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Licensed In: Alaska, USA
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As the owner of Cruz Law, Blyss's estate planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their legacies for tomorrow. Blyss has lived in Alaska nearly all of her life and has spent the last fourteen years in Anchorage. During that time, she worked in special credits dealing with troubled loans and bank-owned properties at Northrim Bank while earning her MBA and raising two children with her husband. After leaving the banking industry, she went to work for nearly ten years at the Municipality of Anchorage as the manager of tax enforcement and delinquent court-ordered fine collection. During her time at the Municipality, she and her staff implemented two new tax programs: the Marijuana Retail Sales Tax and the Motor Fuel Excise Tax, which generate nearly $20 million in annual Municipal revenue.
But going to law school had always been her dream. So, when she discovered Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, the first – and only – law school in the United States to offer an American Bar Association-approved Juris Doctor program with equal portions of instruction online and on-campus, she decided to turn that dream into a reality. The hybrid program permitted Blyss to continue living and working in Anchorage while completing her law degree. While at Mitchell Hamline, Blyss and a classmate won the Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Competition, and she was an assistant editor of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review. She also became certified in Trauma-Informed Advocacy. Blyss graduated cum laude and became a member of the Alaska Bar in 2019.
After graduation, Blyss served as a judicial law clerk at the Anchorage Superior Court to the Honorable Kevin M. Saxby from 2019 - 2020, and to the Honorable Thomas A. Matthews from 2020 - 2021, prior to forming her own law practice. Blyss's background is well-suited for this practice area, as it is comprised of legal knowledge, as well as her twenty-four years of experience as a financial professional in banking and special credits, and a decade of public service in the Finance Department of the Municipality of Anchorage. She also understands the challenges involved with owning and operating a business, aside from her law practice, as she assists her husband with running a successful general contracting business in Anchorage. She incorporates this knowledge into her law practice and uses it to develop planning strategies for individuals and business owners, with a focus on family protection, wealth preservation, and values-based planning.
Cruz Law focuses on helping families and small business owners enhance their lives today and secure their legacies for tomorrow. Blyss Cruz, the owner of Cruz Law, believes that foundational estate planning is something that everyone should have in place, and that wealth includes so much more than money or other assets. These beliefs form the basis of Cruz Law, where Blyss uses her skills, education, and experience to help people plan for their lives and protect their legacies.
The foundation of Cruz Law is built on keeping your family out of court and out of conflict. Blyss builds relationships upon this foundation so that she can care for you and your family throughout all of life's stages. With that in mind, each estate plan she creates includes a three-year complimentary plan review to make sure that as your life changes, your plan stays current and provides you with maximum protection.
She also offers you the option of joining her Family Wealth VIP Membership Program, which is designed with maximum protection and service in mind, so it includes annual plan reviews and much more.
On the business side of things, Blyss provides ongoing strategic support so that you can focus on growing your business and building your legacy. Blyss can help you with business formation, business succession planning, policy drafting and review, strategic advising and planning, agreement drafting and review, intellectual property protection, developing financial certainty, and more. She also offers the option of joining a unique membership program to ensure that your legal, insurance, financial, and tax (LIFT) affairs are kept up-to-date on an ongoing basis, month after month.
So, no matter what stage of life you're in, or whether you're a business owner, married or single, have a traditional or blended family, or are just starting out or looking back over a lifetime of memories, Blyss understands the importance of crafting a plan that achieves your goals for your loved ones today and for years to come.