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Catherine Hammond

Estate planning Attorney at Colorado Springs, CO

5.0   41 reviews
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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Catherine

Learn Catherine’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    80%

    23 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Elder law
    10%

    23 years

  3. Probate
    10%

    23 years

ESTATE PLANNING, ELDER LAW, MEDICAID PLANNING, PROBATE AND TRUST ADMINISTRATION. ALL SERVICES TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS AND GOALS, PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR LEGACY.

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, as well as elder law, Medicaid planning, probate, and trust administration. 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.

 

Experience

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 WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Colorado Springs Estate Planning Council, the Colorado and El Paso Bar associations, and is trained as a reconciler through Peacemaker Ministries. She formerly served on the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. She is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Colorado as well as the U.S. District Courts.

 

Education

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.

 

Personal

Outside the office, Ms. Hammond enjoys a wide variety of activities including hiking, playing with her dogs, reading, writing and spending time with her daughters and granddaughters. She loves to cook and has a special interest in planned charitable giving.

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Location

Hammond Law Group, LLC
2955 Professional Place
Suite 300
Colorado Springs, CO, 80904
Hammond Law Group, LLC
730 Colorado Blvd
Suite 200
Denver, CO, 80206
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Reviews

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Posted by Ed and Paula | April 4, 2010
Trust
We used Catherine to set up a Trust for us. She and her staff were wonderful. Handled everything as proposed and have done a great job in keeping us updated. We have no hesitation in recommending her and her staff for any discipline ahe practices.
Posted by Norm | March 21, 2012
Very knowledgeable lawyer
Catherine is very knowledgeable about estate planning and how to avoid paying unnecessary taxes. In our initial interview, she asked specific questions that helped make our decisions much easier. Although most of the details were accomplished by her very efficient staff, I feel we could have communicated personally with her at any time. She doesn't just forget her clients after the initial work is done either. She keeps in touch with us via emails and letters. She also has set up follow-on sessions whereby we can stay abreast of other related topics.
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Posted by Carolyn | May 30, 2016
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Very Positive Experience
My husband and I are extremely pleased with Catherine Hammond and her staff. They were all very professional and explained everything thoroughly. We felt that we could trust them and we would definitely refer others for the service she offers. We also like Catherine as a person and feel that she is a very hard working and honest attorney providing very worthwhile services. We had to call a number of times to accomplish funding of different components of our trust and designating beneficiaries correctly after our trust was completed and we were always assisted in a knowledgeable, expedious and efficient manner.
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Posted by Carol | December 30, 2015
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Catherine Hammond is an Exceptional Attorney
Having dealt with many attorneys during my 20 year career in the legal profession, I am very impressed with Catherine Hammond and her entire firm. Catherine is extremely knowledgeable and very professional in providing her services. We attended one of her estate planning seminars with a followup appointment in which she provided clear, concise insights which were extremely beneficial in our decision-making process. Catherine treats her clients like family. She continually provides seminars to ensure that you and your Successor Trustee understand all aspects of your trust and that you keep it up-to-date. She doesn't just make the document, collect her fee, and forget about you. I know I can call her or members of her staff with questions at any time. I am proud to recommend Catherine Hammond and her firm for any estate planning service you may need. She is the best of the best!!
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Posted by Susan | June 23, 2015
Need a trust? Trust Catherine!
My husband and I are a blending family and did trusts with Catherine several years ago. She's amazing! Compassionate. Patient. Caring. Considerate. Professional. We are so blessed to have her in our lives!
Posted by Dan | June 17, 2015
Top notch - Best of the best!!!
