I always knew I wanted to help people, but it took me a while to figure out the best way to go about it. Since I hadn’t fully decided by the time I reached college, I chose to let my natural skills and interests guide my way — which led me to study accounting. The field seemed like a good fit, so after getting my accounting degree, I went on to become a Texas Certified Public Accountant.
During my time as a CPA, I felt like I was really starting to make a difference. I guided individuals, families, small business owners, and farmers through an array of financial concerns, like income, estate, and payroll tax issues. The work was rewarding, but I began to wonder if it was right for me after all. Something told me I could do even more for my clients if I were to expand my knowledge base. And so I went back to school to study law.
In law school, I was quickly drawn to the areas I still practice today. I saw the hostility involved in some of the other fields and knew that just wasn’t the kind of law I wanted to practice. I wasn’t interested in seeking out or adding more conflict to legal problems; I wanted to fix them. 30 years later, my practice has evolved and changed, but I’m still very glad I chose to practice the areas that I do. Guiding clients through the legal concerns that affect their work, their future, and their families can be emotionally trying at times, but it’s always gratifying when I can change their circumstances for the better.
As I consider each aspect of your situation, I focus on how it will affect you now, in the future, and throughout your entire life.