Several years ago, suddenly and unexpectedly, I found myself as personal representative for an estate. Managing those affairs consumed my time, my energy, and my spirit. It was complex, but it did not need to be difficult. As an attorney stepping in at that stage in the matter, I knew things could have been better planned.
Friends often asked whether there was a will for that estate. There was, but the simple will that had been used, much of it seemingly in a fill-in-the-blank manner, was not enough for that situation or for most. Many questions lingered, but no clear answers were available. The only one with those answers was gone.
A few years later, I was faced with finding long-term care placement for another loved one. We needed to understand the different options available. We needed to consider the aspects of how we would provide for that financially. And while working through those parts, we were also shouldering the emotional drain that comes when a loved one is in a medical crises, nearing end of life. That loved one had planned early, and that gift she gave us by doing so was valuable in countless ways well beyond finances.
Those experiences fueled my desire to enter private practice as an estate planning attorney, later expanding to elder law. My experience as an educator leads directly to my appreciation of the importance of helping clients learn and understand their own estate matters—their needs, their options, and their best interests. My experience working in long term care aids me in understanding the complex nature of navigating the areas of public benefits for seniors and those with disabilities. My experience in management and publications showcases an attention to detail and research, necessary for creating the best individual plans for each client under the law. But mostly, my experience in working through these areas in my own family enforce in me the essential nature of building trusted relationships with clients to assist them in these areas of life and living, and of death.
My passion is in helping make this process easier on individuals and families, having been there myself. More so, my goal is in making sure each plan is designed specifically for each client. This isn’t a one-size-fit-all area of law. I understand too well the pitfalls of using forms and fill-in-the-blank materials for an estate plan. I understand the worry of providing for a family member financially in the midst of medical crisis, nearing end of life. And I understand the importance of staying educated in this area of the law. I want to help you create the best estate plan that meets your needs and help you sort through the complicated areas of providing for family members who are elderly or disabled. Working together, I want to help you find the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve planned well.
Jana R. McCreary has been an attorney for over sixteen years, a career move she made after working for over a decade with adults and children with intellectual disabilities and mental illness.
Graduating summa cum laude with her Juris Doctor in 2002, Jana spent three years as an attorney with the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas while also earning her Masters of Laws from SMU Dedman School of Law. After leaving the court, Jana transitioned to academia and taught law for eight years, in Texas, Tennessee, and then Florida.
Now fully claiming Florida as her home, and sparked with a passion for providing personalized estate planning services for clients, Jana became licensed to practice law in Florida in 2014 in order to open McCreary Law Office, P.A.
Bringing a personal and dedicated approach to estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning, McCreary Law Office, P.A. builds trusted relationships with clients to provide guidance and advice in all aspects of estate planning, special needs planning, and long term care planning, working together with clients to strive to create individualized, focused plans that provide peace of mind, protection of assets, and assurance for loved ones.
- Jacksonville Bar Association
- Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida
- Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys
- Elder Counsel
- Wealth Counsel
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Women in Insurance and Financial Services, Northeast Florida (Board Member, 2016 – Present)
- Women Business Owners of North Florida
- State Bar of Florida
- State Bar of Texas
Admitted to Practice
- Supreme Court of Florida
- Supreme Court of Texas
- Supreme Court of the United States
- LL.M., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
- J.D., Texas Wesleyan/now Texas A&M University School of Law
- B.S., Psychology, Texas A&M University