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Jill Besl

1.800.798.5297

Jill Besl

“I love what we do for our clients here at Cooper, Adel, Vu & Associates. My dream job is one in which I can have a positive impact on people’s lives, and here, I do that every day!”

Jill Besl joined the firm as a paralegal in 2013 as a member of our Trust Team. Jill tells a compelling story about what made her decide to pursue a career in Elder Law. Her parents had a Family Trust from the time she was a small child. About ten years ago, her mother was trying to sell the family cattle farm. It was on the market for three years before she finally found a buyer. Just two days before the closing, her mother had an aneurysm burst in her brain. Happily, her mother survived, but, needless to say, she was unable to go to the closing and sell the farm. However, because their farm was in their Family Trust and Jill and her sister were co-trustees, they were able to go to the closing and get the burden of the farm off their backs so they could focus on helping their mother recover. From that time forward, Jill has made it her mission to help others understand the importance of planning – and planning ahead of a crisis!

Jill has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton where she was also an active member of the Theatrical Club. She also has a Certificate in Horticulture and was a professional photographer with her own business for over 10 years. In 2013, Jill earned her Post-baccalaureate Professional Certificate in Paralegal Technology from the University of Cincinnati where she was on the Dean’s List every quarter with a 3.8 grade point average. She is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, the Cincinnati Paralegal Association and the National Association of Legal Assistants.

Jill is originally from Fairfield Ohio. In her spare time, Jill enjoys hiking, gardening and hands-on home improvement. She has two dogs (Rya’c & Mia) and three cats (Buckeye, Kitchi and Gizmo) who all graciously allow her to live in the house with them.

Interview

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Cincinnati and grew up in Fairfield, Ohio.

What’s the most important thing you do for our clients?

I help our clients protect the assets they worked a lifetime to earn.

What is the top concern/worry that you hear from clients that we help them resolve?

Most clients are worried about protecting their assets and not leaving a mess for their heirs to clean up.

What is a goal you’ve set for yourself to improve client service?

My goal is to make this whole process as easy and worry-free as possible for our clients. At the end of the Delivery/Out, a lot of clients are overwhelmed with the funding process, even though we do as much of it as possible. I want to make that process less stressful for them.

Clients really like it when…I take time to answer their questions in a way they can understand.

I really appreciate it when clients…are pro-active throughout the funding process and beyond.

What makes you most proud of working here?

The extremely highly ethical values of this firm is very important to every person here and, of course, to our clients.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy riding my motorcycle and doing my own home repairs and improvements. I also love to hike!

What is a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?

I have a Bachelors degree in Geology.

What is your favorite quote?

“The greatest oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.” – Unknown Author

What is a saying you try to live by?

Learn something new everyday!

Are you a cat or dog person (or maybe a fish or snake person)?

I love ALL critters…(even snakes!) but if I had to choose, dogs win out (but don’t tell my cats that!).

Favorites:

Sports Team: Cincinnati Reds
Sport: Racquetball
Music: Country
Band: John Denver
TV Show: NCIS
Food: Dark chocolate!

Tom Brammell

1.800.798.5297

Tom Brammell

 “I have the privilege of working with our clients to achieve their estate planning goals.”

 Tom Brammell joined Cooper, Adel, Vu and Associates Elder Law Practice as a paralegal on our Trust Team in January, 2018. Tom has experience in many roles within the department including trust funding, meeting with clients to help them understand the plan recommended for them as well as the trusts and legal directives that have been prepared for them. As a former educator, Tom has made it his mission to explain complex concepts and answer questions in a way that our clients understand.

Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) from The Ohio State University. He taught English in the public schools for six years. He was drawn to Elder Law because he is passionate about helping people.

Tom is a native of Marion, Ohio where he lives today. He has a strong family connection with his parents who have been married for over 40 years. His brother, Jon, and two nephews live in Pennsylvania. He has two daughters, Ava and Flora, who are the apples of his eye. In his spare time, Tom enjoys reading history, political science and mystery novels. Most of all, he devotes his time to playing and exploring with his daughters.

Interview

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Marion, Ohio.

What’s the most important thing you do for our clients?

I assist our clients in protecting what they’ve spent their lifetimes building.

What is the top concern/worry that you hear from clients that we help them resolve?

The top concern I hear from our clients is Probate. They want to make sure that their estates do NOT pass through the Probate Court.

What is a goal you’ve set for yourself to improve client service?

My goal is learn more about how our legal services can work in tandem with our financial and retirement planning.

Fill this in: Clients really like it when…  I help them articulate what it is that they are trying to achieve in their estate planning.

Fill this in: I really appreciate it when clients … take an active role in establishing and fulfilling their estate plan.

What makes you most proud of working here?

Hearing from and meeting family of former / existing clients who have seen firsthand how a comprehensive estate plan has benefitted them.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to read and be active with my 8-year-old daughter, Ava.

What is a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?

I am a pianist.

What is your favorite quote?

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain

What is a saying you try to live by?

Do what is right, not what is easy.

Pet Peeve: Poor grammar.

Are you a cat or dog person (or maybe a fish or snake person)?

Cats.

Favorites:

Sports Team: The Cleveland Browns

Sport: Tennis

Music: 1990s

Band: Stevie Nicks

TV Show: Seinfeld

Food: Mexican

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