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Joseph B. Colvin

Member, Lexington

Joe is a Member with Stoll Keenon Ogden in the Lexington office. He joined the firm in 2012 and is a member of the Trusts, Estates & Family Law practice. He focuses on estate and gift planning, business succession for privately held companies, estate administration and trust administration.

Prior to joining the firm, Joe began his career at Deloitte Tax LLP where he acted as tax manager advising affluent individuals, closely-held businesses, and trusts with income and transfer tax compliance and consulting matters. Additionally, he was a consultant on trust, partnership and S corporation agreements.

Joe is a member of the Kentucky and Louisville Bar associations.

Ohio State University
2005, J.D.
University of Kentucky
2002, B.S.


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Work Highlights

Family Business Succession Planning and Estate Planning with Special Trusts

Represented husband and wife in planning for their business and estates by restructuring the company into voting and nonvoting shares, allowing them to transfer value while maintaining control, and preparing and implementing a stock restriction agreement, a multi-generation family protection trust, traditional A/B trust planning, essential planning, a qualified personal residence trust, a vacation home trust, and gifting trusts for each grandchild.

Related Practices: Business Services

Family Estate Planning with Private Family Foundation and Charitable Lead Trust

Represented husband and wife in planning for their family and multi-million dollar estates by preparing and implementing multi-generational spousal limited access irrevocable trusts, traditional A/B trust planning, essential planning, a charitable lead annuity trust and a private family foundation.

Related Practices: Business Services

Family Business Succession Planning- Sale to Grantor Trusts- Charitable Planning

Represented multi-generation family in planning for their family and estates after the sale of the family business, including preparing and/or implementing Delaware Trusts, a charitable lead annuity trust, limited liability companies, sale to dynasty trusts and valuation discounts as well as assisting in the administration of the estates of several family members after their unexpected deaths.

Related Practices: Business Services

Reorganization of Equine Business, Insurance Trust and Gift Planning

Represented a husband and wife in planning and implementing the reorganization of a multi-million dollar equine business; in the preparation of multi-generation irrevocable trusts for each of the children and the gifting of interests in the equine business on a discounted basis to the trusts; in planning and implementing a multi-million dollar life insurance trust; and in preparing and implementing a beneficiary defective irrevocable dynasty trust.

Related Practices: Business Services, Tax

Trust Reformations- Delaware Directed Trusts

Represented a corporate trustee in amending multiple 1950s trusts to be directed trusts, transferring administration of the trusts to Delaware and obtaining a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service to confirm the continuing applicability of the generation-skipping tax grandfathered exempt status of the trusts.

Related Practices: Tax
News Publications Seminars
"Gift and Estate Planning - A New Focus," Society of Financial Service ProvidersNov. 17, 2011
"Tax Planning and Policy: The Road Ahead," UBSJun. 30, 2011
"Considerations for Conversion to a Roth IRA," Society of Financial Service ProvidersDec. 1, 2010
"Fiduciary Income Tax and Accounting Issues," Huntington National BankNov. 20, 2009