About Cheryl Denton

MO, KS and CO Estate & Business Planning Attorney

Cheryl-Denton-bioCheryl Denton is the founder of Denton Law, L.L.C. in Lawrence, KS, with a practice focusing on wealth preservation and preparation of estate planning documents, administration of estates and trusts, estate and trust litigation, administration of guardianships and conservatorships, and business succession planning and tax planning for closely held businesses.

Cheryl has assisted hundreds of families plan for their and their families’ futures and assisted many clients to favorably settle family disputes out of court.

Cheryl is a co-author of “Spousal, Homestead & Other Statutory Rights,” Kansas Bar Association Probate and Trust Administration after Death (2008). Cheryl has presented at estate planning seminars and continuing legal education programs.

Prior to opening Denton Law, L.L.C. Cheryl practiced law at Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, L.L.P. and Barber Emerson, L.C. in Lawrence, Kansas and Lathrop & Gage, L.L.P. in Overland Park, Kansas. Prior to practicing law, Cheryl was an auditor at KPMG Peat Marwick and a financial analyst at Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Cheryl, a graduate of Kansas State University and University of Kansas School of Law, is a member of the Kansas, Colorado and Missouri Bars, and the American Bar Association.

When she is not practicing law, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, running, biking and swimming and participating in triathlons, walking her dog, traveling and reading. Cheryl completed the Louisville Ironman in 2008 and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Tax Court

Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas (1990)
  • B.A., major accounting, Cum Laude, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas (1981)
  • Certified Public Accounting, Missouri, 1982; Kansas, 1985

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
  • Order of the Coif
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts II
  • Top Grade in Federal Income Taxation
  • Top Paper in Estate Planning
  • Kansas Bankers’ Association Trust Division Scholarship

Speaking

  • “2010 Federal Estate Tax Repeal” – Pitfalls, Pratfalls, and Scofflaws
  • “Knight v. Commissioner: A Quandary for Trustees,” Kansas Trust Conference
  • “Spousal, Homestead and Other Statutory Rights,” Kansas Probate & Trust Administration After Death Handbook Debut sponsored by Kansas Bar Association CLE
  • “Spousal Rights,” Johnson County Estate Planning Council
  • “Estate and Legal Matters,” Skillbuilders, Douglas County Senior Services (semi-annually from 2007 – present)
  • “Estate Planning,” Kansas Elder Care
  • “The Spousal Elective Share,” Western Kansas Council on Estate Planning and Giving Seminar
  • “Retiring Wealthy: Who will Protect Me? Appointing your Attorney-in-Fact (DPOA),” Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association and Douglas County Community Foundation
  • “Kansas Estate Tax,” Douglas County Estate Planning Council
  • “Preparation of Kansas Estate Tax Return,” Douglas County Estate Planning Council
  • “Trust Accounting and Income Planning Issues,” Douglas County Estate Planning Council

Publications

  • “Spousal, Homestead and Other Statutory Rights,” Kansas Probate & Trust Administration After Death Handbook

Recent / Significant Decisions

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kansas Bar Association (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Douglas County Bar Association (President (2012), Vice-President (2011), Secretary (2010)
  • Douglas County Estate Planning Council (President, 2005 and 2010, Vice-President, 2004 and 2009; Continuing Legal Education Officer, 2003 and 2008)
  • Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium Committee (2009 – 2012)
  • Kansas Women’s Attorney Association
  • American Business Women’s Association
  • Judge Hugh Means American Inns of Court
  • WealthCounsel

Community Engagement

  • Health Care Access Clinic Board of Directors (2011-2014) Executive Committee, and Finance Committee and Treasurer
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Planned Giving Committee
  • Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
  • Fellow, Kansas Bar Foundation
  • Leadership Lawrence (class of 1999)