During law school, Mr. Chayet's grandmother, Letty Milstein, was the principle party in one of the most controversial and well known 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 and probate litigation.
A sampling of Mr. Chayet's broad experience in elder law and complex probate litigation includes: Litigating contested guardianship and conservatorship proceedings for adults and minors; Litigating will contests and fiduciary defense actions; Representation of guardians, conservators and fiduciaries; Trust administration and trust litigation; Drafting complex wills and complex trusts; Contested and non-contested estate administration; and negotiating, contracting and selling of estate real property. Mr. Chayet's expertise in the area of elder law has been demonstrated through his publishing in the areas of elder law as well as public speaking appearances including appearing on the Colorado television show Senior Survival, being a frequent guest lecturer for the University of Denver College of Law Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, and lecturing on various elder law topics for Continuing Legal Education International, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Colorado Bar Association.
Mr. Chayet is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys where the Academy asked Mr. Chayet to serve on the Academy's Membership Committee, Practice Development Committee as well as serving as an officer of the Colorado Chapter of NAELA. Mr. Chayet continues to be an active member of the Elder Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association where fellow Colorado elder law attorneys voted Mr. Chayet on to the Executive Council of the Elder Law Section. 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 of many not-for-profit organizations including the Guardianship Alliance of Colorado, Colorado Citizens for Accountability, Allied Jewish Apartments, Jewish Senior Recreation Network, the Foundation For Hope and the Life Source Services Hospice. Mr. Chayet received his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of 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. Mr. Chayet is also a graduate of the Army and Navy Academy and received his childhood education at the Grayland Country Day School.
Areas of Practice:
Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security & Veterans Benefits
Special Needs Trusts
Guardianship & Conservatorships
Guardian ad Litem
Wills, Powers of Attorney & Trusts
Types of Trusts
Asset Protection Planning
Special Needs & Disability Planning for Adults and Children
Disability & Special Needs Planning
The Use of Trusts in Disability Planning
Understanding Your Private Insurance
Probate Law & Probate Litigation
Estate & Trust Administration
Representation of Fiduciaries
Consulting Counsel for Family Law
Consulting Counsel to Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Cases
Real Estate Transactions
University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
The University of California, Berkeley
The University of Colorado, Boulder
Bachelor of Arts
Guest Lecturer, Advanced Legal Studies, University of Denver College of Law Institute
Lecturer, Colorado Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Lecturer, Senior Law Day of Colorado
Lecturer, Certified Public Accountants, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Honors and Awards:
William O. Desouchet Award, Best Individual Performance in Trial Advocacy
National Award, Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition
Professional Associations and Memberships:
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Trust and Estate Section
The American Bar Association
The Denver Bar Association
National Academy of Special Needs Planners
At some point in their lifetime, everyone needs a little help and guidance. Our elder law attorneys help people prepare for the time when they or their loved ones will face issues such as aging, incapacity, disability, professional long-term care, and death.
Elder law encompasses all of the aspects of planning, counseling, educating, and advocating for seniors. It is at the core of all we do at Chayet & Danzo, LLC. In addition to seniors, we represent caregivers and fiduciaries, including children, conservators, guardians, estate administrators, trustees, and agents who have the responsibility of caring for an elderly person or disabled adult.
While good planning is important at all stages of life, it is a must for the elderly. The legal problems of the elderly are often linked to the aging process and can include problems of incapacity and long-term health care issues. Our attorneys assist clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, locating the appropriate type of care facility, coordinating private and public resources, such as Medicaid, to finance the cost of care,
and advocating to ensure our client's right to quality care.
Our elder law attorneys go beyond conventional issues and offer practical assistance to our clients in a number of areas, including: drafting durable powers of attorney, health Care and End-of-Life directives, fiduciary Representation, public benefit counseling, private insurance counseling, estate and gift tax advice, elder abuse, and placement counseling.