October 13, 2020
Attorney Vicki Wind, a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, joined Dysart Taylor in 2017 as a paralegal and became a staff attorney in 2019. As an experienced attorney helping businesses and individuals plan for the future, Vicki brings a unique perspective to her practice in corporate, estate planning, tax and business law.
Vicki has significant experience researching tax issues with respect to estates, trusts, gifts and retirement issues. She has also assisted clients in estate and trust administration, as well as with conservatorship and guardianship administration.
Read on to learn more about Vicki in our Attorney Spotlight:
Why did you want to become an attorney? What made you decide on this field?
“I worked as a paralegal for several years, and several attorneys and a law professor who worked part time at the firm suggested law school. I resisted at first, but then decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed the research and writing aspects, and became more interested in the non-litigation options, including estate planning and corporate law.”
What has surprised you in your return to practicing law?
“After taking a break from the practice of law for about 10 years, the biggest difference was being able to conduct so much business online. Everything moves at a much faster pace when you are able to file pleadings online instead of spending significant time mailing everything.”
What is your most significant memory or case in your career?
“When I worked in the corporate setting, I had the opportunity to attend a conference at Lake Placid, New York. One of the activities was to ride in the bobsled used by the Olympians (it was on wheels – no ice) – that was quite a rush! On the legal side, I have enjoyed helping people maneuver the probate system, as it is usually at a difficult time in their lives. On the estate planning side, I have assisted with several quite complex plans, and it is very satisfactory knowing that we are helping families plan for their futures and easing the concerns of the next generation.
What is the best thing about being an attorney?
“I enjoy figuring out solutions to problems and being able to engage with clients.”
Is there anything you did more of during quarantine than before?
“When both my husband and I were on lockdown, we had lunch together nearly every day – often outdoors on the patio – which was nice. Otherwise, I did less shopping, because nothing was open, so I suppose I saved money!”
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
“I love to sew and have made several T-shirt quilts for family members. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as gardening (although I have yet to learn the secret of rabbit-proof plants), hiking, and just walking around my neighborhood. What I enjoy most is traveling to visit my daughter in Georgia and spending time at her horse shows!”