Charles C. Spence

Charles Spence - Maynes, Braford, Shipps, Shefftel LLP

Charles Spence is a partner in the law firm of Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, LLP.  He joined the firm after several years of practice with law firms in Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah.  Charles practices in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, elder law, business transactions and planning, asset protection, and tax.


  • University of Denver Graduate Tax Program, LL.M. (Masters in Taxation)
  • University of Tulsa, College of Law, J.D., with honor
    • Production Editor – Tulsa Law Journal
    • CALI Award for Excellence – Jurisprudence
    • Phi Delta Phi – Legal Honor Society
  • Austin College, B.A. in Business Administration

Associations and Honors

  • Board Member and Treasurer, Elder Law Section Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association, 2015-
  • Director and Budget Officer, Elder Law Section, New Mexico State Bar, 2017-
  • Director and Budget Officer, Business Law Section, New Mexico State Bar, 2018-
  • Director, Real Property, Trust and Estates Section, New Mexico State Bar, 2018-
  • Member, Probate Rules and Forms Committee, Colorado Supreme Court, 2016-
  • Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation, 2015-
  • Past President, Southwest Colorado Bar Association, 2013
  • Past Vice-President, Colorado Bar Association 6th District, 2015
  • Past Member, Colorado Bar Association Executive Council, 2015
  • Graduate, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (COBALT – 2014 Class)
  • Fellow Emeritus, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Past President, Eastern Idaho Estate Planning Council
  • Past Member, Denver Estate Planning Council
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
  • Designated as an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils*
  • Member, Business, Elder Law, Estate & Trust, & Tax Sections of the CBA
  • Member, Real Property, Trust & Estate, Elder Law, and Tax Sections of New Mexico State Bar
  • Board President, Durango Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, City of Durango Community Relations Commission
  • Board Member, The Arc of Southwest Colorado

Admitted to Practice

  • Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

* Colorado does not certify attorneys as “specialists” in any field