Amy Privette, Attorney
Amy began her legal career as a paralegal for a well-respected family law firm in Raleigh. Through her seven-plus years working as a paralegal, she was able to gain valuable insight, not only into the mechanics of working with clients during some of the worst times of their lives, but also the significant impact legal professionals have on them. Amy's compassionate and empathetic nature made her a lifeline for her clients. Those traits serve her well in her work as an estate planning and estate administration attorney.
Amy was born and raised in North Carolina, the youngest of three in a very close-knit family, and she had never planned to live anywhere else. It was a surprise to those closest to her when she decided to move to Virginia Beach and attend law school at Regent University School of Law, despite being accepted to several high-profile schools in her home state. Yet, as a Christian, the ability to learn the law from a Christian-centered perspective under the tutelage of a nationally ranked faculty made it an easy choice. Amy's time at Regent was unforgettable and afforded her the opportunity to take classes under former Attorney General John Ashcroft, attend lectures by former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, travel to France to visit the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe, and the European Parliament, and work with the American Center for Law and Justice, led by renowned attorney Jay Sekulow.
Although living in Virginia Beach was wonderful, the pull of family back home in North Carolina was too great. Amy's decision to return to home was validated when her father was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia mere months after Amy graduated from law school. Building a new law practice while being "on call" to help her mother care for her ailing father was not easy, but there were many precious moments with her father during his 4-year journey with Lewy Body Dementia that Amy would not trade for anything.
She now lives in Cary with her widowed mother, only minutes from her two brothers and their families. Her greatest joy in life is hanging out with her nephews and niece. When she's not playing games with the kids, she can be found talking with her mother about the latest book they both read, camping in the mountains with her best friend, tailgating with the entire family at a Duke football game, or watching the Blue Devils play basketball.
Amy got her love of travel from her father, and she has been fortunate to spend time in Sudan, Israel, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Turks & Caicos, Mexico, Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Canada. Australia and New Zealand are at the top of her travel bucket list (with a return to trip to Scotland close behind)!
Sara Krueger, Legal Assistant
Sara is Amy’s amazing legal assistant. Sara and Amy have known each other since they played the flute together in the band at Cary High School. Even though life took them in different directions after graduation, they were able to stay in touch (thank you social media!).
Due to two untimely deaths in her family, Sara found herself in need of an attorney to help make sense of the legal hoops and hurdles of probate. You can read more about Sara's personal story on the firm's blog here. Sara's need for help to settle two estates allowed hers and Amy's path to merge, yet again.
Having been on the client side of the table, Sara has a unique perspective to offer clients: her experience gifts her with the knowledge of how best to support those going through the probate process. Being that neither of her two family members had prepared an estate plan, she also appreciates the importance of estate planning and the peace of mind it can offer those loved ones left behind.
Sara earned a BA in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Until she joined the firm, her work experience was mainly in the human services field, supporting folks with developmental disabilities and their families. Sara enjoys putting that experience to use in a completely different profession and is very proud to be a part of Privette Legacy Planning!