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Meet Sam McGovern of McGovern Law Group

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam McGovern. 

Hi Sam, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a San Diego native and grew up here in East County. After high school, I went to college in Virginia, where I met my wife. We graduated and ended up moving back to my wife’s hometown in West Virginia. I soon got hired on as a police officer there in Martinsburg, WV. 

Serving as a police officer was one of the greatest challenges and privileges of my lifetime. For me, the most fascinating part was getting to interact with people from every walk of live imaginable. I learned a ton about people, conflict, and problem-solving. However, one thing I couldn’t do as a police officer was satisfy my lifelong dream of being an entrepreneur. 

After five years in law enforcement, I received the opportunity to go to law school. I saw it as my opportunity to build on my experience and start my own business as a lawyer. As quickly as we could, my wife and I sold our house, quit our jobs, and started driving back home to San Diego. 

My law enforcement experience helped me to do well in law school. I graduated early in two years and gained experience working in criminal law, civil law, and the court system. I was fortunate to be able to take and pass the bar exam on my first attempt, but what I didn’t anticipate was that gave me my license to practice law right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Unwilling to let anything stand in the way of my dreams—including a pandemic—I opened my law practice in May of 2020. I had to be both careful and creative in figuring out how to make it all work under unprecedented circumstances. Those challenging times helped me to develop my estate planning practice, where I could use the law to help my friends, family, and neighbors protect their families and legacies. 

Today, my business, the McGovern Law Group, has offices in La Mesa and Alpine. I work hands-on with clients to help their families avoid conflict, and I love what I do. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting my law practice has been very challenging, but great challenges bring great rewards. There’s all sorts of struggles that come with starting a business, like paying the bills and finding customers, but I think the biggest challenge is figuring out how to design a business so that it gives you the life you want to live. 

For me, I realized that the traditional role of being a lawyer fighting with someone in a courtroom all the time wasn’t the life I wanted. Focusing my work down to just estate planning was a scary move, but it allows me to spend my time delivering positive results rather than being buried in conflict. I’m so happy to have found the path I’m on now. 

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?
The McGovern Law Group’s focus is estate planning. Estate planning is the process of helping people ensure that they will leave behind the legacy they want after they pass away. What many people don’t realize is that when we die, our property doesn’t just automatically go to our loved ones. Usually, if someone dies with significant assets like a house, the court has to step in and determine who gets the property through a lengthy process called probate. 

In addition to using living trusts to keep property out of probate court, we can help parents ensure that their children would be well taken care of if the parents were to tragically pass away before their kids become adults. We also help clients put a plan in place so that their loved ones would be able to take care of them if they lost their capacity to manage their own affairs due to an accident or illness. 

My goal is to give clients peace of mind and help them live a life of purpose, knowing precisely what their legacy will look like. 

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
One book that has been very helpful to me in life and business is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. My biggest takeaway is that we are all striving for importance. If we understand that every person is going through life looking for how they can do something that matters, it helps us navigate conflicts, relationships, and the interactions we have each day with those around us. 

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