Attorney Profile

About Deborah Hochman

deborahHochmanI am extremely flexible in terms of either traveling to the client’s home or place of business both during the week and on weekends, including evenings, and in most cases (other than probate administration) I do not charge for an initial consult as long as it does not exceed an hour or so, and I am then able to quote a flat fee for the work I recommend needs to be done. I also make myself available for follow-through needs such as assisting in transferring assets to Living Trusts, retitling accounts, beneficiary designation changes, etc. all of which are necessary for a client’s estate plan to have the intended result.

Initially I was hired by a 12 lawyer firm which grew to 27 lawyers before merging with a 60 lawyer firm. I have experience in small, mid-size, large firms and as a sole practitioner, and I believe that my more than 30 years of experience in all of these different settings has taught me how to better be of service to my clients.

Prior legal employment:

Associate, Schwartz and Nash, P.A. 1980-1984,
merged with Fine, Jacobson, et al, P.A., 1985-86;

Partner, Tescher & Milstein, 1986-1989;

Partner, Tescher, Chaves, Hochman, Rubin & Muller, P.A. 1989-1995;

Sole Practitioner, Deborah Plaks Hochman, Esq., P.A., 2001-present.


Served as Adjunct Professor/Estate Plan Advisor at University of Miami School of Law Estate Planning LL.M. Program, 1987-1994

Honors and awards:

AV rating from Martindale-Hubbel.


Florida Bar (including Tax Section, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section and Elder Law Section) ;

American Bar Association;

Miami-Dade County Bar Association, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth & 11 th Circuits (1980); U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (1981)