Murphy Lawyer Hangs Her Shingle in Murphy
While she was an undergraduate at the University of Hawaii, Murphy resident Jnana Settle volunteered with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for several years. During this time she represented foster children in court and did home studies. This served as her introduction into the legal world and she loved it. She earned her law degree from SMU.
She started her legal career in a law firm in downtown Dallas at a firm that specializes in real estate. In May 2017, she opened her own firm in Plano. She, and her family of seven, moved to Murphy in May 2017. In January 2018, she was able to move her firm, The Settle Law Firm, to Murphy (318 W. FM 544, Suite A2.) She said, “I brought my firm to my hometown to be easily accessible to the Murphy community.”
She provides estate planning, real estate and business law. She describes what the estate plans include: Will – Documents which direct where your assets will go upon death. She notes, “When someone dies with a will, probate is faster and less expensive than if someone doesn’t have a will.” Durable Power of Attorney – Documents which allow you to appoint an agent (family or friend) to handle your finances if you were incapacitated (e.g., car accident or illness). Medical Power of Attorney – Document that allows you to appoint an agent to make medical decisions on your behalf if you could not do so. Appointment for Disposition of Remains – Document where you appoint an agent to make funeral arrangements and disposition of your remains (e.g., cremation or burial). Settle notes, “This helps minimize family disputes during the time of grief.” Declaration of Guardianship for Oneself – Document that tells a future judge who you want to be your guardian if you become incapacitated (e.g., dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.). Declaration of Guardianship for Children – Document which directs future courts as to who will be the guardian of your children should you pass away or become incapacitated.
Settle explains that due to the diversity of her clients’ needs, she will cover many topics when she first meets with new clients. If the client came in for estate planning, they discuss that family’s unique situation, their assets and plan for their future. She said, “I especially enjoy working with special needs families because I have two special needs children of my own.” With her real estate agent clients, she works with investors, sellers, buyers and lenders to review, draft and negotiate contracts, and so much more.
Following are the top three reasons clients go to The Settle Law Firm: (1.) Clients have an upcoming real estate transaction which requires attorney assistance. (2.) They want to put together an estate plan to protect their family’s assets during life and after death. (3.) A close family member has passed away and they want to know more about their options for probate.
She said that business has been wonderful and increasing steadily. She has added two part-time employees this year. Her one year goal is to add another attorney to her practice. Her five year goal is to move to a larger office within Murphy.
The Settle Law Firm is located at 318 W. FM 544, Suite A2 in Murphy. You can reach Settle at 972-914-9252 or email@example.com. She is offering a special rate for estate plans in June: $400 for single people and $650 for married couples.