Q & A with Attorney Jennifer Gumbel
Jennifer Gumbel has joined the law firm as an Associate Attorney. Jennifer has several years of experience in the areas of estate planning, probate, and real estate law. Jennifer has a special interest and background in estate planning for international families. Welcome aboard, Jennifer!
Learn more about Jennifer in this Q&A.
Q: Where did you grow up? How long have you lived in the area? Tell us about your family.
I was born and raised in Sioux Falls. My dad was a CPA and my mom was a bookkeeper for a number of years. My husband and I attended the University of Minnesota and came to the area after he graduated. I joined him once I graduated from Drake Law School in Des Moines. We live with our four kids in LeRoy.
Q: Tell us about the events that led you to where you are now (i.e. education, career path).
My initial plan wasn’t to be a lawyer. I wanted to teach. After shadowing an attorney in Brandon, South Dakota, I realized that estate planning and probate is largely educating the client in how to leave a manageable to-do list or walking them through dealing with the to-do list they were left. I’m also fluent in German and studied international legal systems, so I especially like helping international families with their estate planning needs.
For a number of years, I was a part owner in a law firm in Fillmore County and prior to coming to Wagner Oehler, Ltd., I worked as an associate attorney in Austin, doing primarily estate planning, probate and real estate.
I do a number of presentations including teaching continuing legal education classes for other attorneys. I’m also the creator of the website and podcast, An Organized (after)Life.
Q: What else would you like us to know?
I want people to understand that legal documents are incredibly important, but that leaving a manageable to-do list also means making sure your assets are following the plan your legal documents set out.
Our office doesn’t simply create wills and trusts. We strategize with you to determine a plan that will minimize the legal issues your family will have to deal with. We create the documents to set up that plan and show you how to set up your assets to coordinate with the plan.