Julie holds a BA in linguistics from Northwestern University and a JD from The University of Michigan Law School. She is a native Midwesterner and has lived in Las Cruces since 2005. Over the course of her legal career, Julie has focused her practice on estate planning, probate, and family law. She has served as an adjunct faculty member of the AIB National Trust School, a member and past president of the Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She has also represented the legal interests of children and incapacitated adults in over 200 court cases.
Julie loves estate planning because it combines two of her passions—mastering a complex area of the law and helping people make personal decisions that are deeply important to them. She approaches estate planning from a relationship perspective, working with her clients to address the concerns that are most important to them and raising issues that the client may not even have considered yet. Her goal is always to develop a plan that is legally sound and works on a personal level for the client.
Probate is Julie’s other current area of focus, as she helps survivors navigate the legal system when a loved one has passed away. Having been an estate administrator herself, she understands the legal process and requirements as well as the practical issues that can arise during administration. Although probate can be an arduous process, Julie strives to walk her clients through to the end as simply and painlessly as possible.