- Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, J.D., 1993, cum laude
- Xavier University, B.S.B.A., 1982, cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Colleen is a senior attorney in the Vorys Cincinnati office and is a member of the tax group. She practices in the areas of estate planning, including wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and living wills, as well as probate administration-decedent’s estate and guardianships. Colleen has significant experience in representing guardians whose wards are receiving disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA guardianships).
Her Notable Experience Includes:
- Certified Specialist-Estate Planning and Probate Law, Ohio State Bar Association
Colleen is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, and Greater Cincinnati Estate Planning Counsel. Colleen also participates in – and Vorys is an advisor member of – the Family Office Exchange, an authority on matters related to legacy wealth management.
Colleen has lectured on several topics including Basic Estate Planning and Probate; The Use of Life Insurance in Estate Planning; Trusts in Ohio; and Administering a Decedent’s Estate in Ohio.
Colleen received her J.D. cum laude from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, in 1993. She was a member of the Law Review, Moot Court and Student Bar Association. Colleen received her B.S.B.A. cum laude from Xavier University in 1982.
Professional and Community Activities
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee 2001-2005; Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee 1996-2000
- Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class IV
- Local Rules Committee, Hamilton County, Ohio Probate Court, 2005-2012
- North College Hill Community Senior Center, Board of Trustees, 1998-2002; Secretary 2001
Honors & Awards
- Gilbert Bettman Moot Court Competition, Best Oralist, First Place Overall; Book Award, Commercial Paper
- Xavier University, Presidential Scholarship
- 9/24/2019What Can (and Can’t) Be Done?: Best Practices for Trustees Who Suspect Incapacity of Settlor, Co-Trustee, or BeneficiaryBeth Weinewuth and Colleen Laux, attorneys in the Vorys trust, estates and wealth transfer group, presented a complimentary webinar on the best practices for trustees who suspect incapacity of a settlor, co-trustee or beneficiary on September 24, 2019.
- 12/7/2017Vorys attorneys Colleen Laux J.B. Lind, Beth Weinewuth, and Lisa Babish Forbes presented at Butler County Bar Association’s trust and estate CLE presentation on December 7, 2017.
- 11/14/2017Vorys Senior Attorney Colleen Laux presented at the 27th Annual Basic Estate Planning & Probate Institute CLE program on November 14, 2017
- 6/20/2017Vorys attorneys Michelle Clemons, Suzanne Galyardt, Colleen Laux and Emily Pan were speakers at the Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning Seminar on June 20, 2017.
- 6/22/2016Vorys attorneys David Benedetto, Michelle Clemons, Colleen Laux, Mark Noel and Beth Weinewuth were speakers at Ohio State Bar Association’s Basic of Estate Administration on June 22, 2016.
- 4/27/2016Vorys attorneys Colleen Laux, Allen Rutz and Beth Weinewuth were speakers at the All-Ohio Legal Forum hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association on April 27-29, 2016.
- 6/26/2015Vorys attorneys Colleen Laux, Maria Moyer, Mark Noel and Beth Weinewuth were presenters at the Basics of Estate Administration Seminar hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association on June 26, 2015.
- 9/12/2012Vorys attorney Colleen Laux presented Elder Law: Legal, Financial and Health Care Issues at the Sterling Education Seminar on September 12, 2012.
- 6/3/2019Whether you’re planning early for your child’s future or contemplating how your youngest grandchild’s education will be covered after you’re gone, there are several tax-favorable mechanisms for funding growing education expenses.
- 4/16/2019Generally, a trustee is required to provide certain information and accountings to the beneficiary of an irrevocable trust.
- 1/22/2019If you’ve recently updated your estate plan, there may be outstanding tasks that require your attention.
- 12/20/2018In the 2017 Tax Act, the “basic exclusion amount” was doubled from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000.
- 11/15/2018The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law at the end of 2017 made sweeping changes to many laws affecting donors.
- 11/12/2018The significant increase in the federal estate/gift/GST tax exemption amount to $5,000,000 in 2011, which was made permanent in 2013, and then again increased to $11,180,000 in 2017, has substantially changed the focus of estate planning for many clients.
- 10/1/2018Gone are the days of going on vacation to get away. As technology continues to advance, society has not only become increasingly dependent on the ability to remotely handle routine tasks, but also on the capability to deal with more complicated tasks such as reviewing and signing involved legal documents.
