SECURING MY CLIENTS’ FUTURES
Estate Planning and Elder Law Come to the Firm
B ack in 2007, long before I met David Gibson, I was still practicing commercial litigation law — the same discipline David and much of The Gibson Law Group deals with today. Though I enjoyed it initially, there was a moment when I suddenly realized it wasn’t the field I wanted to stay in for the rest of my career. At the time, I was leasing an office from an older, more experienced attorney. I would hear him through his office walls almost every day, screaming into the phone for hours at a time. As I was leaving the office one day around 6 p.m., I stopped and listened to him hollering for a moment. “If I keep up doing litigation,” I thought to myself, “I’m going to end up yelling into a phone day after day, just like this guy.” I needed to do something else, something that would mesh more with my personality and allow me to connect with my clients on a deeper level. Soon after I departed my life as a litigator, I discovered estate planning and elder law and never looked back. Today, I spend most of my time protecting seniors from pitfalls and scammers who would leave them penniless and securing the assets of the people I serve, ensuring my clients’ legacies remain intact long after they’ve passed away. It feels good to make a tangible difference for my clients and to guide them to the best possible decisions for them and their loved ones. Of course, if you look at David Gibson and the rest of the team at The Gibson Law Group, they’re a far cry from that loud and embittered attorney whose voice used to leak into my office all day. Still, I’m glad I switched over to my current role; it just more closely aligns with who I am and what I personally want to do. It still has everything I love about
working in the law — finding simple solutions to complex problems — but I find that now I have more time to connect with the client on a personal level. When you’re working in estate planning, that back-and- forth is an absolute necessity. It takes clear lines of communication to suss out the best options for the client. Outside of the office, I’ve been spending most of my time with my wife and three daughters, trying to train our new black pug puppy, Oliver. My oldest just headed back to her last semester of undergraduate studies and, I’m happy to say, she’s looking at possibly starting law school when she gets out. She won’t exactly be following in her father’s footsteps, though — she calls what I do “boring law.” My middle daughter has one more year before she makes her way to college, while my youngest is just learning how to drive. As school starts up, I spend most of my time going from activity to activity with them, but that’s far from a complaint. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I met David Gibson about a year and a half ago, and we became fast friends. Over the summer, I joined his firm as an “of counsel,” offering my services in estate planning and elder law and assisting with cases the firm previously had to refer out to others. I’ve loved working with a new slate of clients from The Gibson Law Group, helping them and their families secure their futures for years to come.
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