Thanks for checking out The Law Offices of Amanda L. Mulhall’s first blog post! I want to share with you the reasons that I made the leap to becoming a solo practitioner, and why that leap matters to you and your family.
I have been practicing the in area of estate planning since I was a second-year law student at New England Law Boston in 2010. After I graduated, I worked for a couple of law firms in the realms of estate planning, estate and probate administration, and trust administration. I got into law because I wanted to help people solve problems that they didn’t know how to solve for themselves, and I felt that helping people through difficult conversations and experiences surrounding death and dying would be impactful. It wasn’t until I started working primarily with families with minor children, however, that I felt passionate about this area of law. Helping parents sleep better at night knowing that there is an excellent, well developed plan for their family brought me a lot of personal fulfillment.
But something wasn’t quite right. Over the years of working with young families, I found that I was having similar conversations over and over again: “What should we do about our child who was recently diagnosed with a disability if we’re not around to advocate for them?” I knew some of the answers, but not as many as my clients needed. And working at a law firm as an associate didn’t give me much freedom to find out the answers without getting an earful about billable hours and “burning time” doing legal research. But to me, finding out the answers to these profound questions is what being a lawyer is all about. So I recognized that the only way to get my clients the resources that they deserve is to do it my way, and out of that commitment to my clients came The Law Offices of Amanda L. Mulhall.
It is our mission to create comprehensive estate plans for families with minor children and disabilities using a compassionate approach. There are so many topics to cover when it comes to planning for families with minor children: guardianship (both permanent guardians AND temporary guardians), asset management, probate avoidance, estate tax planning, and incapacity to name a few. For families with disabilities and special needs, there are even more: advocacy, eligibility for government benefits, the “cliff” at age 22 and how to prepare. Please check back for future posts to learn more about all of these topics and how to best plan for your family’s unique needs.
They are worth it.