Industry Focus: Estate Planning, Purposeful Pre-Nups, Kids Protection Planning, Trust Administration, Asset Protection, Pet Trusts
Licensed In: Michigan, USAContact Now
Attorney Brenda Bates’ passion is helping individuals and families to secure their plans and develop a legacy that can be cherished.
Before going to law school, I began my career as a paralegal for a solo practitioner in downtown Chicago. Really, I started as an intern and was hired as a part-time hourly worker. I figured that if working in the legal field was going to be my career, I should be sure before investing so much time and money.
Once I got to law school, I had this whole idea of the type of law I wanted to practice and the type of client I wanted to serve. After graduation, all that changed. I wanted to be able to be an attorney that could directly serve and benefit the client. I knew that practicing law was the right thing, but I was searching yet for the right firm to call home, to be the place where I fit both in the culture of that firm, but also in the way that they practiced.
After a year of searching for that right firm or company, I realized that I was not going to find the place I was looking for, my own home. So, I thought it made sense to step out and practice on my own.
5 West Legal Services, PLLC is a boutique law firm, focused on estate planning, with the idea of bringing back the Personal Family Lawyer relationship-where initial planning is just the beginning of the relationship. At 5 West Legal Services, whether you are married or single, with a traditional family or blended one, just starting out or looking back on a life well-lived, we will help you to craft a plan that achieves your goals for your loved ones today and for years to come.