Attorney at Law
Nina has been practicing law for over 30 years in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law. She is currently licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee. Her Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating is the highest achievable: 5 stars in peer reviews. In other words, her fellow attorneys rate Nina as among the best of the best. Nina is justifiably proud of her unimpeachable background as an attorney of the highest personal and professional standards.
Nina's real passion, though, is estate planning, which arises out of her natural proclivity to plan for every contingency and out of her life experiences Nina has seen, and has experienced first-hand, the effects of good, bad and non-existent estate planning, and absolutely wants to help others to plan properly for the inevitable.
As a widow (since remarried to husband Brian who also works in the law firm), Nina completely understands the devastation and confusion the surviving spouse feels, and she knows that proper planning lifts a tremendous burden from the survivor. It's an immeasurably valuable gift to one's family, in the time that they need it most. Nina personally experienced the values of having in place:
- A comprehensive estate and disability plan when her late husband was diagnosed with cancer.
- All the tools and financial support she needed to obtain medical records, make medical decisions, and obtain 24/7 in-home care for her late husband.
- Authority to access financial and other assets with very few questions asked and without having to go to court.
Additionally, Nina's father was in an assisted living facility due to dementia before he passed. Nina is grateful to have been able to help her mother before her father's incapacity by drafting thorough medical and financial powers of attorney, as well as reviewing and amending her parents' rather dated and simple estate plan (that her mother had naively obtained free from a trust mill associated with a name brand financial management company), and Nina also took steps before it was too late to ensure that important assets were transferred to her parents' trust (something the drafting attorney failed to do, an all too common occurrence).
Helping others avoid the pitfalls of failing to plan, failing to fund their existing plan or failing to update their plan as their life and the law changes is Nina's passion; it's why she does what she does. She works directly with her clients to not only insure that they have the plan they need and want, but that the assets are transferred to the trust when possible, and that other accounts have updated the beneficiaries correctly. It's taking the extra time to make sure that the details are properly attended to that makes the difference between as successful plan and a failure.
A maxim Nina lives by: What is more valuable than ensuring your loved ones will be well-provided for according to your wishes after your passing, and that they will not undergo any additional unnecessary stress and expense at your passing?
At Cumberland Legacy Law, it is incredibly easy to actually talk to a real attorney: Just pick up the phone and call. Nina answers the phone almost half the time, actually. If she isn't' able to talk to you at that time she will return your call with 24 hours, often within one hour if during business hours. Clients can always call or email to ask questions at no additional charge.
Nina graduated with a B.S. degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and a J.D. in 1986. She is a member of WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel and Lawyers with Purpose.
Nina and Brian have two dogs (Jagger and Gidget) adopted from rescue shelters and have been adopted by two cats (KittyCat and Champ). Their adorable little dog BoyBug passed recently, and they miss him very much.
When not helping clients Nina and Brian combine their love of animals with their passion for flying by transporting adopted pets from shelters to their new forever homes, often to another state. They also love to explore their newfound home of Tennessee, either by flying or driving the backroads, seeking that next great diner or barbecue joint, and live bluegrass music.
You can read more about Brian's and Nina's exploits here.