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Firm Overview

My current law practice was established in 1991, after my previous law partner retired from the practice of law. I have been at my current location since 1995.

My firm's primary focus is on estate planning, probate and trust matters, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, powers of attorney and health care directives. I pioneered affordable estate planning that includes a client guide, and easy-to-use methods that allow clients to provide the information needed and custom tailor their documents.

My estate planning clients can work entirely over the internet, making it easy for those who cannot come to my office because of distance, work schedules or other issues.

I also handle probate cases and estate litigation, which gives me a broader insight into drafting enforceable estate documents and helps me to avoid challenges. With a background in both litigation and drafting documents, I also effectively represent clients who are facing estate litigation, palimony cases and related matters.

My background in family law provides the experience needed to help clients draft effective premarital agreements.

My commitment is to make quality, affordable legal services available to every Californian.

Example cases

In addition to hundreds of estate planning and probate clients, I have been the attorney of record in the following example cases:

Extensive estate litigation involving siblings disputing the distribution of their parents' multi-million dollar estate.
Result: settlement at trial.

Litigation by trust beneficiary challenging restrictions on distribution.
Result: successful litigation.

Successfully transferred assets after death when the person failed to properly transfer property to her trust.

Main Office

Main
10940 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1400
Los Angeles  CA  90024

Phone
  • (310) 209-8080
Fax
  • (310) 208-8582

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I offer a free consultation so that you can determine whether you wish to work with me.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

For estate planning clients I have available some of the most affordable fixed-fee services, as well as hourly-based fees.

Fixed fees for estate plan packages (Living/revocable trust, Will, Health Care Directive, Durable Power of Attorney) are:

Individual estate planning package $895
Couple's estate planning package $1,195

If you mention "Nolo" when you retain me I will give you a $100 discount of these fees.

Hourly Rates

$325 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Appointments made 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Home appointments available in special circumstances.

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

No

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

After years of a very diverse practice I decided that as the complexity of the law increased my clients deserved an attorney focused on a specific field of law. Estate planning and probate and trust matters provided me with the opportunity I seek to serve my clients.

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

I prefer all my clients to be fully informed about the legal issues involved in their matter. My estate planning clients are given a guide summarizing the law in the field. We then go over each document so that all decisions are made knowingly and not merely because "my attorney told me to."

In every aspect of any case, my clients are fully informed of the issues, possible outcomes and risks involved. I feel an informed client is essential to professional and effective representation.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review client prepared documents at my regular hourly fee.

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

I have coached many clients who choose to represent themselves and continue to be available for that purpose.

Philip Hoskins

Philip J. Hoskins

My first employment out of law school I was hired by Robert Kennedy to work with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, in Washington D.C. I then was selected as Assistant to the Director of the at-the-time-new agency, which became the Law Enforcement Assistance office, designed to reform the criminal justice system.

After that, I taught law school at the Golden Gate College Law School, and finally I established a private law practice.

After several years, I saw that my dream of making legal services accessible to the general public was being realized by the Jacoby & Meyers Clinics. I joined them and served for several years as their Director of Legal Services. With the change of their focus and organization I returned to private practice, refining the ideas I had developed there for practical application with my clients.

I have lived a rich, diverse life that has provided me with an unusually broad insight into the human experience. Law school only teaches prospective lawyers the "language" of the law. A good lawyer is made by world experience.

My strengths are that I am able to focus on my client's needs and not my own ego. This enables me to be both tenacious and focused in litigation, and to always search for ways to minimize conflict and reach the best results for my client.

In all matters I am direct, open and honest. My clients always get the benefit of my laser-like focus and frank advice. The principles that guide my practice are:

Prompt, Honest Communication
Your calls will be returned promptly. I will keep you informed of what is happening in your matter. I will tell you the truth and will ask that you do the same. You can always talk to me about anything that concerns you.

Integrity
I will act on your behalf without compromise. I will serve your interests alone and you can trust that what I say is what I do.

Dependability
You will receive individual attention. Your matter will not be lost in the shuffle of other client's matters. I will be there for you.

Economy
I will handle your matter at the lowest cost consistent with your goals. You will receive accurate and informative billing statements.

Personal interests:

My personal interests lie in politics, photography, travel, and dancing.

License
  • Bar Number: 036648
    California , 1965
Education
  • U.C.L.A.
    Juris Doctor , 1964
    Los Angeles, CA
    Law Review, Moot Court.
  • U.C.L.A.
    B.A. , 1961
    Los Angeles, CA
    Public Administration and Political Science.

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