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Will GravesAs an Associate Attorney for Dana and Associates, I enjoy helping clients set up an individualized estate plan that ensures that upon death, their assets are transferred according to their wishes as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Prior to joining Dana and Associates, I worked as a paralegal for 14 years and endured what seems like a lifetime of school. I grew up in Northwest Iowa and wrestled for the Buena Vista University Beavers. I left Iowa in 2002 and moved to sunny Arizona, where I completed a master’s degree at Arizona State University. From 2004 to 2016, I worked as an immigration paralegal and developed many legal skills that still help me today.

In 2014, I married and moved to London, England where I learned all sorts of fun words. For example, after working a long day at Dana and Associates I still might say, “I’m bloody knackered.” After England, my wife and I moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where I completed my law degree and discovered that I am passionate about helping people clearly communicate their wishes for assets in the event of incapacitation or death.

During law school, I worked with families who inherited land from relatives who passed away without a will. If a person dies without leaving behind clear instructions for their belongings, state law will determine where it goes, and it often gets divided between family members. This typically requires a court to transfer ownership from the deceased to their respective family members, who are then left to agree on how to split, use, or dispose of the property. As you can imagine, given the complexities of families, this can create disagreements that result in litigation.

These experiences cemented my desire to work in estate planning and create well thought out plans to protect clients’ assets for the benefit of themselves during life, and for the benefit of their families and loved ones upon death. After all, the last thing you want to do in life is burden the beneficiaries of your estate with what should be your lasting legacy.

Cheers!

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