Douglas M. Vogel
Experience and Education:
Doug began his legal career at age thirty-nine by accepting the Eagle Academic Scholarship at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. While attending law school he worked as a Staff Assistant with the Beasley Allen Law Firm in 2003 and 2004. In October of 2004 he accepted a position in practice with long time Montgomery estate planning attorney Tom Kotouc. In April of 2007, Doug was admitted to the Alabama State Bar, and later the Florida Bar. He is now the managing partner of Kotouc and Vogel Law Firm.
Doug concentrates his practice in the areas of elder law, estate and trust planning, probate, and small business formation. He is also a VA accredited attorney and he has helped many Veterans and widows of Veterans obtain the VA Pension with Aid and Attendance. Doug has professionally lectured on elder law, Medicaid eligibility, estate planning, and probate.
Doug is an active member of the Elder Law Section of the Alabama Bar, the Montgomery County Bar, and the Christian Legal Society.
Prior work experiences include: Loan Officer with United Carolina Bank in Shallotte, North Carolina; Youth Minister with the Church of Christ in Ballinger, Texas; and Special Education teacher in San Angelo, Texas.
Doug resides in Wetumpka, Alabama with his wife, Ann. They have two adult children. His interests include golf, fishing, kayaking, and co-leading the men’s ministry at his church.
Thomas O. Kotouc
Bar Associations of Alabama and Georgia
Christian Legal Society
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1964 – 1967. J.D.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 1960 – 1964, A.B. Magna Cum Laude
University of Nebraska representative for Rhodes Scholar
Tom’s extensive experience includes working as assistant manager for Dawson Bank, Dawson, NE, and Home State Bank, Humboldt, NE. He worked for the firm Kotouc & Kotouc, where he drafted wills and trusts, worked in banking law, real estate examinations and instrument preparation. During the years of 1967 through 1971, the U.S. Navy benefitted from Tom’s superior work. As a Lieutenant with the Supply Corps, he earned the highest military honor for administration and management. After leaving the Navy, Tom specialized in commercial and residential real estate closings and leases; charitable corporation law and tax planning through wills, trusts and charitable corporations.
In 1980, Tom came to Montgomery, Alabama. As a sole practitioner, Tom specialized in contracts and in lobbying the Alabama Legislature for the Governor’s Office for education laws until 1983, when he entered into a partnership with emphasis on drafting wills, trusts and estate planning; corporate organization; commercial and contract law; tax-exempt bond financing; residential real estate closing and title examinations; domestic law, divorce, custody and adoption; corporation fraud and liability; securities fraud and personal injury cases. He also served as counsel of record in the Smith vs. Jaffree case before the Supreme Court of the United States. Tom’s extensive experience also includes teaching on asset protection and the administration of estates.
Since 1991, Tom has concentrated on estate planning, wills, trusts and charitable organizations; commercial transactions; corporations; and mediation. His experience in several areas of law continues to prove a valuable asset, not only to Tom, but especially for his clients.
Tom is now mostly retired, but he continues to represent a handful of longtime clients.