The idea of becoming an attorney came to her as a child. “I just saw the legal profession as being a noble profession that offered opportunities to do meaningful work that’s intellectually rigorous,” she said.
Estate planning came later. Dahl enjoys the close, personal contact with family members and business owners the discipline offers, although that can come with some difficult personalities. “It’s not the type of work where something has gone horribly wrong,” she said. “People are taking steps to prevent that from happening.”
Dahl feels the work is important because it can come at a difficult time for business owners as they plan for a future that will not include them. One estate she worked on was worth more than $50 million. “You’re helping someone prepare their affairs most of the time so they can take care of others they leave behind,” she said. “That’s critical.”
A volunteer to many organizations, Dahl offers legal advice to first responders through the Minnesota chapter of Will for Heroes Foundation and helps at the Minneapolis-based Jeremiah Foundation, which assists single mothers in housing, education and employment.
Married and the mother of a young son, Dahl still finds time to bike, kayak and scuba dive. “I love being outdoors and have some time to read a good book,” she said.
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