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Bette Heller


  • Bette Heller has been practicing law in the Denver area, and in the same two locations for over 30 years.

  • Bette Heller has a special ability to explain legal issues in layman's terms, translating complex legal terms and theories into simple, understandable English.

  • Bette Heller is committed to listening to her clients' legal needs and their desires for handling their assets and family members to accomplish goals as easily as possible.

  • Bette Heller is committed to educating her clients about their options, recommending the best solutions to their needs while respecting the choices her clients' are comfortable with.

  • Bette Heller, a sole practitioner, provides personalized attention, yet because she office shares with other respected attorneys practicing in the same areas of law, her clients are covered if she is unavailable.

  • Bette Heller prefers the personal attention of phone calls rather than an email. She is committed to returning her messages within 24 hours.

  • Bette Heller works with clients of all financial means, from those with very modest estates to those with sophisticated taxable estates. She treats each and every client, no matter what their net worth, with the same respect and attention to detail.

  • Bette Heller is willing to coordinate with the client's Income Tax Professional, Financial Planner, and other professionals familiar with the client's financial needs and personal desires. Also, she is happy to include members of the client's family such as adult children, parents or siblings in the planning process.

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Ms. Heller received her B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1972. She began her legal career as a Paralegal, graduating from the Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1974. After several years as a Paralegal in the Trust and Estates area, Ms. Heller became a lawyer, receiving her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1979. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado and in the United States District Court for Colorado in October 1980.

As a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Ms. Heller has been a voting Member of the Trust and Estate Council, and a member of the Committee on Legal Problems of the Elderly.

She has also been an active member of the Statutory Revisions Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Colorado Bar Association since 1984. This committee drafts and monitors legislation in the area of Estate and Trust law. Ms. Heller has served as its Co-Chair, Chair, and Legislative Liaison.

Ms. Heller has served on several sub-committees of the Statutory Revisions Committee, most notably as a member of the UPC II Committee, which oversaw a major revision of the Colorado Probate Code in 1994. As a member of that Committee, Ms. Heller drafted the current Colorado "Pets Trust" Statute, allowing people to leave money in trust for the care of their pets should the person become incapacitated or die.

Ms. Heller is also a member of the Aurora Bar Association, the Arapahoe Bar Association, and the Denver Bar Association; as well as a past member of the Centennial Estate Planning Council, the Douglas County Bar Association, and the Douglas County Seniors Council.

Ms. Heller has authored several articles on legal issues both for the legal community and the general public, including The Colorado Lawyer, the monthly publication of the Colorado Bar Association. She also lectures from time to time on these subjects, including having been a lecturer for the Senior Law Day, an educational program for Senior Citizens, addressing their special legal needs.