Cherish De la Cruz
Cherish De la Cruz is a 1998 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Sociology from the University of Western, Ontario. Cherish earned her law degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, where among her other achievements and leadership roles, she was a member of the Journal of Corporation Law. She is licensed to practice law in both Florida (2004) and Georgia (2006).
Cherish began her legal career in the office of the Public Defender, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to try numerous bench and jury trials on behalf of her clients. These formative years in the courtroom shaped her ability to proactively navigate the probate system and prevent escalation of routine estate matters.
After relocating to Atlanta in 2006, Cherish served as Senior Counsel and Deputy Anti-Money Laundering Officer for Primerica, a publicly-traded investment and insurance company. Because of these seven years as in-house counsel for Primerica, Cherish has expertise supporting both small business and individuals with a variety of investment assets as she works collaboratively with financial advisors.
Cherish established De la Cruz Law, LLC in 2013 to help multigenerational families plan their futures. As a mother of three young children and as the daughter of aging baby boomer parents, she is both personally and professionally fluent in the complexities that arise in ensuring that family members can thrive throughout the aging process.
Community service has always been important to the De la Cruz family. Cherish currently serves as the President-Elect of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, as Board Member for the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation, an Advisory Board Member for the Philippine American Center of Georgia and Philippine Chamber of Commerce. The Georgia Asian Times in 2017, named Cherish as one of the Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia. Cherish is also a graduate of the Gwinnett Glace Program an affiliate of Leadership Gwinnett.
In addition, she is a member at Large of the Elder Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Gwinnett County Bar Association, Alpha Omicron Pi Atlanta Alumnae Chapter, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Wealth Counsel a National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys.
Keisha Benjamin-Powell is a 1997 graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Political Science. After completing her undergraduate career she worked with the Georgia Department of Labor before deciding to further her education. She subsequently attended Georgia State University College of Law and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, where she earned both her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Administration in 2003.
In 2004, Keisha was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General where she represented the Georgia Department of Human Services until 2016. A seasoned litigator and counselor, Keisha has tried hundreds of cases representing the interests of the State of Georgia. These cases have included include Child Welfare Proceedings, Adult Protective Services cases, as well as representing the Office of Inspector General in Fraud and Benefit Recovery cases.
Keisha partnered with De la Cruz Law in 2016, because as a mother of three who has witnessed first-hand the challenges that families face navigating the legal system without a will or estate plan she is determined to help clients approach these issues before a crisis occurs. Keisha has extensive experience as an Agency attorney and is committed to using this experience to better serve and to assist clients with navigating these waters. As an agency attorney Keisha has practiced before the Juvenile Courts, the Probate Court, Superior Court, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings and will use her trial experience to represent individuals and their loved ones as they navigate the Medicaid process. This expertise and work with government agencies is an invaluable asset to clients who need a skilled and competent advocate.
Keisha has always been committed to serving families and intends to use her experience to serve families who must interact with large government agencies especially in times of crisis.
Keisha is committed to serving her community. In addition to routinely handling pro bono cases in her spare time, she is a founding member of the Gwinnett County Minority Bar Association. She is also a member of National Association of Counsel for Children and Georgia Association of Counsel for Children. A fluent Spanish speaker, she is committed to helping lay persons navigate the legal system.
Neeli G. Shah
Neeli G. Shah has been practicing law in Georgia since 2010 and is dedicated to helping individuals and families prepare for the many changes that life brings. She also works with small businesses and non-profits to ensure that your business not only survives but thrives across generations.
Neeli's areas of concentration include:
· Estate Planning
· Special Needs Planning
· Probate, Estate Administration
· Trust Administration
· Tax Planning
· Business Formation and Business Succession Planning
· Charitable Gift Planning and Charitable Organizations
She specializes in addressing the unique needs of non-profits, small businesses, and traditional, blended and non-traditional families as well as same-sex couples.
After her own personal experience of losing a close family member to cancer and facing the emotional and legal difficulties of her family member’s disability and eventual death, Ms. De la Cruz decided to leave corporate practice and focus on helping others through Estate Planning and Elder Law. As a mother of three young children and daughter of baby boomer parents, she understands the complexities and challenges of helping multigenerational families, like her own, prepare for life’s uncertainties while preserving a legacy for future generations.
With over 15 years of varied legal experience, we offer our clients an efficient, team approach to deliver personalized and exceptional legal representation.
Integrity and principle are the cornerstones of our firm’s philosophy. Our firm has a strong commitment to, not only helping our clients, but our community.
We work hard to provide our clients with results-driven legal services and will work diligently to exceed their expectations.