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Michael Smeenk counsels clients in real estate, estate planning, business, and estate administration matters. He joined Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C. as an attorney in 2007 and became a shareholder in 2015.

In his real estate practice, Mr. Smeenk advises buyers, sellers, real estate brokers, and property managers through all phases of purchase, sale, and lease transactions. Michael’s sound and straightforward advice guides clients when structuring real estate deals, working through due diligence negotiations, and generally navigating inevitable bumps in the road.

Mr. Smeenk’s background as a licensed mortgage broker positioned him to become a leading national expert in post-Dodd Frank seller financing matters. It also makes him a trusted guide for new borrowers when obtaining a loan, or existing borrowers in dealing with loan modifications, short sales, foreclosures, and other complex real estate-related financing matters. Michael teaches continuing education classes to Colorado real estate brokers and advises brokers on Colorado Real Estate Commission and federal regulatory compliance matters.

As an estate and business planning attorney, Mr. Smeenk provides comprehensive estate and wealth planning services to individuals, families, and a variety of entities. Michael routinely drafts wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills for clients. He also prepares asset protection and gifting vehicles such as LLCs, family partnerships, and complex trusts. Professionals from a wide range of industries have relied on Mike’s guidance and expertise when buying or selling their businesses.

Mr. Smeenk’s experience in drafting and implementing estate plans provides valuable insight when working through probate estate and trust administrations. In these types of proceedings, Michael represents personal representatives, trustees, and beneficiaries to ensure that post-death matters are administered accurately and in compliance with Colorado law.

Before practicing law full time, Mr. Smeenk gained practical business and management experience in advancing from an Intern to Vice President / Corporate Counsel role with a music production company. Michael believes that the role of an effective attorney is to find practical real-world solutions for clients, not to unnecessarily overcomplicate things. When he’s not in the office, Mike’s probably out for adventures with his family and dogs.

  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2007
    • University of Colorado Law Review: Casenote and Comment Editor
  • B.S., State University of New York College at Geneseo
    • Business Administration, cum laude, 2000
  • Colorado and Boulder Bar Associations
  • Boulder County Estate Planning Council
  • Boulder County Pro Se Probate Clinic Volunteer
  • Colorado Real Estate Commission Annual Update class
  • Probate and Trust Administration for REALTORS®
  • Statutory Restrictions on Private Lending (Boulder County Bar Association)
  • Real Estate

    Estate planning and Probate



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    What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will?

    A will is the roadmap that directs what happens to someone’s probate assets when they die.  The will also nominates a personal representative to administer the estate.  But what happens when someone dies “intestate,” or without a will?  In those situations, the Colorado Probate Code directs who inherits from the estate and who has priority

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    What is a Personal Representative’s Deed?

    When someone dies owning an interest in real estate, the legal instrument used to convey the property is a Personal Representative’s Deed.  In the deed, the Personal Representative (“PR”) of the estate transfers the deceased owner’s interest to either a third-party buyer or an estate beneficiary. Does a Personal Representative’s Deed Require a Probate Administration?

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    Parent Loans for Colorado Real Estate Purchases

    Q:  I’m a parent.  Can I loan money to my child to buy a home in Colorado? Can I secure the loan against the property?   What do I need to do? As of August 2016, the answer is “yes” – parents can loan money to their children to buy real estate in Colorado and they

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    For Sale By Owner Transactions in Colorado

    Q:  I’m a homeowner. I want to list my Colorado property for sale. Can I do it by myself (For Sale By Owner)? When a homeowner considers listing their property for sale, one of the first questions they typically ask themselves is: “Should I list the property through a real estate broker?” Experienced real estate

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    Why Do I Need a Will?

    Many people understand that a will acts as the roadmap for distributing someone’s assets upon death. However, not everyone realizes that a will does much more than specifying who receives what. Some of the other important functions that a will can serve include the following: Nominate a Personal Representative. The PR collects the assets of

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    Clearing Title When Tenant-in-Common Owner Dies

    Clearing Title to Real Estate When a Tenant-in-Common Owner Dies Q:  How is title to real estate cleared when someone dies owning property as tenants in common with other owners? A:  Through a probate proceeding. I frequently hear from sellers or real estate brokers when they discover the following closing Requirements on Schedule B-1 of their title

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    How Does Seller Financing Work?

    How Does Seller Financing Work in Colorado Real Estate Deals? Q:  I’ve listed my home for sale. A potential buyer is interested, but can’t qualify for a loan. Is there some way to facilitate the sale without an outside lender being involved? A:  Yes – if the seller acts as the lender. This article will describe seller

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    Dodd-Frank, Consumer Financial Protection & Owner Financing

    What do Dodd-Frank and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regulations Mean for Owner Financing in Colorado? The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) introduced a host of new regulations designed to protect consumers and avoid another housing collapse. Key components of Dodd-Frank were designed to create greater certainty that borrowers can repay their

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    Mike 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 PlanningTrust and Estate AdministrationReal Estate, and CorporationsContact Mike Smeenk.

    Disclaimer — Content is general information only. Information is not provided as advice for a specific matter, nor does its publication create an attorney-client relationship. Laws vary from one state to another. For legal advice on a specific matter, consult an attorney.

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