We've worked with Catherine's firm for a few years and are consistently impressed with her professional estate planning expertise, and also with her caring attitude. We feel like we're more than just business clients. We highly recommend her.
Posted by Michelle | June 4, 2015
Great and Professional Service
I have been a client for nearly 10 years. Thank you for helping put into place a new trust and helping my husband and I have a great sense of security that our wishes are laid out succinctly. Each of your staff members are personable, funny and very easy to work with. Sincerely.
Posted by Joe | May 21, 2015
Do it now
Everyone needs to put an estate plan in place. It's critical for those of us with minor children. Catherine and her team are the ones to help. They laid out a plan to meet our needs and then took us through it step by step. I had lots of questions and they had the answers right away. Awesome service. Lots of peace of mind.
Posted by WRebecca | December 18, 2014
Exceptional Client Service
Great Trust,Wills,documents covering every area of our estate. Hammond Laws Group has been exceptional from start to finish. Would highly recommend this firm.
Posted by Susan LC | December 11, 2014
Professional and very Knowledgeable
I was hesitant at first and then very relieved that I came here. Kathryn was very understanding about my family issues and medical issues. Everyone made me very comfortable. I am so glad I did this.
Posted by LindaK | December 10, 2014
Client Satisfaction
Living Trust - we are very thankful we have our pets cared for if we are no longer living. We first attended the workshop on estate planning which got us on the right track.
Posted by BobK | December 10, 2014
Client Satisfaction
We were very happy with the service we received from Hammond Law Group. They created a Trust for us along with all the accompanying documents. We are confident that the documents cover all things we wanted them to. We were very satisfied with the process and felt good about the explanations they gave us. We paid more for the Hammond services,but the expense was well worth it.
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Posted by anon14 | December 5, 2014
Responsible & Professional
Will & Ancillary Documents Informative & easy to work with Welcoming atmosphere Responsive to our concerns
Posted by Gerald BW | December 3, 2014
Exceptional Client Service
Revocable Living Trust. Very personable,knowledgeable and professional. Explained everything to our satisfaction with patience.
Posted by Sandra KS | December 3, 2014
A Blessing when Needed
I needed a new Will drawn up so I called Catherine’s office. Her staff was awesome in arranging an app. for me to speak with her. She listened to me,she addressed & met all my wants & needs & she & her staff even laughed at some of my silly comments & jokes. They treated me more special than my family does. Plus I received an at -- 5 star service.
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Posted by Jay S | December 1, 2014
“Done Right,Superior counselling in Wealth Management and Distribution”.
To date,as knowledgeable,helpful and trustworthy Law Firm regarding their specialty of wealth management and distribution (trusts,wills,etc.) as we have come into contact with. Many thanks for your aid and advice in guiding our family through a complex maze of legal work.
Posted by ThomasK | December 1, 2014
Easy and Thorough Trust
Catherine helped me to create a Will and Trust. The process was explained in detail and I received what I believe to be thorough documents. I have a great feeling of relief knowing everything is taken care of.
Posted by Sharon LC | November 27, 2014
Excellent Client Service
Living Trust. I feel great confidence in Catherine Hammond and her associates. They have a beautiful office. I feel that the prices are very high otherwise I was very impressed with everything.
Posted by Linda W | November 25, 2014
Friendly & Knowledgeable
We really liked Catherine’s story on why she became an attorney. She and all office staff are very friendly & knowledgeable. We will recommend their office / services to others. Shandi was very professional / knowledgeable when completing our paperwork.
Posted by Elaine | September 6, 2014
Prepare To Be Educated & Made to Feel Like The #1 Client
Before I retired, I got all my ducks in a row” as far as preparing accounts, documents etc. for my children upon my death or incapacity. However, our family experienced a true nightmare late last year. It became apparent to me I needed to do more. I attended a seminar w/ HLG and decided to meet with Catherine.Long story short, I now have a Living Trust in place. Catherine & her staff was wonderful, always available to answer questions or help me in any ways. I would recommend Catherine and her law firm to anyone.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • University of Denver College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1993
  • Coe College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate Planning
  • Couple created Revocable Living Trust-based plan
  • Estate Planning/Trust Administration
  • Estate wrapped up within five days of death

