It was the late U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy who uttered: “Lawyers have their duties as citizens, but they also have special duties as lawyers… They have a continuing responsibility to uphold the fundamental principles of justice from which the law cannot depart.”
Unlike the sport of baseball where a player can be judged by the number of home runs hit in a particular season or a pitcher that can be judged by wins and losses, choosing an attorney to represent you in times of crisis is much more daunting.
“My job is to navigate through the legal hurdles of my clients with my clients,” said Anna Blood, Esquire, Founder of Blood Law, LLC, who has offices in historic downtown Waxhaw and in Charlotte.
Where emotions tend to run high on sides of the aisle on issues of family law such as property distribution, alimony, restraining orders, and child custody issues, Blood says, “My job is to be aggressive in the courtroom, but if issues can be resolved outside of the courtroom, then the cost-benefit for all parties is better.”
“You have much more control out of court than you do in court. I believe that it is my responsibility to educate my clients on the law,” She says, acknowledging that she has seen cases where attorneys keep their clients in the dark about the divorce process.
One area that most people are unaware of: the rights of grandparents in divorce who are seeking to maintain visitation rights when one party seeks to exclude young children from spending time with their grandparents. The legal team at Blood Law, LLC works with families to determine what legal recourse is available.
Other areas under the umbrella of family law include adoption, child custody, child support, enforcement of custody orders, modification of court orders, restraining orders, and spousal support. With the changes in marriage laws, a growing area is same-sex divorce.
In addition to practicing family law, Blood Law, LLC specializes in estate planning and business formation.
According to a 2019 survey conducted for Caring.com, almost 60% of adults living in the United States do not currently have a will or living trust. For millennials, that number drops to approximately 20%. Part of the reason for not having a will—almost 3 out of 4 Americans feel that estate planning is too confusing. Even more concerning is that half of all Americans who have a basic will believe, incorrectly, that a basic will protects them from probate court. Now is the time to ensure that your legacy is adequately protected and that your assets are distributed appropriately.
Anna was graduated from the Charlotte School of Law and currently resides in Waxhaw with her husband and two children. She credits her mother for giving her “the grit” needed to graduate from college and law school. Anna’s sister is currently in law school and looks to join her sister in practice.
Their new offices will be housed in the former bank building built in 1901, in what she calls a “dream come true”. A grand opening is scheduled for later in 2019.
Hiring the right attorney is life-changing—when the ethics and morals (and the desired end result) of the client and the attorney are not in alignment, the emotional and psychological impact of the client (and all involved parties) can be devastating. Many attorneys make promises that have no chance of being delivered on creating a free fall for the client who pinned their hopes on false assurances.
“I’m transparent throughout the process—I don’t make promises and I don’t sugar coat things and I think that’s one of the reasons that I’m successful.”
For more information on Anna Blood, Esquire and Blood Law, LLC, visit: blood-law.com