Hello! I’m Jami Worley and I’m here to help you through the often complicated and confusing process of securing your family’s future, planning for long term care, addressing your needs after a loved one dies, and helping you understand the options available.
You may be thinking that Estate Planning is fairly black and white, a sort of “fill in the blanks” if you will (let’s be honest, we’ve all seen the do-it-yourself forms…). The truth is, there are countless details to consider and just as many ways to design your estate plan to fit you and your family’s needs.
Perhaps you’re a young family, or retirees who just relocated to the Sunshine State. Or maybe you’re like me and consider your four-legged fur babies as your children (mine are Chaya and Pete, more on them later), or you may be single and just trying to determine what to do with the estate you’ve worked hard to build. You’ll have questions and I will either have answers – or will get them for you.
So why would you choose to work with me? After all, many lawyer bios say pretty much the same thing, right?
Well, like “many lawyers,” I have a law degree (mine is from our local Stetson University College of Law) and I passed the Florida Bar – on my first try, I might point out! I truly care about my client’s interests and well-being – which I hope is something “many lawyers” also do. And, like “many lawyers,” I belong to several legal organizations including the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Sarasota Bar Association, the Manatee County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and the Florida Bar’s Elder Law and Real Property, Probate, and Trust sections.
I’m not really standing out yet, am I? So, what does set me apart?
My real life experiences
Growing up, I had hundreds of grandparents. No, I wasn’t raised in a commune or as part of a religious sect, and they weren’t my actual grandparents, I just saw them that way. My Dad was a pastor and his calling/passion was in working in senior ministries. That meant that I spent most of my childhood in nursing homes and with seniors, hence having hundreds of grandparents. I learned very early that death was inevitable and shouldn’t be feared – but that it should be planned for. That’s probably not something “many lawyers” have in their bios.
My family is full of U.S. veterans, so helping veterans is very important to me. In law school, I had the privilege of working in Stetson’s renowned Veterans Advocacy Clinic. I worked with veterans who were seeking their well-deserved VA benefits. I represented them in front of the Board of Veterans Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. I am now a VA-Accredited attorney, which allows me to continue to help veterans with their long term and estate options. There are fewer than 50 VA-Accredited attorneys in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, so that’s certainly not something “many attorneys” have in their bios.
Perhaps most importantly, I have a personal understanding of the importance of planning ahead for the unexpected. I know what it’s like to struggle with balancing the grief of losing a loved one with the necessity of trying to navigate the legal aspects of their passing. In September 2017, I lost my Dad. Estate Planning is my passion, but I’ll be honest with you – everything went fuzzy when he died. Even though I understood the legal process, I was unsure of every decision I was trying to make. His dying simply hadn’t been the plan.
It hasn’t been easy. But I can certainly relate to adult children who are trying to pick up the pieces and take care of their surviving parent (my Mom now lives with us…). I can share what I’ve learned and help you navigate through the probate process, if needed.
A little more about me
Well, that seems like a depressing note to end on…so I’ll include a few more personal details to brighten the mood!
I’ve spent the majority of my life in Bradenton, Florida, and I love it here! I was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and spent a few years in Asheville, North Carolina – where I met and married my hubby, Charles. After convincing Charles to marry me, I dragged him back to my beloved Sunshine State, where we’ve been since 2001. We live in West Bradenton with my Mom and two fur babies: Chaya, a 13-year-old Great Pyrenees (picture an all-white Saint Bernard), and Pete, a 7-year-old Catahoula Leopard dog. Pete thinks Grandma moved in solely to spoil him…
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of South Florida (Magna Cum Laude). Before returning to college, I was a photographer (of course, once a photog always a photog, so I do still take pictures). I love the water and enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, and have even tried scuba. But I’m of Celtic descent, so I’m pale and caked in sunscreen whenever we go out!
I hope this helped you get to know me a little better, and I’d love to have the opportunity to get to know you and your family! Give me a call at 941-444-5958, email me at email@example.com, or use the Contact form below.