Law Office of Deborah L. Hoskins, PC

Providing Legal Counsel for Midlife and Beyond

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Firm Overview

I opened my law office in 1999 to provide elder law and estate planning services to the Colorado Springs, Tri Lakes and greater Denver metro areas. I also became a Registered Investment Adviser and founded Pikes Peak Financial Planning LLC in 2007 so that I could offer truly comprehensive legal and financial advice to my clients.

I exclusively focus on the common legal and planning needs of those in midlife and beyond. This includes planning for disability, mental incapacity or death with wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate administration, income tax issues, and Medicaid planning.

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My primary focus is on providing peace of mind for my clients. I help them clarify goals, overcome procrastination, and create a comprehensive plan for their loved ones and their assets. I bring to this endeavor my expertise in law, tax planning, investments and retirement planning to maximize wealth and family harmony, and minimize taxation and risk.

I also provide legal counsel to personal representatives as they navigate through the Colorado probate laws and procedures during estate administration.

Main Office

Main
PO Box 74
Monument  CO  80132

Phone
  • (719) 332-4856
Fax
  • (719) 481-1895

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I offer a 30 minute free initial consultation via telephone.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

My hourly rate is $240 per hour. Nolo clients are billed at $200 per hour. Typical costs for individuals with assets under $1 million are $700 for a will, financial and medical powers of attorney, and a living will. Married couples with assets under $1 million are typically charged $900 for the same package of documents.

Hourly Rates

My hourly rate is $240 per hour. Nolo clients are billed at $200 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Emergency after hours evenings and Saturdays. I also offer house and hospital calls within El Paso and Douglas Counties.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

  • Colorado Springs, CO
    102 S. Tejon Street
    Suite 1100
    Colorado Springs,  CO  80903

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Many people don't plan to fail, but merely fail to plan. Unchecked procrastination and uncertainty leads to stress, worry, and regret. I bring clarity, focus, and intelligent and objective counsel to inform my clients' planning.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage clients to learn as much as they can about their legal problems and solutions. That said, most laymen don't know what they don't know. I ask the questions that they don't know to ask. Such questions illuminate creative new possibilities and strategies, and spotlight potential legal or tax minefields to be avoided. I spend a lot of time keeping up to date on legal and tax issues so that you don't have to.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I will review documents prepared by others and suggest revisions when necessary. However, it is usually less expensive and time-consuming for the client if I draft the document after a focused, efficient, and comprehensive interview.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I will coach clients who wish to take a "do it yourself" approach with probate administration for estates without significant creditor issues. I do not, however, recommend this approach with estate planning, disability/special needs planning, or Medicaid eligibility planning. Taxation and government benefits law are just too complex and ever-changing for the typical layman, and significant amounts of money may be lost or forfeited with poor or incomplete planning.

Deborah L Hoskins, JD, CFP

During law school, I interned at Heyl, Royster, Voelker and Allen, a law firm specializing in insurance defense. Upon graduation from law school, I joined the administrative staff of Electronic Decisions Incorporated, a semiconductor firm in Urbana, Illinois. From 1984 to 1994, my chief responsibilities were human resources, benefits administration, and corporate compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

During my time off, I also earned a Master's degree in Personal Financial Planning and achieved the Certified Financial Planner designation. Traditional estate planning is usually just concerned with end-of-life issues, whereas holistic life planning is concerned with maximizing choices and wealth and minimizing risk and taxation now. Everyone benefits from comprehensive and unbiased counsel for all of life's goals, so I acquired the expertise and necessary licenses to provide comprehensive planning.

My strengths are listening and asking the right questions to uncover the optimal resolution of legal problems.

Personal interests:

I've always been involved with my community. Over the years, I've contributed as a volunteer domestic violence counselor, unplanned pregnancy counselor, Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout assistant scoutmaster, Alzheimer's Association speaker, nursing home visitor, Toastmasters officer, and served on various boards of directors and other church, community and school district committees. My passion also includes embracing Colorado and all it offers. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, skiing, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, shooting sports, and elk hunting. Most recently, I was a muzzleloading rifle instructor for the NRA's 2010 Women's Wilderness Escape. I've been married for 30 years, and am the constant companion of a yellow Labrador retriever.

License
  • Bar Number: 30302
    Colorado , 1998
Education
  • University of Illinois College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1984
    Urbana-Champaign, IL
    • Employment/Labor Law
    • Negotiation/Mediation/Arbitration Law
  • College for Financial Planning
    Master of Science, Personal Financial Planning , 2005
    Greenwood Village, CO
    Retirement Planning.
  • University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    Bachelor of Science, Biology Honors , 1978
    Urbana-Champaign
    Dean's List

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