Moak Law - February 2020

Room to Grow

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From Paralegal to Office Manager

Hey there,

“The firm has grown a lot over the last decade and so have my responsibilities.”

This is Daryl Smith, office manager and paralegal at The Moak Law Firm. Mr. Moak has asked me to take the reins this month and share a bit about myself. Twelve years ago, I came to work at The Moak Law Firm as a paralegal. That was right around the start of the Great Recession when many people were forced to file for bankruptcy. By 2010, over 1.5 million Americans across the country were filing for bankruptcy. They were looking to attorneys to help them navigate this difficult situation, and it became my responsibility to conduct financial analyses and help our clients get out of debt. mortgage and credit lending. I’ve worked in the financial world for 22 years, starting at banks doing loans before moving to work at big firms in the stock world. I’ve always found finance and investment to be very interesting. The stock market is a fascinating beast. Investing and growing capital are key for saving for the future and eliminating debt. I’ve always liked being able to help people get rid of their debt, which is why being a paralegal for bankruptcy cases was the next logical step in my career. I joined the firm to specialize in financial analysis of Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. In layman’s terms, I come up with strategies to help us save our clients more money. Not all firms are good at this. When people come to us, they’re in dire financial situations. We help them pull through by guiding them through the Chapter 7 or the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process and getting them the best possible outcome. It can be a challenge at times, but it’s rewarding to see Prior to coming on board as a paralegal, my background in finance involved

how relieved clients are when they finally get that fresh start.

The firm has grown a lot over the last decade and so have my responsibilities. I’ve stepped into the office manager role, and now I oversee workflow and manage seven other employees. These days, I spend half of my time behind the scenes working on the business and the other half working on client cases. I basically do everything except show up at court! It’s a lot of work, but I know it makes a huge difference for our clients and attorneys. When I’m not making sure everything is running smoothly at the office, I spend as much time as I can with my family. We get to travel often together, and that leads to some great experiences. I also enjoy playing the guitar and learning new languages. I speak Spanish fluently and am learning French right now. If we have any French speakers out there, let me know. I’d be grateful to have someone to practice with. I’ve really enjoyed the work I’ve done over the last 12 years. There’s been a lot of opportunities to grow, both in my career and on a personal level. I look forward to being able to help more clients as our firm continues to grow.

— Daryl Smith

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