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Stephanie L. Vara

Stephanie Vara focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration, business succession planning and charitable giving. She advises a wide range of clients, including high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals and families, fiduciaries, nonprofits and family businesses.  

She has experience drafting documents for and implementing a variety of estate planning strategies, such as dynasty trusts, life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, asset protection trusts, charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts. Stephanie also has experience resolving estate tax audits and advising clients regarding the formation, governance and administration of private foundations and other tax exempt organizations, including tax compliance.

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Basis of Grantor Trust Assets at Death: What Treasury Should Do," Tax Notes, August 6, 2018
  • Author, "Two Cheers for Decanting: A Partial Defense of Decanting Statuses as a Tool for Implementing Freedom of Disposition," Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal, Volume 32, Issue 1
  • Denver

    1515 Wynkoop Street
    Suite 600
    Denver, CO 80202

Court Memberships

  • New York
  • Not currently licensed in Colorado

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2017

Duke University, B.A., Art & Art History, magna cum laude, 2013

  • Certificate, Markets & Management Studies

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French