Carlee White Gonzales
When I was 8 years old I told someone that I wanted to be a lawyer. At that time, I probably thought being a lawyer meant winning arguments and wearing high heels. Years of schooling and experience in this field revealed to me that I wanted to be the lawyer that made life easier for people during difficult times. Sometimes that means winning arguments and sometimes that means helping a client compromise to put an end to a dispute. Occasionally, this is done while wearing high heels.
After a few valuable internships for Louisiana judges, I began my legal career with a very skilled attorney who taught me so many areas of law. My favorite cases though were Successions or Probate litigation. I felt like a valuable resource for our clients when we navigated the uncharted and emotional territory of finalizing their loved one’s affairs. I learned of efficient procedures that made the process faster and cheaper than what our clients expected.
I also quickly discovered how complicated and messy an estate could become without proper planning. When you hear about someone’s estate costs tens of thousands of dollars or taking years to close, usually the cause is failure to plan ahead. A properly executed Will or Trust greatly reduces the chance of litigation over someone’s estate.
After several years as an associate at my former law firm, I felt a calling to work in my hometown of Hammond, LA and serve the community in which I was raised. After the birth of my son, Frederic, I knew it was the perfect time to open my own practice. First time mother and first time business owner all within a year – I like a challenge!
I opened my law office in August 2015 and other than my son, this has been my greatest accomplishment. I pride myself on bringing efficient and affordable legal services for Successions, Trusts and Estate Planning to Southeast Louisiana, including Hammond, Ponchatoula, Livingston, St. Helena, Covington, Mandeville, and the surrounding areas.
When you call my office, you will talk to me. I will be the person responding to your emails and working on your legal matter. You will receive the personal attention you deserve from your lawyer. To get started on your estate plan or loved one’s succession, give me a call or contact me below.