First, the boring stuff: I graduated in 2003 from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, which was a self-designed Political Science/Legal Studies major. From there, I went to UH's William S. Richardson School of Law, where I had the privilege of being selected to be a member of the Hawaii Law Review, and graduated in 2006. I started my firm, Aiston Law LLC, in 2008 (it had a different name back then). I've been serving families and businesses in Oregon for over 10 years now. I am a member of the Oregon State Bar, as well as the Bar's Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Business Law sections. I’m also a member of the MOB Nation Alliance, a Mom-Owned Business network, and I love working with women and mom business owners.
Now, the real stuff: I did a business exercise recently where I had to ask my friends what they thought my three best qualities are. The word "tenacious" came up many times (probably because I debate and write about politics frequently). So did: honest, direct, intelligent, brave, dedicated and compassionate. These things are all true. I think things through and I say what I mean. I throw myself into all of my projects and I don't give up. And I care very deeply about my family, my friends, my clients, and my communities, and am committed to seeing them happy and successful.
Some people really want to know: I'm an Aquarius with a Pisces rising; my Meyers-Briggs is INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging); and my Enneagram type is a 5-wing-4 (Investigator/Individualist).
My family is what brought me to own this business. I struggled immensely with the idea of joining a regular law firm and working 60-80 hours a week so that I could enjoy one day a week with my family and maybe two weeks per year, all while putting up with office politics that probably worked against me as a woman and mother. I mean, I could have paid off my student loans faster if I went that route, but it just wasn't for me. So I decided to start my own firm, and it was a very exciting time for me.
I started with Estate Planning, which was personal for me--my mother died when I was a little girl, and without a plan in place. I knew that bad things happen to good people, and that I needed to plan for the care of my kids and my assets if something happened to me. I brought that personal knowledge into my practice to build comprehensive, personalized plans for my clients. I worried about all of the details and the what-ifs so that they didn't have to do so.
It’s quite likely that I am the only estate planning lawyer in the area who has direct experience with a parent dying when I was a child, and all of the disastrous results that can happen as the result of a failure to plan.
Eventually, I expanded the practice with Business Planning. If Estate Planning was borne from my childhood wounds, Business Planning was borne from the ever-hopeful, optimistic, afraid-and-doing-it-anyway part of my soul. When I became a business owner, I loved everything about it. I truly have the spirit of an entrepreneur and I often infect others with it too. That's probably because I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My dad, also a lawyer, had his own small practice in Hawaii and I managed it up until my second year of law school. Then he retired and bought a farm in Winston, Oregon and called it Freed Estate Vineyards, where he planted wine grapes and now has a 40-acre vineyard. My mom helps to operate it. She's an artist, and she has made the tasting room her own with local art for sale and wine-and-paint nights. One of my brothers is the vineyard manager. He's always been a plant guy, so he handles all of the agriculture. My other brother has his own businesses in Hawaii as a charter fishing captain and surfboard maker.
So, as you can see, entrepreneurship is in my soul. I get what your business means to you. It means that you have a dream, a vision, and hope. It means you've stepped off the beaten path to try to create something better for yourself and your family. It means you've taken risks because you believe they will pay off. I want you to achieve all of that. The work that we do together helps to protect your dream.
When I'm not working, I'm usually: Writing (about politics, or working on one of the two books I've been trying to finish forever), spending time with my kids and my dogs (my youngest is homeschooled, so we spend a lot of time together; my dogs are also homeschooled), trying new places to eat, hiking, walking, running, or biking. Oh, and I love my Oregon wine and local beers. I also have some volunteer work that I do with political campaigns, community building, homelessness advocacy.
Thanks for getting to know me. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.