John J. Silver is of counsel with Steenrod, Schwartz & McMinimee, LLP, and serves as the senior member of the estate planning and transfer tax planning group.
John is a Colorado native who earned his law degree in 1979 from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. In 1980, John began practicing law at a large Denver firm, where he limited his practice to estate planning, gift and estate tax planning, and postmortem estate and trust administration.
In 2002, John co-founded Moser and Silver LLP, together with his law partner Mary E. Moser, with whom John practiced continuously from 1980 to 2013, when Mary retired from the practice of law. W. Douglas Hoak joined the firm in 2012 and became a partner in 2013, when the firm was re-named Moser Silver and Hoak LLP.
John has received the highest rating of “AV” from the Martindale Hubble attorney rating system.
- John’s experience includes:
- preparing basic wills and trusts for families that do not require gift and estate planning;
- planning for incapacity, using powers of attorney, HIPAA authorization instruments, living wills, and guardianship appointment instruments;
- sophisticated planning to minimize federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, including:
- annual gift planning;
- irrevocable life insurance trusts;
- irrevocable multi-generation family trusts designed to eliminate gift and estate taxes as successive generations within a family;
- planning for charitable dispositions, including charitable split-interest trusts;
- postmortem estate and trust administration, including planning for postmortem disclaimers when appropriate;
- modification or termination of irrevocable trusts the purposes of which have been eroded by changed circumstances.