My purpose in obtaining a law degree was, and still, is to help other people. Because of the sensitive and personal nature of my work, my goal is to empower each client to tackle some of their most uncomfortable fears and difficult decisions, and come out on the other end feeling relieved and secure.
As an attorney on the human side of the law, I strive to provide my clients with an advocate and provide them with the knowledge and motivation to take control of their pre- and post-death planning and administration needs. I have experience working with clients from across the spectrum of wealth and complexity. That being said, the number of zeros after the dollar sign does not always define wealth and no matter the situation, I always emphasize to clients that if their goal is to control the distribution of their assets at their death, whether large or small, they must put their wishes in writing.
I focus on making the estate planning process as simple as possible by recommending to clients only what they need in terms of the right documents. I pride myself on being able to comfortably guide people through the trust and estate administration (including probate) process, following the loss of a loved one during a time that is often already stressful.
I have spent the majority of my career as a trusts and estates attorney and my previous experience gives me the ability to take a truly holistic approach to each client’s individual situation. I spent several years working in wealth management, where I provided customized advice-based solutions for banking, investment and fiduciary clients related to all aspects of their financial lives. I have also represented children as guardian ad litem in abuse and neglect cases as well as individuals participating in assisted reproductive technology contracts.
One of the most meaningful experiences I have had most recently as an attorney was participating as a mentor to young attorneys in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentor Program. I enjoy giving back to the legal community by helping newly-admitted lawyers navigate their new role and find their place in the profession.
On a personal level, I come from a long line of legal professionals in my family and truly love what I do. The loss I have experienced in my own life has given me an even deeper understanding of the emotional or “human” aspect of my practice and the need for practitioners like myself to have empathy for our clients.