Law Office of Justin Stivers September 2018


September 2018

New Practice, New Future, New Life The Foundation of the Law Office of Justin Stivers

So much of the law industry wants to stay inside a confined box that was designed 100 years ago. Big desks, leather chairs, and intimidating stereotypes still lead the charge for most firms. But society has changed, people have changed, and technology has changed. If lawyers are in the business of meeting clients’ needs, shouldn’t they change with the times too? We live in a digital age, and that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I started this firm just over a year ago with the intent of harnessing the power of technology and streamlining law processes to be better aligned with the 21st century. People deserve attorneys who have a personal touch and employ a process that isn’t intimidating when they’re going through an emotional time. There are very few areas of law that need this overhaul more than probate, so the decision to focus my attention where I have was an easy call. Not everyone shares the same sentiment. I think there’s a degree of comfort that lawyers find with the traditional process. It keeps them in power and the client at their mercy. But is that really in the clients’ best interest? When I started in law, I often encountered this mentality. After practicing in larger firms that held fast to this mantra, I realized that not only did I want to get away from it, but I also wanted to be my own boss. So I linked up with a colleague, and we branched out to start our own firm. It was an awesome experience, but after a year, I recognized that something was missing. The one person I’ve always relied on to achieve the mission in front of me is myself. From being the first in my family to graduate college to being in the Peace Corps for two years, my self-reliance has pushed me to strive for more. I channeled that self-reliance to help me pursue a career in law, and after building a successful partnership, I realized that I needed

Our practice is relatively new, but we pride ourselves on that. New doesn’t mean bad or inexperienced. New is precisely what we want to bring into the field of law. We do probate quickly rather than dragging it out; we communicate fast so you’re always in the loop; and we take pride in making our clients’ experiences with the law seamless. These are new ideas, and at the Law Office of Justin Stivers, we like new.

to strike out on my own to achieve my goals. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I’m excited for my future. Thanks to my wife, the direction of my practice isn’t the only thing that makes my future bright. It’s still a little odd for me to utter those words after getting married just a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities life has in store for us. Our wedding embodied what I love about South Florida. It was at an old-style Spanish church, with just the right touch of glamour that says “South Beach.” Some of her family came from Venezuela, and while the whole process was a massive undertaking, we couldn’t be happier with the result.

_Justin B. Stivers | 1

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