By Carol Mowdy Bond
An estate planning firm, Thomason Law, located at 115 E. Vandament Avenue in Yukon, offers one-on-one personal service. And owner Jennifer Thomason isn’t planning to change that any time soon. Her practice areas include wills, trusts, estate planning, business formation, and oil and gas.
Attorney Thomason said, “The pandemic, in general, makes people think about planning, especially early on when things were really bad at the beginning. And it has shed the light on the importance of legal planning.”
“I am unique in that I am the only person in my office,” Thomason said. “There’s no assistant, or paralegal or anyone else. I’m the one who answers the phone. And I do it all, every step of the way. So, my clients only have to deal with me. This also allows me to keep my costs lower, and pass those savings on to my clients.”
“It’s a common misconception that estate planning is only for the elderly and extremely wealthy,” Thomason said. “In fact, estate planning is beneficial for people of all ages and income levels. My clients are in all age groups, from 18 to about age 100, and everywhere in between. Some people don’t realize that once you turn 18, it’s not necessarily true that your parents will have the power to make your decisions if something happens to you. Even the basic Power of Attorney document is important. It’s important to have legal documents done now, when you don’t need them.”
“A lot of my clients are young families with children,” said Thomason. “They have a guardian named for their children in case something happens to them.
Then, as they go through life, they can make changes to their legal documents.”
Thomason said, “I do free consultations. And I do a lot of estate planning. For my clients, I always put all the documents on a flash drive. They can keep the original documents in a safe place if they want. But they can carry that flash drive all the time.”
Some of the common estate planning documents, that Thomason encourages clients to consider, include: Advance Directive in which you make your wishes known regarding treatment for terminal illness and end of life care; Power of Attorney where you appoint someone you trust to act on your behalf if you become temporarily or permanently unable to care for yourself; Will which provides for the distribution of your assets and appoints a guardian to care for your minor children; Trust which distributes your assets while avoiding the time and expense of probate.
Thomason gives discounts to military personnel, first responders, and Yukon Public School employees.
Born and raised in Hays, Kansas, Thomason completed her undergrad studies at Fort Hays State University in Hays. She and her husband moved to Oklahoma while she earned her law degree at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Then they decided to make Oklahoma their home.
“I was in Oklahoma City for a year with my practice,” Thomason said. “Then we moved to Yukon, and I’ve been in this Yukon office since 2014. But I get a lot of clients who come from Oklahoma City. They don’t have to deal with Oklahoma City’s traffic and parking here in Yukon.
“I’ve always been fascinated with law in general,” said Thomason, “And classes I took in law school caused me to become fascinated with these specific areas of law. This is a different dynamic than preparing for court. I get to spend my days working with my clients and developing relationships with them. It’s more personal. I like meeting with my clients and helping them to accomplish their goals. I try to keep it relaxed, and as simple as possible for people. And I try to be approachable, and make sure people have access to all the information they need.”
Thomason’s husband, John, is also from Kansas. And he is the director of rehab at Spanish Cove Retirement Community.
“I really like being in the Yukon area,” Thomason said.
“It has a small town, friendly feeling.”