We never do this, but Jennifer Mercer's biography absolutely requires it – a disclaimer. Here it is, Jennifer is a hugger. She hugs everyone. And is also a coffee fiend, so she has tons of energy. Odds are high she will eventually hug you, probably twice. Be warned.
Jennifer ‘fell into' – her phrase – a career in law. She was making ends meet as a babysitter, dance teacher, and retail worker immediately after graduating from Meredith College when one of her charge's fathers, a lawyer, mentioned that he was looking for a paralegal. She interviewed, was hired, and was a real estate paralegal with precisely zero experience almost overnight.
The lack of experience slowed her down not one bit. Jennifer's Communication degree came in handy, as did her virtually insatiable penchant for research and ready capacity to watch, listen, read, and learn. She needs to understand the why behind everything, and helping people is so very important to her.
Jennifer did not similarly 'fall into' estate administration work.
Two weeks after she turned twenty-one, her mother was killed by a drunk driver. It was a terrible time... made worse by the daunting, seemingly never-ending probate process that made her feel 'like an outsider.' It seemed to Jennifer that there had to be a better way to help people understand and navigate the complexities of settling a loved one's estate.
Unsurprisingly, Jennifer decided she would eventually work in a firm where she could help people understand and navigate the process after losing a loved one. We're glad she chose Carolina Family Estate Planning.
Jennifer knows on a deeply personal level how much the probate process can hurt – even when it goes smoothly – and she wants to be there for people going through it. As she puts it, "I can't fix the loss, but I can help relieve the stress and worry often associated with a loved one's passing."
She does that well, with, of course, hugs as necessary.
Jennifer lives in Clayton with her husband, two incredible daughters, and their dog Holly. Her girls keep a busy schedule with school, dance, and gymnastics. She has both a passion for musical theater and for nature - being at the beach or the mountains is her way to recharge. When Jennifer is not at the office, she is always thinking about ways to be bigger, better, and have more organized and improved processes. Maybe that is why she built the Estate Administration practice area practically from the ground up and expanded it more than tenfold. Jennifer genuinely loves what she does and who she does it with and you can see that in all aspects of her work and her involvement with the Carolina Family Estate Planning team.