Partner, Brown Hutchinson LLP
Years in current role: Made partner in January; 12 years with firm.
What do you enjoy most about practicing trusts and estates law?
Clients who come in because they need to begin a probate proceeding are going through a difficult time. They are grieving the loss of a loved one, and at the same time have suddenly had thrust upon them the responsibility for dealing with the decedent’s financial and business affairs. Many people are understandably overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of the probate process. I tell people that my role as the estate attorney is to help smooth the way for them through the administration of the estate. Being able to guide people through the probate process and assist them through such a difficult time in their lives is both challenging and rewarding.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
In common with everyone, I’ve found the increased isolation and uncertainty of when things are going to go back to normal challenging. The calculations of whether it’s safe to meet in person, while juggling workloads and deadlines, has been tricky. I must commend my colleagues in the firm and in the legal community as a whole for their efforts to maintain services to clients during such an unprecedented situation.
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
I’m looking forward to visiting out of state family who I haven’t seen since the start of the pandemic. And to taking a nice, relaxing yoga class!