From an early age, signs Jasmine Hardesty was destined for the courtroom appeared.
“My mom said I was always very good at negotiating as a child,” the now-attorney practicing out of Broadway said, laughing.
After the Winchester native graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007, she spent a few years working in Richmond as a paralegal and legislative assistant before attending Widener School of Law in Delaware.
Though Hardesty originally planned to practice corporate law, during law school, she discovered that she felt “far more comfortable and passionate about wills and estate planning.”
While she acknowledges some people may find the thought of preparing for the end of life frightening, Hardesty sees it from a different perspective.
“People view [estate planning and wills] as scary and intimidating, but really it’s just a way to protect your family,” she points out.
“It’s a way to look after your loved ones, and I love being able to help clients do that.”
After graduating from law school in 2011, Hardesty relocated to Timberville to be with her fiance, and worked for a year and half as a volunteer staff attorney at Blue Ridge Legal Services in Harrisonburg. She resigned last February, and began seeing clients privately at her home. Last October, when she felt “prepared and ready,” as she says, Hardesty opened her own private practice in Broadway.
“It’s been going so well and the community at large has been so welcoming,” she says. “It’s been a wonderful feeling.”
Her practice focuses on wills and estate planning, as well as land use and small business formulation.
As a committee member for the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA, as well as the secretary of the board for Open Doors — the homeless shelter organization formerly known as HARTS — Hardesty says she’s committed the area and looking forward to building her career.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to build my career in an area I’m so passionate about … I look forward to serving this community.”
For more information, visit Hardesty’s office located at 111 A. South Timber Way, Broadway, call 896-5291 or find her practice on Facebook.
Contact Katie King at (540) 574-6271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.