As principal attorney at the Law Offices of Leigh Cowden, I wrote this Value Statement after spending quite a bit of time thinking about why someone might be compelled to choose my firm to accomplish their Business and Estate Planning goals. I thought, perhaps if people could get to know me and my firm better through the information that I provide on our website, they’d feel more comfortable reaching out over the phone or with an email. I hope this Value Statement gives you some insight into me as an attorney and as a fellow human being, and an understanding of my vision for the firm that I founded and operate. If it resonates with you, please give us a call or send an email. We would love to help you with your Estate Planning and Business legal work.
Exceptional Client Care Is My Priority
I recognize that when a person becomes my client, she or he is telling me that they trust me, that they value my services and my time, and that they like working with me. Each of them chose me over someone else to be their attorney. I’m flattered by this, and I also feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure that I do an exceptional job for them and that I treat them as I’d like to be treated by a legal professional. I work as hard as I do because I never want someone to regret the choice they made to hire me and my firm.
Education & Lifelong Learning
Teaching people to the extent they want to learn is a passion of mine. I never want a person to feel fear about legal issues, so if I can alleviate any negative feelings by educating my clients or others about estate planning or business law topics, I will absolutely do that. I’ve been a teacher in various ways since I joined the workforce when I was 18 years old.
I’m also a lifelong learner. I will never know all that there is to know about the law, but I will work all my life to be as knowledgeable as possible. I love to learn. Being a professional in my field requires that I keep up to date on many topics, as the laws and their interpretations continually evolve. I learn for my clients because that is my duty, and I learn for myself because it is my passion.
I’ve had a beautiful life so far, over 53 years and still going strong. Even in times of struggle or fear, I have always seen the blessings in failure, and I cherish the knowledge I’ve gained from both doing things well and from making mistakes. Every day I wake up and think about all the things I have to be thankful for, the people who make my world brighter, and the good fortune that has been a part of my life for decades. I finish my day with a quick prayer sent out into the world as a thank you for giving me another day of life surrounded by family, friends, clients, and colleagues who appreciate and care about me.
Some people might call me a perfectionist. I won’t deny that I try to be. It’s important to me that people who are counting on me are happy with the end result. I’ve always worked hard, inheriting my work ethic from my father and having it strengthened during my years in the military. When someone hires me, they will come to rely on the fact that the work product I present will be top notch, it will accomplish the goals they set out for me to attain, and my solutions will be comprehensive. I don’t take shortcuts, and I will always strive to please my clients with exceptional performance and service.
Valuable Team Relationships
It would be impossible for me to be a great Estate Planning and Business Attorney without a great team around me. I receive referral business from Certified Public Accountants, Financial Advisors, Insurance Agents, Clergy, friends, family, and existing clients, because these people know they can count on me to take good care of the people who are important to them. I am honest. I can have the difficult conversations that are sometimes necessary, without being disrespectful or harsh. An effective Estate plan or Business Project requires the expertise of many professionals like those I mentioned above. I very much appreciate the input and care these people lend to my business and our mutual clients.
Wellbeing and Family Values
I can only do the excellent work I do and be an amazing attorney, partner, mother, wife, sister, and daughter if I’m healthy, both physically and mentally. I’m only happy when I’m active, serving client needs while also having time to spend with my family and friends. I structure my work so that I can play a lot of tennis and attend dinners and special days with the people I love. I work really hard, but I am not a workaholic. Because I have solid boundaries, and because I structure my days to be as efficient and productive as possible, I am able to deliver what I promise to my clients, colleagues, friends, and family. In the past, I have worked too hard and neglected my health. I learned that this doesn’t help anyone, and in fact, it can hurt the ones who are most important to me. Today, balance is the hallmark of my life. I guess you could say that I work hard, I play hard, and I always find time to relax, smell the roses, and read a good book now and then.