Charles C. Spence

Charles Spence - Maynes, Bradford, Shipps, Sheftel LLP

Charles Spence is a partner in the law firm of Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, LLP. He practices in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, elder law, business transactions and planning, asset protection, and tax. Mr. Spence holds an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV® Preeminent™ Rating is the highest rating available). Mr. Spence has also received a Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion award of “Platinum” based on client review ratings (“Platinum” is the highest client rating available).


  • University of Denver Graduate Tax Program, LL.M. in Taxation
  • University of Tulsa, College of Law, J.D., with honor
  • Austin College, B.A. in Business Administration

Associations and Honors

  • Board Member, Trusts and Estates Section Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association,
  • Past Director, Real Property Trusts & Estates Section, New Mexico State Bar
  • Past Board Member and Treasurer, Elder Law Section Executive Council, Colorado Bar Association
  • Past Director and Officer, Elder Law Section, New Mexico State Bar
  • Past Director and Officer, Business Law Section, New Mexico State Bar
  • Member, Legal Regulation Committee, Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation
  • Member, Probate Rules and Forms Committee, Colorado Supreme Court
  • Past Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation
  • Past Board Member, Colorado Bar Association Executive Council
  • Past President, Southwest Colorado Bar Association
  • Graduate, Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program
  • Fellow Emeritus, Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Past President, Eastern Idaho 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
  • Board Member, Durango Chamber of Commerce, (Past Board President)

Admitted to Practice  

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

Presentations – Speaking Engagements

  • New Mexico State Bar, Probate Institute 2020 – Caution Ahead: Federal Tax Issues with Amending an Irrevocable Trust
  • SW Colorado Bar Association 2016 – What You Should Know About Long Term Care
  • Fort Lewis College 2014 – A Legal Perspective on Selling Your Business