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Chelsea May


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Chelsea draws on legal knowledge and experience as a CPA to deliver pragmatic solutions to clients’ tax and business planning needs.

As a former Certified Public Accountant, Chelsea brings a unique and practical perspective to her clients’ tax and business planning needs. By combining her extensive legal know-how with her previous auditing and accounting experience, she crafts creative business-focused solutions.

Chelsea prepares estate planning, philanthropic, business succession and wealth transfer planning documents that incorporate and reflect a client's individual objectives, philosophies, and goals. She also works with founders, individuals of high net-worth, and families to design multi-generational and succession plans that minimize future conflict and optimize administrative ease and tax efficiency.


  • Estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning
  • Irrevocable trust planning including intentionally defective irrevocable trusts (IDITs), dynasty trusts, grantor trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), and irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs)
  • Values based trusts
  • Business succession planning
  • Private trust companies
  • Community and marital property planning
  • Planning for minors
  • Wills and revocable trusts
  • Powers of attorney and living wills
  • Asset titling and customized beneficiary designations
  • Estate administration
  • Trust administration
  • Limited liability companies and family partnerships
  • Income tax planning
  • Charitable planning


Bar Admissions


  • Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Estate & Probate, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Trusts and Estates, 2020, 2022; Tax Law, 2021, 2022

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Section of Taxation and Section of Probate and Trust, Member
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Destination Imagination Colorado, Volunteer

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