Keystone Law July 2019

Trust Matters JULY 2019

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Meet Leah Ellsworth! Our Associate Attorney Who’s Not Afraid to Get Nerdy

This month, I want to introduce our readers to one of our fantastic associate attorneys, Leah Ellsworth! She’s been a part of our team since April of last year, so there’s a chance some of you have already gotten to know Leah while building your estate plan. Whether she’s helping families preserve their legacy, navigate the complexities of probate, or determine the right choice for long-term care, Leah brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and positive energy to the table. Our team sat down with her to find out a little more about her life and what led her to Keystone! “I know it sounds strange, but I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was a little girl,” Leah begins with a laugh. She used that early passion to jump- start her career. “When I was 18, I got my first real job at a law firm,” she says, explaining how she was fortunate enough to work for an attorney who really took the time to mentor her. “He nudged me in the right direction,” Leah reflects. For Leah, this “right direction”wasn’t just a career path; it was a philosophy. “I never want to be a slimy lawyer,” she states bluntly. Since going to law school, Leah has had plenty of opportunities to see the good that attorneys can do, as well as the harm greedy or shortsighted ones can cause. She was determined to be a good one. “When I first met Francisco, he told me he was working to change the stereotype [of lawyers],” Leah remembers, adding, “That’s what I was looking for!” Needless to say, Leah is a perfect fit for our firm. “Keystone is a different world,” she says, recalling her transition to our team. “The motivating factors are completely different than [those] you see in other firms. Everyone at Keystone has genuine care and concern for clients that you rarely see elsewhere.” For her part, Leah thrives on helping families however she can, especially when it comes to client education. “As nerdy as it sounds, I love to write,” Leah tells us. “There’s a sense of accomplishment when you can understand these complex legal documents and put them in words people can understand.”This is part of why Leah is such a great fit for our firm: She really takes the time to sit one-on-one with clients and help them understand all their options. Outside of the office, Leah enjoys spending time with her husband of nine years and their young child. “Our activities are pretty much limited to the things 3-year-olds like to do,” she laughs. Joining the trio are Leah’s two dogs, Dexter, the high-energy English springer, and Raja, the regal pitbull. “She’s a diva,” Leah says about Raja, “but also very loving and protective.”

Leah enjoys spending time with her family and credits their love and support in helping her do her job. “In this area of law, we deal with families every day,” she reflects. “[In] helping clients through probate who have lost someone, I often ask myself, ‘What if my child were in their shoes?’That’s why I advocate so strongly for them.” Thanks, Leah! We’re lucky to have such a compassionate, knowledgeable member on our team. Stay tuned for next month where we will interview our next associate, Michelle Dexter!

-Francisco

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