Trusts, Wills & Powers of Attorney
Probate & Estate Settlements
Protecting Assets from Nursing Homes
Elder Law, Medicaid & Veterans’ Benefits
Guardianships, Conservatorships & Disputes
Richard Hughes
  • Attorney


Denver, CO






Richard is a graduate of Indiana University where he majored in education, biology and chemistry, and the University Of Denver College Of Law. He and his staff have hosted thousands of webinars, workshops and panel discussions on a variety of estate planning topics, including probate avoidance, tax savings, powers of attorney, living wills, HIPAA, disability issues, asset-protection strategies, Medicaid law and trust planning.

Richard is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, the Colorado Estate Planning Education Council and WealthCounsel. He is a former director of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys and Liberty Savings Bank, FSB, and was honored in 2010 as a top wealth manager by DenverBiz.

A prolific writer, Richard has authored numerous titles, including The Colorado Guide to the Living Trust, The Colorado Guide to Medicaid, The Colorado Guide to Probate, The Colorado Guide to Hospice Care, The Colorado Guide to VA Aid and Attendance, Colorado Life Care Planning and The How-to-Settle-My-Trust Manual. He also co-authored the 2009 Colorado-specific edition of Gabriel Heiser's consumer-friendly Medicaid planning book entitled How to Protect Your Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs.

Whether conducting a webinar or confidential client meeting, Richard translates difficult legal strategies into plain English and zeros in on real-life issues that concern most every American family – regardless of means.

Richard is proud of his peer-rated Martindale Hubbell “AV Preeminent” rating* (the very highest possible rating for both skills and ethics), his loyal staff of 17 professionals, his beautiful daughters – Hallie and Lauren – and the privilege of having helped over 80,000 families plan for their loved ones’ inheritances since 1974.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Areas Of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Asset-Protection Planning
  • Estate Settlement

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1973


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.S. - 1967

Honors and Awards

  • LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review and Bar Register
  • AVVO Rating of 10