Teresa DeFord is an attorney with DeFord Law Firm in The Woodlands, Texas. Passionate about helping women protect themselves legally and financially, whether they are impacted by divorce or death, her goal is to help women navigate these storms of life to create a new “normal” for themselves and their families.

How did you get started in your business?
I practiced law for a long time representing corporations before I realized that I could make so much more of a difference. The death of a good friend got me interested in estate planning after watching what his wife went through in trying to sort things out.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
The biggest hurdle is something I am still dealing with: respecting myself enough to charge for what I do to allow me to effectively represent my clients.

How has this hurdle made you better?
Working on this hurdle has helped me help my clients to realize that they are worth spending money on in order to protect themselves and their families and that they deserve it.

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What does gratitude mean to you?
“Gratitude” means to me that I am happy and thankful for the present moment no matter what that moment or circumstance is. It is always looking for and hopefully seeing the positive in any situation.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate my kids for keeping me grounded. I appreciate my husband for being there even when I totally screw things up. I appreciate my parents for being so strong for their family, for their friends and neighbors and most of all for each other.

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