Allow me to introduce myself…. You already know I’m a lawyer, but what you might not know is that I’m also a mom of two active little boys. As a parent, I know how busy life can be! In trying to balance work, family responsibilities, and children’s school and extracurricular activities, we sometimes procrastinate on doing really important things, like making sure our spouses and children are protected in the event of our incapacity or death. I procrastinated on my own plan for these very reasons, and honestly, I kept putting it off because it was emotionally difficult to think about. But I can tell you with 100% certainty that putting it off only makes the worry worse, and putting a plan in place gives you an enormous amount of peace of mind. Whether you are having a minor surgery, taking a short trip, or going out for the evening, you will do so knowing that if the unthinkable happens to you, there is a plan to protect and care for your children.
I think another reason people don’t do estate planning is because they don’t understand what actually happens when someone dies. Just ask anyone who recently dealt with the death of a loved one who didn’t have a plan, or had a lousy one, and they’ll tell you what a mess it was.
The beauty about estate planning is that it takes away the mess. It’s one of the few areas of the law where we can actually determine what we want in advance and plan on how to achieve it before it becomes a major problem.
You see, law school primarily teaches law students all about filing petitions, discovery, depositions, motions, evidence, juries, and appeals. In other words, it prepares you for how to solve a problem after it’s become a major headache. With estate planning there are no courts, no opposing counsel, no depositions. Only you, your family, and your planning. I knew I could better serve people by helping them avoid court and conflict, which is why I made the switch from litigation to estate planning several years ago.
In case you’re curious about my work history, where I went to school, and all that good stuff, here goes:
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was blessed with the most loving, supportive family a kid could ask for. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin. I went to law school at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and became licensed to practice law in Illinois in 2006.
I started my career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, defending the City in labor disputes and employment discrimination claims. It was a really fun job, and I had amazing coworkers who I still miss to this day. But it wasn’t fulfilling from a career perspective because I never had the opportunity to help with preventative legal counseling.
In 2009 I got engaged, and we decided to move to Naples because my husband’s family was down here and we didn’t want to wait for retirement to finally enjoy nice weather. I got my Florida license in 2009, and I took the move as an opportunity to move away from litigation.
My first job in town was actually working with law students, helping them with internships and career planning. Although I loved working with students, I wanted to get back to practice and gain experience in estate planning. I worked for a boutique estate planning law firm in Fort Myers before opening my own practice in 2017.
If you’re interested in doing planning with me, give me a call and don’t be surprised if I answer the phone myself. When someone comes to see me, my goal is to make them as comfortable as possible, and I try to take a lighthearted approach to planning. I won’t try to impress you with a fancy office or by using a lot of legal jargon, and I don’t care if you show up in shorts and flip flops.
When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family. I am pretty amazing at building forts and dodging Nerf bullets! You’ll also find me shuttling back and forth to soccer practice, power walking to 90’s hip hop, or kicking it with a margarita.
What Not to Expect From Albanis Law
Unlike “Do it Yourself (DIY)” and volume-based law firms with “low fees,” we overcome the four biggest problems with low-cost cookie-cutter estate planning services – problems that leave you with a false sense of security and for the most part, worthless documents that are done once and fail to protect you and your family. Here’s what you can expect from DIY forms and volume-based law firms:
- Limited to no legal advice
- Form generated, cookie-cutter documents with no customization
- No asset review
- No ongoing assistance for updating your documents as your needs change
What You Can Expect From Albanis Law
Here’s what you can expect when you work with me, Norell Albanis, as your estate planning attorney:
- A personal relationship with me as your attorney
- Unlimited correspondence included with every plan, even after the plan is delivered
- Documents drafted from sophisticated legal software with customized language for you
- Advanced planning for minor children so that your kids are never left at risk
- A method for taking inventory of your assets and keeping it up to date
- Complete guidance and follow-ups on funding for trust-based estate plans
- A way to capture your intangible assets – your values, insights, stories, and experiences
- 3-year review included with every plan and optional membership plan with yearly review and discounted updates to ensure your plan stays up to date as life changes
How We Compare with Other Estate Planning Attorneys
- Estate Plan Documents
- Legal Advice
- Personal Relationship with Attorney
- Asset Review
- Asset Inventory Record
- Custom Documents
- Minor Children Advanced Planning
- Capture Intangible Assets
- Guidance and Follow-up
- 3-Year Review Included
DIY Online Forms
Volume Based Law Firms
REQUEST A FREE ESTATE PLANNING CONSULTATION
Whether you have young children, are looking back at a life well-lived, or have a business to protect, let’s have a conversation and talk about how I can help you.
I know it’s not easy to face our own death. And as a mother with two active boys, I understand how hectic life can be. But based on my own experience and those of clients, I have seen how planning for our death and incapacity (even though it can be uncomfortable at first) creates an enormous amount of peace of mind. Let’s get started now on creating a plan to protect you and your family throughout your lifetime and beyond.
“I contacted Norell for a restatement of my living trust that was prepared many years before by another attorney. My former attorney did a decent job but did not help me to really understand the trust and what was needed long term. He also did not address provisions for what would happen if I became incapacitated. Norell on the other hand, spent time educating me and answering my questions without any pressure …”
“My child’s future and safety are of the utmost importance to me. I was looking for an experienced person who would understand my concerns and needs. I was so lucky to find Norell. She, as a mom, shares my same concerns. Norell is wise, experienced and professional. Couldn’t ask for more. Peace of mind is priceless.”
“My wife and I attended one of Norell’s seminars at Whiz Kids about estate planning and immediately we could tell she was knowledgeable in estate planning, passionate about helping people be prepared in the event something happened, and truly concerned for our family’s well-being. The overall estate planning experience has been smooth and effortless. We would highly recommend using Albanis Law for your estate planning needs.”
Estate planning for families, individuals, couples, and businesses in Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.