Mr. Smeenk counsels clients in real estate, estate planning and estate administration matters. He joined Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C. in 2007 as an attorney and became a shareholder in 2015.
In his real estate practice, Mr. Smeenk advises buyers, sellers and real estate brokers through all phases of purchase, sale and lease transactions. He has guided many clients through the nuances of loan modifications, short sales and foreclosures, and has settled or renegotiated tens of millions of dollars in loan obligations. He also advises real estate brokers in Colorado Real Estate Commission and federal compliance matters.
As an estate planning attorney, Mr. Smeenk routinely drafts wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills for clients. He also creates asset protection and gifting vehicles, including LLC's, family partnerships and complex trusts. His experience in drafting and implementing estate plans provides valuable insight when working through the probate administration process.
In estate administration proceedings, Mr. Smeenk represents personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries to ensure that post-death matters are administered appropriately. He also represents clients in connection with guardianship and conservatorship cases. Further, Mr. Smeenk coordinates a monthly volunteer probate clinic at the Boulder County Court where unrepresented parties can receive assistance from local attorneys.
Before practicing law full time, Mr. Smeenk gained practical small business management experience in growing from an intern to a Vice President / Corporate Counsel role with an event production company. His previous position as a licensed Mortgage Broker in North Carolina provides him with a functional understanding of property financing issues. Currently, Michael loves being a new dad and getting out for adventures with his family and dogs.EDUCATION
- University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, J.D., 2007
- University of Colorado Law Review: Casenote and Comment Editor
- State University of New York College at Geneseo
- B.S. Business Administration, cum laude, 2000
- Colorado and Boulder Bar Associations
- Boulder County Estate Planning Council
- Boulder County Pro Se Probate Clinic Coordinator
- How Does Seller Financing Work in Colorado Real Estate Deals?
- What do Dodd-Frank and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regulations Mean for Owner Financing in Colorado?
- The Impact of Colorado Fires on Contracts to Purchase Property
- Anatomy of a Loan Modification
- The Statute of Limitations on Colorado Home Loan Defaults Probably Isn’t What You Think
- Homeowners Who Faced Foreclosure May Be Entitled to More Than $125,000 for Lender Abuses
- What the National Mortgage Settlement Means for Colorado Homeowners
- Considerations Before Walking Away From a Mortgage
- Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (“HAFA”) When Mortgage Modification Isn’t Enough
- Home Affordability Modification Program (“HAMP”) Lender Incentives to Modify Mortgage Payments
- Upside Down Homes in Insolvent Estates
Estate planning and Probate
- Why Do I Need a Will?
- Clearing Title to Real Estate When a Tenant-in-Common Owner Dies
- Simple Wills and Advance Directives
- What is Probate Administration and Why is it Necessary?
- When Isn’t Probate Necessary?
- Upside Down Homes in Insolvent Estates
- Determination of Heirs Proceedings: Clearing Title in a Decedent’s Unadministered Property
- Qualifying for In-State Tuition at Colorado Colleges and Universities
- Farrah Soudani - Fundraising Press Release
Michael A. Smeenk is an attorney in the law firm of Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C., a Colorado law firm.  His practice areas include Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, Real Estate, and Corporations. He can be reached at contact Michael Smeenk.
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