Associations

  • HEARTful Caregivers Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Board of Governors
  • 2017 - Present
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Attorney (Hammond Law Group)
  • Colorado Springs Independent
  • 2017
  • Best Attorney (Hammond Law Group)
  • Colorado Springs Independent Newspaper
  • 2016
  • Accredited Attorney
  • Veterans Administration
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Completion - IRA Training
  • Ed Slott
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Completion - Mediation/Reconciler Training
  • Peacemaker Ministries
  • 2005
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Publications

  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Planning Your Legacy - Book
  • 2016
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • Men's Golf Club - Garden of the Gods Club
  • Modern Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • KRDO - The Extra
  • Disability planning
  • 2017
  • KRDO - The Extra
  • Asset Protection/Medicaid Planning
  • 2017
  • Alzheimer's Association Education Series
  • Legal and financial issues
  • 2017
  • Successful Aging Expo
  • Modern Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Alzheimer's Association Education Series
  • Legal and financial issues
  • 2016
  • 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
  • Integrity Bank and Trust Annual Client Meeting
  • Charitable Giving
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (23)
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Catherine is a well respected attorney in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. She has built a strong team delivering valuable services to clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Catherineafor several years. She is an exceptional estate planning attorney. Catherine is a warm and compassionate attorney who is well suites for the specialty area of law. She works tirelessly to ensure that her clients receive piece of mind through comprehensive estate planning. I wholeheartedly endorse Catherine."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Catherine nearly eight years ago through our membership in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Over the years, I have gotten to know and respect Catherine. She is an exceptional attorney and is very devoted to her clients. I highly recommend Catherine!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Catherine for 4 years and highly recommend her and the Hammond Law Group for estate planning, probate and elder law matters. Both Catherine and I are members of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, a prestigious law firm organization focusing on estate planning and elder law."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Catherine serves her clients with enthusiasm. She has a personal story experiencing the challenges in her own family which makes her especially effective and compassionate when working with her clients. I've worked with Catherine and her office on numerous occasions. Her ethics and ability are unquestioned."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Catherine cares about her clients and uses her in-depth estate planning knowledge to proved the best solution for the client."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been associated with her for several years, observing her dedication to her client's welfare and best interests. She practices with integrity and professionalism in all of her legal endeavors."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a long-time estate planning attorney, and as a member of NAELA and the Academy of VA Pension Planners, I am happy to endorse Catherine. She is a dedicated attorney of considerable talent and skill. Her sincere and professional representation of clients for estate planning and elder law makes her a credit to the legal profession. I am happy to endorse her. We need more attorneys like her in the legal profession."
Estate planning Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Friend
"Catherine is an experienced attorney who is well qualified to handle all estate planning matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Catherine's love for her work and professionalism come across in her practice and everyday work. I endorse her as an attorney and as a professional."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I know Catherine through the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and I have the privilege of knowing her for several years. She is a compassionate attorney who cares deeply for her clients. Catherine is very knowledgeable of federal and her state laws concerning estate planning and taxation. I highly recommend her."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a California estate planning attorney, I found Catherine on AVVO while searching online for an estate planning and Medicaid lawyer in Colorado to handle the estate planning needs for clients with relatives in Colorado with serious health issues that required immediate attention. Catherine was very responsive and I received feedback from the family that praised her caring and professional response to their needs. I was pleased with the very positive outcome and would not hesitate to refer clients to her again in the future."
Estate planning Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the fortune of working with Barbara on a handful of cases, and have referred numerous clients to her. I can say firsthand that Barbara has that special combination of passion and expertise, which results in outstanding legal services for her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Catherine for several years through the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Catherine not only has the knowledge and technical expertise in the estate planning and elder law fields, but also has a commitment to excellent client service that sets her apart. I would recommend Catherine to anyone in her area seeking a highly qualified and caring attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I met Catherine through the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. I have worked with Catherine on a number of occasions and my clients have always been pleased. She and her staff help people have a great experience with difficult issues. I would not hesitate to refer a client to her office."
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