Sixteenth Judicial District Attorneys Office, Deputy District Attorney, 1977 - 1978

Pro Bono Activities

  • Denver Probate Pro Se Clinic, 2005 - Present