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My philosophy in running my practice involves understanding the “big picture” for every client, then narrowing the focus down to their specific legal need.
For example, let’s say I start working with a new client who wants me to help update a will or trust. Before I dive into the details, I strive to understand what their needs truly are. What end result do they desire? Sometimes, it's as simple as wanting their assets to go to their surviving spouse and children.
However, there are often circumstances families are dealing with that can add levels of complexity to their estate planning. What if they have an adult child who has special needs? In that case, an estate plan that provides extended care for that child would be necessary.
Or let’s say the client is a partner in a business when they pass away and the surviving spouse has no interest in helping to run it. How would the heirs be compensated financially for the decedent’s stake in the business? What rights would the surviving spouse retain?
Within written legal agreements or documents, there is a lot of complexity. Every single word has a purpose, which means getting even the smallest details right is critical. In fact, there’s a famous case from 2017 in which a missing comma cost a dairy company in Maine an estimated $5 million!
That’s why it’s important to work with an attorney you can meet face-to-face – someone who is happy to take your call and give you the answers you need to understand and be comfortable with even the most complicated legal issues.
I have a passion for the law and for getting the details right, along with a genuine compassion for my clients. I understand that the process of resolving legal issues can be stressful, especially for clients who don’t work with attorneys very often. The stakes are often high and the issues are complex.
As I see it, my job is to make sure my clients get the best possible outcome from the legal issue we’re working to resolve, including making sure all those small details are perfectly in place. At the same time, I want to make sure my clients understand what’s happening with their case so they can get a good night’s sleep every night.