Meet W. Douglas Hoak

Managing Member at Illumine Legal LLC


Attorney Doug Hoak assists clients with estate planning, estate and trust administration, transfer tax and charitable planning, and business succession planning. Doug founded Illumine Legal LLC in 2019 after practicing in a boutique estate planning firm and a multi-disciplinary downtown Denver law firm.

Doug is a member of the Denver Estate Planning Council and has acted on its Board of Directors, has spoken and lectured in the areas of estate planning and administration, and has been recognized by Colorado Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in estate planning and administration in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Doug is originally from Montana, and prior to completing his undergraduate degree, was a Midnight Sun Hotshot with the Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks, Alaska. As a wildland firefighter, Doug fought fire in two of the largest fire seasons in history to that time. Doug is married and has two children.


His experience includes estate planning using wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and related instruments, as well as transfer tax planning involving irrevocable trusts (grantor and non-grantor), annuity trusts, personal residence trusts, trust modification actions, and estate and trust administration. Doug represents both people of average means as well as some of the most affluent families in the nation. He is pleased to work with anyone who values his service.


Substitutes for Marital Agreements in Elective Share Planning: The Surviving Spouse Incentive Trust and Source Stripping, The Colorado Lawyer (December, 2015)


University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., Estate Planning (2011)

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D. (2010)

Montana State University, B.A., History (2006)

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