If I could summarize what I do in one sentence, I would say that my job is to help people achieve peace of mind knowing that they’ve planned for the future and their family will be taken care of if anything ever happens to them. Two of my grandparents suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve seen firsthand how the death or disability of a loved one can cause a family to self-destruct. That’s why I chose to dedicate my career to this field. As an estate planning attorney, I’m passionate about creating estate plans for my clients that:
(1) Promote family harmony and ensure that both personal and financial goals are realized; and
(2) Are affordable and understandable.
As an elder law attorney, I work with older adults and their families to minimize the risks of long-term care. In particular, I seek to protect the client’s assets while at the same time helping them qualify for Medicaid or other public assistance to defray the escalating cost of nursing homes. Finally, in the area of probate, I navigate clients through the court system and make certain that their loved one’s estate is dealt with effectively and as quickly as the law allows.
I believe that the practice of law is not just about performing legal services for my clients, but also about building relationships. I take pride in providing my clients with personal attention, promptly returning telephone calls and emails and clearly communicating every step of the way. I want my clients to be comfortable with the process. I try to accommodate my clients whenever possible, meeting with them in their homes, offices or other convenient locations and scheduling appointments during evening and weekend hours. Drawing on my personal background as well as my legal experience, I explain in laymen’s terms — not lawyer jargon — the available options and my recommendations based on each client’s own unique circumstances. In so doing, I sincerely hope to earn the friendship of my clients in addition to their professional respect.
Memberships and Professional Associations:
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Cleveland County Bar Association
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
- American Cancer Society National Professional Advisor Network
Education and Honors:
- University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D., 2011); Dean’s List, 2010-2011
- Articles Editor, Oklahoma Law Review (2010-2011)
- Author, Warning, This Decision Will Increase the Cost of Prescription Drugs: How the Supreme Court’s Misapplication of Preemption Doctrine in Wyeth v. Levine Portends Devastating Consequences for Oklahoma, 63 Okla. L. Rev. 553 (2011)
- University of Oklahoma (B.A., 2008)