February 8, 2008
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~ written by Gale R. King, III
Gale R. King III
Why did you decide to become an attorney?
I grew up working in my Dad’s law office and admired the fairness and integrity of the people I met there. I believe it is a helping profession and I give my best efforts at maintaining integrity and obtaining the best possible outcome for my clients and their children in family law and probate matters.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
Family Law and Probate issues require an odd combination of law and psychology. People come to us when they are facing the most difficult and important decisions of their lives: having lost a loved one, planning for their heirs, accepting an unwanted end to their marriage, escaping from a bad one, or fighting for their children or their grandchildren's future. Every person’s story, and therefore every case, is unique. Helping people through a rough situation is rewarding. Many of my clients stop by years later to let me know their story turned out well.
Describe your ideal client.
Whether it involves the end of a marriage, a custody decision, the death of a loved one, or planning for one’s own estate, these are emotionally charged situations. What makes a client ideal is the ability to separate any fear, frustration, anger, or sorrow over their current situation from the decisions they have to make. The attorney can only advise the client, not make decisions for them because the client, and their family, will live with the outcome. A client must be able to see beyond the current emotion long enough to decide what to do about the future, and then have the courage, determination, and patience to work with me to get there.
Describe your charitable activities.
I am an active, long-time member of Charity Newsies, a local organization dedicated to seeing that schoolchildren have new clothes, shoes, and warm winter coats at the start of each new school year, as well as school supplies. I have sold papers on Newsie Saturday (2nd Saturday in December) at the corner of Bethel and Olentangy River Road for years, raised funds myself, and volunteered at fundraising events such as the Red White and Brew Party on July 3 each year. I have tutored for the Right to Read program and have long been active in the Columbus Public Schools that our children attend.