As an attorney in private practice in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs, Catherine Hammond provides extensive estate and tax planning services to individuals and businesses. Ms. Hammond’s primary focus is protecting families from the devastating legal effects of disability and death. Through proper planning, individuals and families can avoid probate, protect their assets, pass on their legacies, and provide for the security of their loved ones. She will take the time to get to know you as individuals, to learn about your life and values, and work closely with you through an ongoing relationship to ensure your personal and financial goals are met as your life and the laws change over the years.
Ms. Hammond combines a background in business with a wide range of legal and personal experience to provide her clients with a uniquely practical perspective. An attorney since 1993, she devotes her practice solely to estate and legacy planning. Ms. Hammond also offers educational workshops on a variety of estate planning topics to both the general public and private groups, in addition to having taught Estate Planning and Taxation at Colorado Technical University.
Ms. Hammond learned firsthand the effects of failing to plan when her mother developed early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease without any planning documents in place, requiring her to endure the living probate of her mother’s estate. Through that experience she determined to help others avoid the added headache and heartache of a complicated and expensive legal process by obtaining a law degree and devoting her practice to estate planning.
Ms. Hammond’s professional experience began during law school when she worked for an estate planning and probate firm in Denver. Upon finishing law school, she worked on a contract basis with Denver-based Sherman & Howard. She then moved on to LexisNexis, a group providing authoritative legal information for attorneys nationwide, where she managed a team of attorneys and developed a knowledge of and love for the business world. Now, fulfilling her dream as a counselor and planner, she advises her clients on how best to achieve their goals while eliminating or reducing legal fees, taxes, publicity, and family conflict.
Ms. Hammond is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, an organization committed to promoting the highest standards of excellence in the profession. In addition, she is a member of the Colorado Springs Estate Planning Counsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and is trained as a reconciler through Peacemaker Ministries. She is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Colorado as well as the U.S. District Courts.
Ms. Hammond completed her undergraduate work at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1987, with a major in French and a minor in Psychology. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in 1993, with a concentration in estate planning, tax, and mediation.
Ms. Hammond is proud to be a Colorado native. Outside the office, she enjoys a wide variety of activities, including hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her young adult daughters and/or her three dogs. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Springs Rescue Mission, and has a special interest in planned charitable giving.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Accredited Attorney||Veterans Administration||2009|
|Certificate of Completion - IRA Training||Ed Slott||2006|
|Certificate of Completion - Mediation/Reconciler Training||Peacemaker Ministries||2005|
|Estate Planning Attorney/Founder||Hammond Law Group, LLC||2005 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor - Estate Planning & Taxation||Colorado Technical University||2008 - 2011|
|Legal Enhancement Editorial Manager (managed 30 Attorneys)||LexisNexis||1999 - 2004|
|Contract Attorney||Sherman & Howard (Denver)||1995 - 1997|
|Law Clerk||Law Offices||1991 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Springs Rescue Mission||Board of Directors||2016 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2010 - Present|
|Estate Planning Council of Colorado Springs||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||Member||2005 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section||Member||1994 - Present|
|Colorado Springs Cerebral Palsy Association||Board of Directors||2010 - 2012|
|Estate Planning||Couple created Revocable Living Trust-based plan|
|Estate Planning/Trust Administration||Estate wrapped up within five days of death|
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|CO Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Hospice Guide||CO Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Hospice Guide||2009|
|Integrity Bank and Trust Client Newsletter||Charitable Giving||2006|
|University of Denver College of Law||Concentration in Estate Planning, Taxation, and Mediation||Juris Doctorate||1993|
|Coe College||French/Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Southeast Christian Church - Parker||Preparing for Incapacity||2015|
|Alzheimer's Association Reason to Hope Luncheon||Pursuing Hope in the Face of Alzheimer's||2015|
|Alzheimer's Association Education Series||Legal and Financial Issues||2015|
|United Food and Commercial Workers Union Annual Meeting||Wills and Trusts||2014|
|The Palisades Community Education Series||Surviving the Holidays When a Loved One Has Dementia||2014|
|Alzheimer's Association Education Series||Legal and Financial Issues||2014|
|United Food and Commercial Workers Union Annual Meeting||Wills and Trusts||2013|
|Liberty Heights Community Education Series||Estate Planning||2013|
|Veterans Helping Veterans||Estate Planning||2010|
|Institute for Management Accountants Monthly Meeting||Estate Planning||2010|
|Estate Planning Workshop||Wills and Trusts||2010|
|Elder Law Workshop||Veterans' Benefits and Medicaid Planning||2010|
|Southern Colorado Residential Renters Association Monthly Meeting||Estate Planning for Business Owners||2009|
|National Association of Retired Federal Employees||Estate Planning||2009|
|Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers||Estate Planning||2009|
|Institute for Management Accountants Monthly Meeting||Estate Planning||2007|
|Integrity Bank and Trust Annual Client Meeting||Charitable Giving||2006|