At some point everyone has to deal with the legal and financial fallout from a family member dying. Most people are shocked at how bureaucratic, time consuming, and frustrating it is to go through an estate (probate) process. We have chosen this area of law because we can make a difference to our clients both in planning ahead (wills, trusts, etc.) and in the estate (probate) process. This is about relationships and caring. Our clients don't just get forms and documents, they get a team of compassionate people who are going with them through this process.
One way that we have chosen to contribute to our communities is to focus on empowering women through estate planning. Estate planning is traditionally about creating wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and related documents. But it is also about understanding and taking charge of your financial future, and how it impacts you and the people closest to you. Planning that ignores relationships and family dynamics can unwittingly stress families and destroy relationships. Good planning supports our clients in dealing wisely with their assets while strengthening their important relationships.
Meet The Team
"I thought I was in the wrong profession for years until I realized that many people need a different type of lawyer. Lawyers who serve people (instead of corporations or the government) need to understand what our clients really want and need to have better lives. It is not as simple as maximizing the dollar value of a case. I want to make my client's lives better, and that can be complicated. It begins with caring and getting to know my clients as real people."
Law School: UNC 1998
Pets: two cats
Hobbies: pick-up basketball, board games, tai-chi, meditation
Happy place: Sarah P. Duke gardens
Fun fact: wrote and directed two plays, college DJ (WXYC)
“I have always been fascinated with estate planning and estate administration because these areas require constant interactions with other people. The process of losing someone is hard enough, but then being forced to navigate the legal system on top of that is enough to stress just about anyone out. When it comes to estate planning, it is very challenging to think about what happens when you and your loved ones pass away. The way our office practices law is meant to be collaborative and comfortable– we provide you with a safe space to process your emotions, ask questions, and be given the tools and information you need to make your decisions. We are doing our jobs well when you feel a burden has been lifted off of your shoulders and that you have been treated with the kindness, compassion, and respect you deserve.”
Law School: Campbell University
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, and disability advocacy.
Happy place: Sitting down with my family, eating good food, and watching our energetic pups wrestle.
Fun fact: I love music and theater, but I am completely incapable of carrying a tune myself!
"After many different jobs, I had the opportunity to work in the legal area and fell in love with it! I always knew I wanted to practice law and hope to become an attorney myself. As a legal assistant, my goal is to not only to support my team, but to ease the stress of our clients and their families. I want to help clients with their demanding paperwork so they are able to grieve in peace. I take pleasure in knowing my role plays an integral part in helping clients feel comfortable and respected during the estate planning process. I always strive to assist clients in a professional and positive manner!"
School: Currently pursuing a paralegal degree at Durham Technical Community College
Hobbies: Exploring new places and restaurants, being outdoors, binge watching sit-coms, and spending time with my 2 little brothers.
Happy place: Staring at the beautiful moon and stars on a calm, relaxing night.
Fun fact: My spirit animal has always been a baby panda, for their goofiness and curious mind.