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About Kirsten Waldrip

Kirsten Waldrip is a partner of Hardin, Waldrip, & Davis, PLLC. She has a passion for trust and estate law and business law, and enjoys creating plans to meet her clients needs. Prior to joining Hardin, Waldrip, & Davis, PLLC, Kirsten was a solo practitioner of her own firm, Waldrip Law, LLC. She has also worked as an associate attorney at law firms in Parker and Highlands Ranch, and was a Professor of estate planning at the College for Financial Planning.

Kirsten was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Arizona State University for her undergraduate degree. She then moved to New York to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney and received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. Following graduation, Kirsten joined her family in Colorado and began practicing law as an estate planning and administration attorney, and received her LL.M from the University of Denver.

In her free time, Kirsten enjoys spending time with her family and two Yorkies, country music concerts, getting lost in a good book, and cooking (not to be confused with baking!).

EDUCATION

  • University of Denver

    • LL.M. Masters of Law in Taxation

  • Syracuse University College of Law

    • Juris Doctor

  • Arizona State University

    • B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies of Business and Communication

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Colorado, 2011

  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2011

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section, Member

  • Douglas County Bar Association, Member

  • Women's Estate Planning Council, Past President, President, Vice President, Public Relations Committee Co-Chair

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Life Insurance in Estate Planning.” Colorado Bar Association Estate Planning Handbook.

  • "The Ins and Outs of Being an Executor." Certified Senior Advisor Journal. Volume 69. Winter 2017.

  • "Digital Assets in an Estate: Fiduciary or Computer Hacker?" Investments & Wealth Monitor, IMCA Investment Management Consultants Association. September/October 2016.

  • "Financial Planning for Same-Sex Couples." Certified Senior Advisor Journal. Volume 61. Summer 2015.

  • "The Durable General Power of Attorney: Friend or Frenemy?" Certified Senior Advisor Journal. Volume 57. Winter 2013

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • "Estate Planning and Life Insurance." Colorado Bar Association. Denver, CO. February 2018.

  • "Digital Assets in Estate Planning." College For Financial Planning. Centennial, CO. September 2017.

  • "Estate Planning for the Average Joe." College For Financial Planning. Centennial, CO. September 2016.

  • "Estate Planning and Life Insurance." Colorado Bar Association. Denver, CO. February 2016.

  • "Financial Planning for Unmarried Couples." Financial Planning Association, Pride Planners Conference. Boston, MA. September 2015.

  • "Estate Planning Basics." Colorado PERA Learning Symposium. Denver, CO. August 2015.

  • "All for One and One for All? Rights and Benefits of Modern Families." Garrett Planning Network National Conference. Broomfield, CO. July 2015.

  • "For Richer or Poorer: Estate Planning Post-DSUE." College for Financial Planning webinar series. Denver, CO. April 2015.

  • "Financial Planning for Same-Sex Couples Post-Windsor." SunTrust Wealth Management Regional Conference. Richmond, VA. February 2015.

Awards and Honors

2019 Best of the Best: Highlands Ranch Attorney

2019 Best of the Best: Highlands Ranch Attorney

2019 Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star

2019 Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star

2017 Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award for Estate Planning for Families

2017 Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award for Estate Planning for Families