I come from a family of social workers. My mother, sister, and step-father all were active in the social services field. My father is an attorney who helps the disabled secure public benefits.
I didn’t plan to use my law degree to help people with special needs at first. Maybe it was my experience dealing with State bureaucracies that pushed that idea out of my head. I think at that point, I would have rather stuck a fork in my eye than deal with the Department of Health and Hospitals anymore!
It turned out, though, that one of my first real jobs as a lawyer was preparing a special needs trust for my sister. By that time, her medical condition had become disabling and she was receiving Medicaid and SSI benefits. Still, for whatever reason, serving the special needs community wasn’t an avenue I seriously considered. I just took the work that paid the bills.
It didn’t occur to me back then that estate planning could be something more than dry and boring paperwork. I had always had the image of it that I suspect many people do: older, “silk-stocking” lawyers preparing expensive legal documents for their well-heeled, social elite clientele.
As I looked deeper into estate planning law, I realized there were so many ways I could help people. There were tools that could be applied to help many of the clients I already had. I could bring them a sense of relief from a weight on their shoulders they didn’t even know was there.
Now, I feel I can bring that kind of comfort, hope, and feeling of security for the future to the families that I’ve loved most of my life.
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