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Susan M. Corle

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Estate Planning and Administration

Admitted

  • Colorado, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1983

Education

  • University of Colorado, J.D., 1983 (Order of the Coif)
  • Carleton College. B.A. in Romance Languages, 1979, summa cum laude

Recognition

Associations and Memberships

  • Mesa County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Biographical Details 

Susan Corle joined the firm in 1983, fresh out of law school. Mentored by several of the firm’s valued alumni, Susan’s integrity, responsiveness, clear writing, common sense, and direct approach to solving problems helped her develop a solid client base and referral network. Susan represents many of the firm’s long-standing clients. Having done a bit of everything over the years, she now focuses her practice on small business representation and estate planning and administration.

Business Law. Representing small businesses does entail working in several areas of the law. Susan helps clients choose and create appropriate entities for their business endeavors, from both a legal and tax perspective. She advises clients and drafts for them internal governing documents such as corporate articles and bylaws, LLC operating agreements, employment agreements for owners and managers, and buy-sell agreements. She also helps businesses with their external relationships, reviewing and drafting leases, loan agreements, contracts with customers and suppliers, and the many other contracts and relationships encountered in the operation of any business. Susan has represented many buyers and sellers in the acquisition or sale of operating businesses and real estate. Susan counts many health care practices and providers among her business clientele, and provides legal advice about the complex regulatory environment for health care providers.

Susan also helps businesses design, implement, and operate retirement and other employee benefit plans, as well as non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements for key employees. Susan’s clients in the employee benefits field have included private companies, local governments, and tax exempt organizations.

Estate Planning and Administration. Clients often know what they want to happen if they become incapacitated during lifetime, or what they want to happen to their property at death. But getting there is often not simple, and inaccurate and incomplete information abounds. Susan listens closely to the goals expressed by her estate planning clients; helps them choose among competing and sometimes confusing options; consults with the client’s tax and financial advisors; and prepares customized documents (wills, trust agreements, financial and medical powers of attorney, beneficiary designations, and other documents) to implement each client’s plan for dealing with incapacity and death.

When a family member dies, survivors may look to Susan for help with the technical details of administering the trust or estate and winding up the decedent’s affairs. In working with her, they will find efficiency, knowledge, and compassion.

Community Involvement. Susan’s community activities include:

  • Hilltop Community Resources
    • Board of Directors, 2014 to present
  • Business Incubator Center:
    • Regular presenter at Leading Edge course for start-ups and existing businesses, on choosing the right business entity (started years ago and continues to present)
    • Board of Directors, 2005-2013 (chair, 2010-2011).
  • HopeWest Planned Giving Council
    • Member, 2008 to present
    • Presentation, Estate Planning for Real People, June 2017, for HopeWest volunteers and employees
  • Presentation: Anatomy of an Employment Contract, to Mesa County Medical Society (2013) and residents of St. Mary’s Hospital Family Practice Residency (2016)
  • Western Slope Center for Children
    • Board of Directors, 1999 to 2004 (president, 2001-2002)
  • Mesa County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 1999-2004 (president, 2002-2003)
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Development Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 1994–1999
  • Leadership Class, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce (1995-1996)

Personal. Susan is a native Coloradan, born in Denver. She and husband Greg moved to Grand Junction after law school for the quality of life and outdoor opportunities. They have two grown sons, Sam and Nathan, and two grandchildren. Susan and Greg spend their free time enjoying the natural beauty and great outdoors of Western Colorado – hiking, fishing, camping, watching wildlife, and exploring. They can’t wait to introduce their grandchildren to the wild areas they love. Susan can identify most of the wildflowers found in this region and tries to grow some of them in her garden. She loves spoiling the grandchildren, good books, good wine, and cooking; according to Greg, Susan bakes the best pies this side of the Mississippi (just not often enough).

 

Williams, Turner & Holmes, P.C. serves clients in Grand Junction, Colorado and surrounding areas.