Susan Hunt • Attorney
Sue Hunt’s estate planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures tomorrow. Sue Hunt is a strategist who loves puzzles and people. She enjoys using this uncommon combination to analyze the many threads of your life, and to listen to your goals and priorities for the future. Then Sue guides you through the often confusing maze of financial and legal decisions to create plans that best protect you and your family and accomplishes your family goals.
“I know firsthand what happens when a family has no planning in place and bad plans in place, and I know what happens when the right planning is in place. We are always looking out for you—and our goal is to protect you like we’d protect our families and ourselves. I don’t mean that as a cliché. We are proactive, thoughtful, and thorough when we examine all the possible risks you face. Negating those risks puts a smile on our clients’ faces and ours.”
Her considerable legal expertise includes family protection, wealth preservation, and values-based planning, as well as planning strategies for unmarried couples, same sex couples, blended families, and divorced individuals. Whether you are married or single, with a traditional family or blended one, just starting out or looking back on a life well-lived, Sue will help you craft a plan that achieves your goals for your loved ones today and for years to come.
Sue earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1994. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and Greensboro Bar Association. She is also a member of the Greensboro chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals; WealthCounsel, a national organization of Estate Planning Attorneys and financial professionals, Women’s Professional Forum, and is on the Board of Directors for the Fisher Park Neighborhood Association. Sue enjoys educating her community and is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including family and wealth protection planning, wills and trusts, advance directives, and protecting family inheritances. Sue has chosen to concentrate on Wills, Trusts and Estates because she is passionate about helping families create happy and secure futures.
Sue is originally from Springfield, Illinois, and grew up in the tiny town of Rising Sun, Indiana, but Greensboro, North Carolina, has been her home since 1989. She is an avid traveler and passionate about photography, having photographed her way so far through 27 countries. She also enjoys yoga and culinary arts. She lives in Fisher Park with her husband, Jim, a financial advisor, and her Yorkshire Terrier “Riley”, who is often seen visiting with the clients at her office. She and Jim enjoy live music and even have concerts in their backyard, which they have named “Music at Big Purple.”
Julia Brown • Attorney
June of 2019 was an exciting month for Julia Brown. She was gladly welcomed to our firm as an Associate Attorney, her first job after becoming a member of the North Carolina State Bar, and she got engaged to her fiancé Lucas. Julia was delighted to not only be expanding her personal family but gaining a work family as well.
Julia is a planner. She is very good at thinking through the logistics of how a plan will come together and is strategic in working to bring that plan to life. These qualities come to light as she guides families in strategic ways to provide for and protect their loved ones.
“Family means so much to me. My family loves getting together when we can, and we always end up reminiscing over funny stories and memories. I cherish those get-togethers. Working here, I hope to help people realize Estate Planning does not have to be a solemn matter but rather it can be something celebrated. With a proper estate plan, we can make it easier on our loved ones to be able to look back on the good memories when it is our time of passing rather than leave them feeling stressed about how to manage our affairs when we have moved on.”
Growing up in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia, Julia enjoys spending her free time hiking, appreciating the beauty of nature, and being in the fresh air. She was raised by an engineer and dentist, whose traits of critical thinking and precision have passed on to her and become qualities that flow into her work.
Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic and Organizational Communication Studies from West Virginia University in 2016. She then moved to Greensboro to attend Elon University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2018. She fell in love with the big city amenities but small-town feel that Greensboro has to offer. Julia likes to stay involved in the community she now calls home and is a member of the Greensboro Bar Association, Greensboro Junior Chamber of Commerce (“Jaycees”), and SynerG.
Nell Pretzsch • Client Services Director
Friendly, positive, professional, detail oriented, organized…. just a few of the words that describe Nell. Nell Pretzsch loves people and details. She is a certified paralegal and serves as the firm Client Services Director. She works with each of our clients to make their estate planning process smooth and efficient. Nell also is the estate administration paralegal, helping clients navigate through the confusing probate process. Nell is the first person you’ll hear on the other end of the line when you call.
A native Floridian, Nell grew up in Winterhaven, a small town in central Florida. When a job change for her husband, David, brought them to Greensboro in 1997, they fell in love with North Carolina and found out how beautiful it is to experience the four seasons. Nell’s son, Eric, is a graduate student at Duke University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Two very spoiled cats round out the Pretzsch family. Nell is an avid tennis player and is captain of multiple tennis teams.
With a background in psychology, education, and business, Nell is a calming presence in the office and for our clients.
“I’m a people person and enjoy getting to know each of our clients.”