- 4/16/2018Family office investment vehicles often are organized as limited partnerships or LLCs treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes.
- 1/29/2018If you have not looked at your estate plan recently, it’s time to do so.
- 1/18/2018Vorys is pleased to announce it has become an Advisor Member of Family Office Exchange (FOX).
- 12/28/2017On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (referred to herein as TCJA or the Act). Although the most discussed provisions of the Act concern income tax changes, the new tax law also contains provisions that directly or indirectly affect estate planning.
- 11/20/2017The U.S. Tax Court recently determined that the IRS can re-examine the deceased spouse’s estate tax return that reported the unused exclusion, without regard to any statute of limitations.
- 11/9/2017The latest and growing trend for high net worth families involves the formation of a Family Office.
- 10/12/2017It is very satisfying to finally complete your estate plan. Looking over the binder containing copies of your Will, Trust(s), Power of Attorney and ancillary documents, you feel quite accomplished.
- 8/21/2017Ohio Court of Appeals Rules That a Beneficiary's Interest in an Irrevocable Trust Is Not Subject to Equitable Division in a DivorceOne of the many reasons that clients consider trusts in their estate planning is to protect assets from the creditors of their beneficiaries.
- 7/6/2017Last Fall, Ohio joined several other states in enacting legislation that permits high net worth families to form their own family trust company, commonly referred to as a private trust company (PTC).
- 5/31/2017Recently, the Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 432, which became effective on April 6, 2017.
- 1/12/2017President-elect Donald Trump has promised major tax reform in 2017. With Republicans retaining majorities in both houses of Congress, there is now a real possibility that the federal estate tax and the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax may be repealed.
- 12/19/2016Client Alert: Ohio Senate Bill 232: Divorce Terminates Transfer-On-Death Deeds to Ex-Spouses Automatically and Inheritance Rights of the Pre-Gestated and Pre-Conceived are LimitedLast week, Governor Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 232, which makes changes to Ohio’s statutes on intestacy, wills, and trusts.
- 12/6/2016Choosing a trustee is one of the most important and, often times, the most difficult decision for clients when creating a trust.
- 10/6/2016IRA charitable rollovers, which first became available in 2006, were made permanent by federal legislation in late 2015.
- 7/18/2016What happens to your Facebook and Pinterest accounts when you die? What about all those photos and documents stored on the Cloud and Google Drive? How about all of your electronic passwords to access your bank accounts, investment accounts and retirement accounts? What about your YouTube channel, iTunes and Bitcoin accounts?
- 5/16/2016Many parents across the country will soon be preparing to take their adult child to college.
- 5/1/2016Colleen Laux, a senior attorney in the Vorys Cincinnati office, authored an article entitled "Superintendence Rule 66 and Its Impact on Your Guardianship Practice" for the May/June 2016 edition of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio.
- 3/21/2016It is important to regularly review asset titling and ensure such titling is consistent with one’s estate plan.
- 3/21/2016Mr. Smith, a widower, died survived by his three children. At the time of his death, Mr. Smith had the following assets: Residence (valued at $250,000), Checking/Savings Accounts (valued at $50,000) and Investment Account (valued at $600,000).
- 1/19/2016There are several ways in which a disgruntled beneficiary or disinherited heir can challenge a last will and testament or a trust.
- 11/18/2015There are three federal wealth transfer taxes: (1) the estate tax; (2) the gift tax; and (3) the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax.
- 9/21/2015There are three federal wealth transfer taxes: (1) the estate tax; (2) the gift tax; and (3) the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax.
- 5/18/2015Blending of families and the handling of the financial assets brought into a new marriage require estate planning solutions specially tailored to meet the unique circumstances inherent in such situations.
- 3/17/2015For decades, estate planners have been using trusts to help their clients save estate taxes.
- 1/26/2015As the new year is in full swing, you may or may not have ditched your resolutions by now.
- 1/21/2015We hope you and your family enjoyed a happy holiday season. We’re writing to introduce you to a new e-newsletter we will begin publishing next week.
- 3/18/2013Asset protection planners in Ohio will soon have one more arrow in their quivers. Effective March 27, 2013, Ohio law will permit the creation and funding of a domestic asset protection trust.
- 2/8/2013The new year has brought with it several permanent changes to the state and federal estate tax laws. These changes will have a major impact on estates and the terms of estate planning documents on a going forward basis.
- 1/14/2010The federal estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes were repealed effective Jan. 1, 2010.