Interview: Why you need an estate plan with Crista Hermance Ep 6


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Maybe you’ve wondered what an estate plan is and if you need one. Or maybe you do know what it is but think it’s just something ‘wealthy’ people do. Our guest, Crista Hermance of the Hermance Law Firm breaks it all down for us in today’s episode. From the perspective of a mother and an attorney, Crista explains to us:

  • Why all parents need an estate plan in place
  • What estate planning really is
  • How to pick guardians for your children
  • How her law firm is doing it different by focusing their business specifically on young families

About the Guest:

As both a mother and an attorney, Crista Hermance understands the unique legal needs of families. She knows that all parents, regardless of their net worth, need comprehensive estate planning to ensure their wishes are followed and theirfamilies are protected.

Crista has focused her California-based law practice solely on the estate planning needs of young families. She has two daughters who are five and three, and has created a practice around having a work-life balance that allowed her to be both a mom and an attorney. With a play room, kid-friendly snacks, and a diaper changing station in the restroom, she’s also used her motherhood experiences to create an office environment that is welcoming to families with children.

Crista was born and raised in Ventura, California, and lived there the majority of her life. She majored in business management at San Diego State University and soon there after started working for Citigroup in Jacksonville, FL. She worked as a project manager for Citigroup and traveled extensively throughout the world, and even relocating to the Philippines for a year. After living in the Philippines, Crista moved back to California and began her legal career.

After passing the bar and as an associate attorney Crista began focusing on estate planning, personal injury and bankruptcy cases. It was then that she realized she really enjoyed helping families with their estate planning and decided to start her own practice where she could focus solely on estate planning and ensuring that young families know how to protect their family. 

About the Host:

Janice has been talking about money and business her entire career. During her 10 years as a commercial banker, she focused on developing financial solutions for companies of all sizes. While the work was both challenging and rewarding, Janice knew she wanted something more. She found her purpose when she began mentoring female entrepreneurs in 2012. While working with her female clients, four themes kept repeating:

  • Many women are uncomfortable with finance, both in their business and in their personal life.
  • Women want access to more women mentors and advisors.
  • Women start businesses because they feel the corporate world doesn’t fit their lifestyle. Few are motivated by purely financial reasons.

From these themes Mamas and Money was born. Janice now uses her knowledge and experience to support mothers in the areas of money, career, & business.

Janice has been a mother herself for 10 years. When her second child was just six months old, Janice, along with her two children and husband, boarded a plane and moved overseas. After five years of adventure in Asia, the family recently relocated to Tennessee. Janice credits her children with giving her the bravery needed for her international move and all of the crazy things she’s done since.

Janice holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Walsh College of Accountancy and MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She’s a lifelong learner and (not-so) secretly wishes she could go to school forever.

When Janice isn’t talking to mothers about money, career and business, you’ll find her traveling with her family and searching for the best Japanese food in town.

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