I am Rachel Bernstein Sheikh - a Mom, Wife, Daughter and Sister. Family has always been everything to me, but becoming a mom in 2013 made me realize that I would do anything for that little person and that her needs now came before mine. This is the same philosophy behind having a well-organized estate plan in place. One of the most important gifts you can offer your loved ones is a clear plan for the future. Helping individuals and families ensure that their loved ones are adequately protected is my passion, and I feel so lucky to be able to provide my clients with peace of mind.
I believe that estate planning is essential for people of all ages, regardless of their wealth. It gives you the opportunity to make decisions about many of the most important issues in your life and the people you love--from naming a guardian for your child to appointing someone to carry out your wishes with respect to your health and finances. While it is impossible to control many aspects of your life, it is possible to make your wishes known and make sure your loved ones are protected through an estate plan.
I graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2005 and have more than a decade of legal experience. While I practiced criminal and civil law in the beginning of my career, my focus since 2013 has been on wills, trusts, probate and trust administration. This area of law is rewarding because I am able to help people with what is often considered an overwhelming and intimidating process. I have worked with clients at all different stages of life--young and single, couples purchasing their first home and starting a family, individuals after divorce or the death of their spouse, blended families and seniors. Estate planning and probate and trust administration allow me to draw upon my prior legal experience and my long-time commitment to helping and educating others.
I fell in love with Colorado when we moved here from the east coast in 2011 and immediately embraced my new community. I am a member of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce and Metro North Chamber of Commerce where I work with other local leaders to support our community members. I am a member of multiple bar associations including the Colorado Women's Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), the Jefferson County Bar Association, as well as the Solo and Small Firm, Trust & Estates and Elder Law sections of the CBA. I graduated from the Colorado Bar Association's Leadership Training Program in 2015 and have continued to participate in the planning of the program ever since. I am always looking for ways to challenge myself to be better at what I do and how I lead. I serve on the Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education to foster and promote competence and professionalism among Colorado lawyers. In 2017, I volunteered at the Jefferson County Senior Law Day during their Ask-A-Lawyer Program, and I served as the Sponsorship Chair for the Boulder County Senior Law Day. I enjoy giving back to my community, and I look forward to working with you.