I’m Jen Gumbel. I’m an estate planning and probate attorney in Minnesota. When I grew up, being a lawyer was never on my radar. I wanted to teach. Being a teacher was and is my gift. As I went through college, I quickly learned I did not have the high energy to keep up with little kids or get young adults interested in something. I wanted people to come already fired-up.
That’s how I discovered the law. After shadowing a small-town attorney in my hometown in South Dakota, I knew the law was for me. People came invested in knowing the answer. And I really dug “death law”, probate law and estate planning. It’s all about educating people and coming up with a strategy to minimize legal issues.
I was also specifically prepared for it in a way most lawyers aren’t.
My father suddenly died from an aggressive cancer when I was fourteen. People, lawyers included, are weird about death and can be unsure how to approach the issue. I don’t and I’m not. Young parents planning for a worst case scenario, people who just got a diagnosis, the elderly coming to grips that more life is behind than ahead, I can wrap my head around that. Helping people walk through legal issues or reducing the legal to-do list they’ll leave for their loved ones is my super power.
And I hate the scramble. When you put this off and don’t take the steps you need to, you’re setting up a scramble. I created the Workshop so you know how to avoid a mess and won’t be left scrambling.
The first thing I need to know as an attorney helping families, is what the person had and how those things are moving. You can not set up a manageable to-do list without understanding this fundamental concept. I’ll walk you though this important, but easy to understand legal structure.
The people who left behind a manageable to-do list took common steps, starting with understanding what they owned. I’ll walk you through each necessary step.
Leaving behind a manageable to-do list take more than documents, it takes a strategy – like knowing if you should have a trust or not. You can only get a personalized strategy through a local attorney licensed in your state. I’ll give you tips on how to locate an attorney who bring you incredible value by helping you strategize and who will craft a plan personalized to your needs.
A manageable to-do list takes a strategy and good documents to set up the strategy, but the strategy won’t happen unless you’re financial organized. I’ll walk you through the organization process and teach you how to keep your finances organized.