I grew up in Michigan and attended Michigan State University. After undergrad, I relocated to the Northern Virginia area to attend law school at George Mason University School of Law (now “Antonin Scalia Law School”). I began my legal career in Virginia, litigating in courts across the State.
Though a successful litigator, I was unfulfilled professionally. Everyday was filled with contention, objections, and arguments. It was more tumultuous relationships with opposing counsel than productive relationships with my clients – and I desired more of the latter. I wanted to be a lawyer that my community could rely on to deliver guaranteed results. A lawyer that individuals and families could count on in their time of need and to protect what they’ve built.
Although I had done some estate planning during my litigation career, it was not until my father passed away that I considered practicing it full time. My father had paid for an estate plan; however, it was woefully inadequate. The last thing anyone wants to do in the midst of grief is settle an estate, and a poorly planned estate makes it that much more difficult – I am still attempting to access a sum of money forfeited to the states Department of Unclaimed Money.
Soon after I lost my father, I became a dad myself when my Wife and I welcomed our son into the world. Like many parents, my child gave me enormous focus and additional meaning to my life. Providing for and protecting him, even after I’m gone, became a top priority.
So I dedicated myself to learning all I could about wills, trusts, wealth management and estate plans. Once competent, I redid our family plan and ensured that the proper people would know exactly where to find important documents and accounts, and that our son would be taken care, in the short and long term, by the people we wanted.
Effective estate planning is more than a one-time transaction; it requires an ongoing relationship. I am grateful that I get to foster these relationships with the people in my community and am excited to continue to do so.
At Das Law we focus on building ongoing relationships with our clients in order to properly protect what individuals and families have built.