I’m an Attorney in Portland, Oregon. I started doing creative business law after attending an aptitude training in which I learned my strongest aptitude was in music and creative areas. I then decided to practice Estate Planning when I realized that there were not enough lawyers in this area working with single individuals or individuals without children and creative business owners.
About three years ago, my cousin Christopher died unexpectedly. My entire family was devastated. Christopher was funny, smart, kind, and awesome. Plus, my family is very close knit. What made his death even more devastating was what happened afterwards. You see, Christopher was not only single, he also owned several businesses in creative areas- yoga, juggling, a coffee shop, etc. The hardest part of Christopher’s death was what his family had to sort through afterwards. Christopher DID NOT have any estate plan in place whatsoever. This meant that his brother had to work with attorneys while Christopher’s assets went through probate. Not only was this process expensive, it was also time-consuming and scary! It was scary because if there is no plan in place, someone’s assets can go to someone they would have never wanted them going to in the first place. In addition, Christopher literally had assets all over the place and no instructions for how they were to be handled. Not fun.
This whole situation taught me a very important lesson: Even if you think you don’t need a plan in place or that you don’t have an “estate”- you need something. Even if it’s just a will (although that won’t necessarily save you from probate). Seriously though, anything is better than a “do nothing” plan like Christopher’s. Nobody’s family should have to go through more hassle and spend so much time and money on settling an estate after that person dies simply because they never did anything.
That’s why I started my firm. Creative business owners and single people need someone on their side, to guide them through what may seem like an overwhelming process. That’s my purpose.
If you’re interested in my credentials, here they are:
Northwestern School of Law, J.D., 2014.
Scripps College, B.A. Psychology, 2008.
Oregon Bar Member (2015)
Member of: Oregon Women Lawyers, Oregon State Bar Estate Planning Section,
E-women’s Network, ABA.