February 22, 2008
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Melissa J. Shaw
What experiences help you to be a better attorney?
My husband was deployed to serve in Iraq for the Amy during 2006. Through that process I learned the value of taking life one day at a time and making the most of the time we have with our loved ones. In preparation, we had to work through all the possible scenarios and plan for their possible occurrence. Happily, he’s home now, but I cherish him more than ever and treasure every day. I have more compassion for clients who are in the midst of a challenge and I want to give back.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
I wanted to help people protect their children and help them to gain peace around the process of how the children would be cared for if they could no longer take care of them. This is very important to me. As the mother of four children and a business owner, my husband and I use the processes I share with families and they do bring peace of mind not only to the parents but also children when the topic arises.
What makes your law firm unique?
We are approachable and easy to do business with. I want to make the estate planning process easy for busy families. After a one-hour consult to begin the process, I do most of the work. My service model is also unique. I have long-term relationship with clients since I can handle both the family and business estate planning needs and probate issues when a loved one passes away.
Describe your ideal client.
My ideal client is someone who understands the value of planning ahead and actively takes steps to protect their loved ones and assets. This is especially important for business owners since the family’s livelihood becomes so intertwined with the business.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
I am active member of my church, Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, since 1991 and have served on its Board twice and in numerous positions in Children’s Ministries. I am currently focused on improving my physical health through exercise and nutrition and am in a 52-week Challenge Program at Ultimate U Total Health in New Albany. I love playing with my kids and traveling with my husband, when we can get away.
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