When you own a business, your reputation precedes you. In this time of great dependence on technology, before I meet with a client for the first time, it is highly likely that they have googled my firm, read past client reviews, studied my website, and so on. Much like online dating, finding the right attorney can be intimidating, and there is a wealth of information one can dig up before the in-person litmus test can be conducted. Considering this, I recently found myself asking: what is it that I want potential clients to know about me right off the bat? The three adjectives that come to mind are practical, reliable, and local.
I enjoy my work largely because I am able to gift my clients peace of mind. To achieve this goal, I strive to be approachable and down-to-earth in my practice. Recognizing that legal jargon can disengage clients from the meaningful process of estate planning, I make sure that everything we discuss is understood clearly and that each client leaves feeling a sense of relief in place of overwhelm. Being practical means working as efficiently as I can for my clients. While much of my work lies in the details, as a well-versed estate planning attorney, I am able to ensure that my clients receive a thoughtful, custom plan without breaking the bank.
Have you ever heard the expression "on time is late?" These are good words to live by. While I can’t always control spending a few extra minutes with a client or dealing with a rare emergency situation, I can work each day to be dependable for those relying on my services. To me this means showing up fully. I am on time, mentally present, and prepared for the work at hand. Additionally, I am well versed in the ever-changing statutes in the state of Oregon. It is critical that my clients can rely on this high level of professionalism and expertise throughout our legal journey together. When you put your trust in me by selecting me to be your attorney, my hope is that you have a meaningful, straightforward and positive experience.
You hear a lot about "eat local" and "shop local," but what about "legal local?" No, that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but the premise is the same. When you hire a local attorney, not only are you getting a more tailored legal experience, you are also investing in your community. Now, more than ever, it is increasingly important to invest in your local professionals (think: lawyers, accountants, etc.), as it grows diversity and connectivity, bolsters economic stability, and, ultimately, allows for communities to be more well-rounded, self-sufficient and sustainable. I take pride in that I am a 6th generation Oregonian; Barbur Boulevard was named after my great-great-grandfather, Asbury Lincoln Barbur. I am honored and humbled to actively volunteer where I live. Thus, when you support local attorneys like me, you perpetuate the cycle of giving back to our shared community.
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