E. Jane Smart Hansch is an Estate Planning Attorney with Rabalais Law, a multi-state estate planning law firm. Jane Smart Hansch is passionate about estate planning because she always had a close relationship with her grandparents. In fact, Jane is named for both of her grandmothers, with whom she always had a special bond. Jane is pleased to be serving the people of Virginia with the education and experiences she has been blessed to receive around the world.
In all that she does, Jane Smart Hansch is intuitively able to connect well with clients, and meets them in difficult legal situations with compassion and understanding. Jane understands the true meaning of personalized service, and works to communicate and create plans of action that are appropriate and tailored to each client’s estate planning needs.
E. Jane Smart Hansch is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina, and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her first year at Carolina Law, Jane received the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy. While at Carolina, she also worked on the staff of the Graduate Student Attorney General, and was a member of Carolina Women in Law and the Christian Legal Society.
Jane Smart Hansch graduated suma cum laude with Honors from Salem College with her B.A. degrees in International Relations and Spanish. She received the President’s Prize for International Relations along with Departmental Honors in Spanish. Jane was also the first student in the history of Salem College to receive the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for showing remarkable character and integrity, and by demonstrating a commitment to serving others.
Shaped by a passion for experiential learning, Jane Smart Hansch was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to La Plata, Argentina in 2006 and later spent a year working as a Christian campus minister in Beirut, Lebanon. Drawing from her unique education and experiences, Jane’s approach in working with each client is to create the best possible estate settlement plan for each client's needs.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||2015||03/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Completion: Over 100 Hours of Pro Bono Work||University of North Carolina School of Law||2012|
|Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy||University of North Carolina School of Law||2010|
|Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award||Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation||2005|
|President's Prize for International Relations||Salem College||2005|
|Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar||Rotary International||2004|
|Adjunct Professor||University of Mount Olive||2013 - 2015|
|Owner & Attorney at Law||The Smart Law Firm||2012 - 2015|
|3rd Year Certified Practitioner; Civil Clinic||University Of North Carolina School Of Law||2011 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||The Law Office of Frederic W. Whitehurst||2011 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Graham, Nuckolls, & Conner, PLLC||2011 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||The Honorable James J. Brown||2010 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||Legal Aid Of North Carolina, Inc.||2010 - 2010|
|Latino Housing Clinic Interpreter||Southern Coalition for Social Justice||2009 - 2010|
|Innocence Project Volunteer||North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence||2009 - 2009|
|Staff Intern||Campus Crusade for Christ||2007 - 2009|
|Deputy Clerk of Court||Pitt County Clerk of Court||2007 - 2007|
|English as a Second Language Teacher||Pitt County Schools||2005 - 2006|
|Intern||Association for Diplomatic Studies & Training||2004 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Virginia Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Virginia Women Attorneys Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Christian Legal Society||Member||2009 - Present|
|Special Legal Report||"Estate Planning in Virginia"||2016|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Salem College||International Relations & Spanish||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|