Angela Blain of Advance Law is the epitome of a determined woman.
After thinking law might be a good profession for her daughter to pursue, she decided she’d do it herself. As a busy mother, she studied part time for 10 years before attaining her Law Degree and another five years to gain her Masters.
“It was slow and steady wins the race,” she laughed. “Family came first but I was determined not to let it go, so I just kept going.”
Her determination paid off as she has now been successfully running her own practice for five years following a few years being the first female partner in another local firm.
She established Advance Law because she saw the need for more affordable and accessible legal services in the region. She offers expertise in a range of legal services including conveyancing, wills and estates, litigation, debt recovery, family law as well as traffic matters and license applications.
“What I like best is the people I meet and the satisfaction of being able to help them,” said Angela, who is also involved with the Rotary Club of Cairns West.
Angela takes inspiration from Dame Roma Mitchell, Australia’s first female Supreme Court Judge, and from all four of her grandparents who immigrated to Australia from Sicily in the 1930s.
“Their courage and determination to carve out a new and much better life in a foreign country, half a world away from their native home, is highly inspirational to me,” she said.
While Angela’s daughter Alicia didn’t study for a lawyer’s degree, she did go into the industry and is now an experienced paralegal with seven years experience and works alongside her mum. She’s also a conveyancing expert and the practice’s receptionist.
“I think my years of studying scared her off formal law studies,” Angela joked.
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Photo By Catherine Coombs
Words By Janie Barton