“The point at which personal, legal and tax considerations meet is where issues become more complicated, and for me, more interesting to solve.”
Laird Blue’s clients benefit from his knowledge, practical experience, and personal investment in solving their legal issues. He makes it a practice to look at all aspects of a client’s case before providing clear advice and strategies. Hands-on leadership and attention to detail helps position clients ahead of the issues and achieve their goals.
Laird’s tax practice centers on advising individuals, families, and corporations in tax controversy, estate planning and probate, deferred compensation, and general tax issues. He also works with mineral and royalty interest holders to manage their mineral interests. His corporate practice focuses on a wide range of general business issues encountered daily
In addition to practicing law, Laird is active professionally through the Colorado, Denver, and American Bar Associations and in the community, holding several rotating non-profit board positions in support of education and the arts. Outside of work, you’ll see Laird’s competitive nature on the tennis court and on the sidelines watching his sons’ baseball games and rugby matches.
Laird represents individuals, families, and entities in a wide variety of federal, state, and local tax matters. His insights support clients’ decision-making as they address personal and business income, employment, transfer and estate tax matters.
Tax controversy. Laird represents individuals and businesses before federal, state, and local taxing authorities in all aspects of civil tax controversy work, including audits, back tax payments, civil and trust fund penalty matters. His goal is to assist clients in understanding the immediate, short-term, and long-term implications of options available throughout the process. By anticipating information requests, negotiating reasonable agreements, and proactively communicating, Laird builds trust with taxing authorities that leads to better client outcomes. He also works with individuals, couples, and families with their estate planning needs.
Trust, estates, and probate. Laird represents personal representatives, executors, trustees, beneficiaries, and descendants in probate proceedings and matters. He assists personal representatives and executors with their obligations as a fiduciary of the estate. Laird works with trustees in the management of trusts for both current and contingent beneficiaries. He also guides beneficiaries with estates and trusts to assert and protect their rights during the probate process and/or the duration of a trust.
Deferred compensation. Laird prepares and reviews non-qualified deferred compensation plans and agreements, including stock options, stock appreciation right, phantom stock, and omnibus plans. He advises employers establishing new plans under §409A and handling issues arising over the life of a plan, including the impact of plan failures on the employer and plan participants. Laird also assists employees in understanding the impact of §409A on agreements with their employers.
Laird represents families and businesses that own mineral rights, royalty, interest and/or overriding royalty interests (mineral interests) in the management, monitoring, and monetizing of their mineral interests. He assists families as they contemplate mineral interest succession planning and whether to transfer their mineral interests to their descendants or to sell the mineral interests.
Laird advises families on the various methods available to them to transfer their mineral interests to their descendants, whether it be in trust, in a family-controlled entity, as outright gifts, and/or sales, and the income, estate, and transfer tax implications of the various options. He works with successive generations to educate them on their inherited mineral interests, understand the myriad of documents involved, and how to manage the mineral interests on their own. Laird helps owners:
Laird advises businesses and business owners on a wide variety of corporate and legal issues facing them today. These corporate matters range from advising on business structure to governance, contracts, and operations. He coordinates efforts among specialists—accountants, financial advisors, attorneys, insurance representatives, and other professional service providers—working on behalf of the client to design lasting solutions. Laird’s background in tax enables him to better advise clients on the tax and corporate implications of their business decisions.
Business & Corporate
Trusts & Estates