Today we’d like to introduce you to Deveney Wells-Gibson.
Hi Deveney, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
The majority of my life, I was raised by a single mother, who worked three jobs to try and support us. She went through a divorce that seemingly left her high and dry, for her to pick up the pieces all on her own. Although she did everything, she absolutely could to give me a great life, I just did not find it fair that she was struggling to provide while the other parent enjoyed their life, free from the stress of it all when that was parent should have been just as responsible for my upbringing and care. I felt as though my best interests (as a minor child at that time) should have been better considered and fought for, so relieve my mother from the financial stress she underwent. So, my goal at that time was to go into the legal field with a focus on fighting for the minor children. That meant I could practice family law and eventually become minor’s counsel, or I could practice juvenile law, specifically dependency. I ultimately decided family law.
I made my way through law school at California Western School of Law, in downtown San Diego. I began in 2017 and graduated during the pandemic in 2020. I was scheduled to take the July 2020 bar, but given the circumstances, I was one of the first bar applicants to take an October, remote bar. So, I took the one and only, October 2020 bar, received my passing results in January 2021, and was immediately sworn in as an attorney.
During my time at California Western, all of my internships, except for one, were in family law. I knew that’s what I wanted to practice and that’s where I spent most of my focus. I was at another well-known family law firm once I was sworn in as an attorney in January 2021, but ultimately decided I wanted to have my own practice.
I began my own firm, Wells-Gibson Family Law, in March 2021 and it has been thriving since. I am helping families from all walks of life! Everything from divorce, to custody issues, support issues, property division, domestic violence restraining orders, etc. We do it all!
From interning to opening my own practice, something that has been pretty discouraging for me has been the divorces. Speaking with clients on WHY they’re divorce and listening to the hurt and the emotions that’s weighing on them. Crying with my clients because they’re truly heartbroken has been a heartwarming experience, but it has also sparked a passion inside of me to try to make a difference in SAVING marriages. Such an oxymoron, huh? A divorce attorney trying to save marriages.
Here’s the thing – I will talk about a prenuptial agreement until I’m blue in the face. There are so many benefits a prenuptial agreement that people don’t realize, and they end up missing out on ways to set their marriages and partnerships up for success. I also think premarital counseling should be MANDATORY prior to getting married, so there’s a higher rate of success for marriages. 50% of marriages ending in divorce is sickening. Yes, it pays my bills as a divorce attorney, but I would much rather find a way to solve issues while the partners are in love with each other. <3
So, I’ve began ThePrenupQueen (it is pending its trademark at this moment). I want to be known as The Prenup Queen. I want to educate the entire US about the benefits prenups truly offer, so we can save marriages OR at the very least, save heartache. I have been working tirelessly to get this passion of mine up and running and it has brought my so much joy presenting on the topic and having discussions about it.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. Owning a business is full of up and downs, but we have to celebrate it all, right? When I first started out, I was doing everything on my own – marketing, the legal work, the accounting, etc. I was working ON the business and IN the business. It soon began to become very overwhelming. There was a period of time where I was in court almost every single day for a two-week frame, and I was concerned about missing some deadlines but also staying on top of keeping potential clients interested to hire me. I stopped working out because I was constantly working, my sleep was suffering because I was not getting adequate sleep, and my nutrition took a turn for the worse. I was no longer prioritizing my health and it ultimately began to show in my work product. So, I ended up having to hire another associate! It was absolutely scary to think about hiring an associate. Thinking about someone having to rely on a paycheck from me?! Was I truly in a place to even be able to handle such responsibility? Then the management part of it – having to know lead was absolutely a wild thought for me at that time. But I needed to do it for myself, my firm, and my clients who I wanted to serve well. It was definitely a process, but I hired an associate who has been an absolute blessing and a huge help to the firm. She’s extremely hard working and works tirelessly because she’s also dedicated to serving families during such a difficult process.
Aside from that, it’s always a struggle to maintain consistency when starting out. So, there have been struggles with figuring out the best marketing plan for our firm to bring in the clients that would truly enjoy working with us and vice versa. It’s hard to turn down potential clients as a new firm, but it would be a disservice to take on a case knowing it would not be a good fit, personality-wise. Everyone should feel comfortable with the attorney of their choosing, given the nature of these complex and emotional cases. We work hand in hand with our clients every step of the way, and we want to make it as enjoyable as we can.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We focus primarily in family law. That means divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), property division, domestic violence restraining orders, enforcement of court orders, legal separations, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements. Now, we also do cohabitation agreements, although they are not governed by the family code. They’re very similar to prenups and postnups, but because the partners are not married nor are they domestic partnerships, it just doesn’t fit under the family code. We also do name changes and gender changes.
What sets Wells-Gibson Family Law apart from all the other firms is our team’s personality, empathy, and grit to get our clients what they deserve. I’ve been told from other professionals to dial it down a little bit, but I am who I am. I’m bubbly and fun. I’ll cry with my clients. I’ll dance with my clients. I’ll hug my clients. I truly care about my clients. I will also, have very frank and candid discussions with my clients on what to expect and what they are legally entitled to. I will tell a client if I think they’re being unreasonable. I don’t get clients’ hopes up and I give them clear expectations. Also, what I think a lot of firms are missing is providing clients resources for after a divorce. Many of our clients were the stay-at-home moms, not the breadwinner, and the person not in charge of finances. Now they’re about to live a completely different life. I put them in touch with financial planners to help them get back on their feet financially and to plan for their future. I put them in touch with other professionals that they may need, so they can stay afloat and eventually thrive. We don’t just leave our clients high and dry after a divorce, we want to make sure they’re taken care of from a holistic view, once their divorce is finalized.
I am most known for AND most proud of The Prenup Queen. I am passionate about that topic because it’s such an underrated documents that serves to provide NECESSARY benefits for a successful marriage and partnership. It could be needed to properly get a will, trust, or estate planning document. It fosters and encourages important discussions that needed to be made prior to marriage that most people just do not talk about. It creates accountability for both partners. It protects children from previous relationships. It protects each other and family members when one partner passes. And IF a divorce occurs, it makes divorce less messy and will help take the emotions out of it. Most importantly, it keeps the government out of the marriages and empower the couple to dictate whose property is whose.
If there are potential clients out there that are looking for a personable attorney during a time that’s emotionally charged, Wells-Gibson Family Law, APC is the place. We take care of our clients and do everything we can to help them, even after their divorce.
If there are potential couples contemplating marriage and they want to ensure that they’re doing everything they can to set their marriage up for success, they likely want a prenuptial agreement. We are skilled in prenuptial agreements, as it is our focus and my passion. If spouses are already married, they can still protect their marriage OR get their marriage back on track with a postnuptial agreement. If there’s a couple who live together but don’t plan on getting married, they can set up their partnership for success by getting a cohabitation agreement in place.
What do you think about happiness?
Life. Each and every day we are truly blessed for being able to wake up. The thought of the life I truly desire makes me happy. I wake up striving to fight for that life I so desperately want. There’s the quote “work to live, don’t live to work” and that’s what I’m hoping for one day. I’ll be there soon. I’ll make sure my employees are there too. We all deserve to have a beautiful life and if I can help people get there, I will. 🙂
- Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements: $1,250
- Cohabitation Agreements: $1,250
- Retainer for Representation: $3,500
- Consultations at Wells-Gibson Family Law: 30mins $180; 60mins $300
- Consultations at Prenup Queen: 30mins $0
- Website: www.wellsgibsonfamilylaw.com ; www.theprenupqueen.com
- Instagram: @wellsgibsonfamilylaw ; @theprenupqueen