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Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Section of Trusts & Estates

  • Larimer County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates

  • WealthCounsel Member

  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trusts & Estates



Ms. Van Ackern’s transactional practice includes assisting clients in all areas of general and complex estate and trust planning, wealth transfer planning, gifting, charitable giving, and estate and trust administration.  Her practice also includes business organization and governance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, sales, franchisor and franchisee representation, contracts, licensing and distribution agreements.


Cheryl frequently makes presentations to the public and professional groups on topics relating to estate and trust planning, transfer tax planning, estate and trust administration, gifting, and real estate titling.

Prior to joining the practice in 1999, Cheryl served as in-house legal counsel for Woodward, Inc., focusing on complex customer and supplier contracts, distribution agreements, managing contract and products liability, advising human resources, intellectual property coordination, corporate branding, and general legal matters.


Cheryl is an Advisory Board Member of Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, a local organization assisting the U.S. Forest Service in the patrol and maintenance of trails and recreation areas of the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests, and is a member of WomenGive, a United Way of Larimer County organization that provides support and financial assistance through childcare scholarships to single mothers pursuing postsecondary education.  She has served on the Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation and Planned Giving Committee, and has been a member of WISH (Women Involved in Strategies for Health), a community health initiative of UC Health.


Cheryl grew up in Fort Collins before attending Creighton University where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate in Law.  She is licensed to practice in Colorado and is a member of the Colorado and Larimer County Bar Associations and WealthCounsel.

For more information, call us at 970.493.8787 or send Cheryl an e-mail.

  • Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law, 1993

  • B.S.B.A from Creighton University Heider School of Business, 1991 

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado 

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