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April Prince On the FAST TRACK Entrepreneurs under40 Attorney April Prince: Center Lawyer ventures out on her own AT A GLANCE WHAT: Law Office of April Prince, PLLC WHO: Locally owned and operated by April Gregston Prince WHERE: 103 W. Austin St. Center, TX 75935 WHEN: Monday & Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PHONE: (936) 598-3100 FACEBOOK: @Law Office of April Prince, PLLC Shelby County resident April Prince has successfully opened her brand new law firm here in Center, Law Office of April Prince. “I started this journey as a file clerk in high school, working for Lynda K. Russell,” said April. “In college I worked as a legal assistant for a lawyer over in Nacogdoches. And I decided that maybe being a lawyer wasn’t such a bad thing,” she says. “I prayed on it a lot,” says April. “Because you know, to leave your job security, you’re risking all your current stability. It’s a huge move. I was worried about how it would affect me and my family - and my employer and his family.” With 12 years of practice behind her, April officially ventured out on her own on June 1. “I started this journey as a file clerk in high school, working STORY AND PHOTOS BY SHANNON JAMES for Lynda K. Russell,” says April. “In college I worked as a legal assistant for a lawyer over in Nacogdoches. And I decided that maybe being a lawyer wasn’t such a bad thing,” she says. April graduated Stephen F. Austin State University in August of 2004. The following day, she moved to Lubbock to begin law school at Texas Tech University. “I graduated on a Saturday, moved to Lubbock on Sunday and started law school that following Monday,” says April. “Which was really really fast. I just knew I wanted to get it done.” After working at law firm based in Tyler and Dallas, April says she had had enough and was ready to come back home. “It was a lot of driving, and I started to miss my family,” says April. “My parents and their parents are from here, my siblings. My whole family. It was just time to come home.” • ESTATE PLANNING • ELDER LAW ISSUES • PROBATE MATTERS • GUARDIANSHIPS • REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS • CREDITOR COLLECTIONS • CORPORATE FORMATION • FAMILY LAW MATTERS • GENERAL COUNSEL BUSINESS SERVICES • CONTRACT DRAFTING AND REVIEW Serving the community is like serving people she knows. “I’m just so thankful,” April says. “My clients are my friends and family. I either went to school with them or know their family. It’s nothing like being in a law firm in Dallas. These are my people.” She appreciates the support and finds it rewarding to be back home. “This community raised me,” she says. “And it’s so rewarding to be able to give back.” April says her first week of being open with her own law office was emotional from the mass amount of support from the community. “People were sending flowers and coming by to congratulate and say hi,” says April. “It’s great. Because in the bigger firms, it’s all about how much money you generate and how many hours you work.” Quality of life is important to her. “Here, I can have some quality of life, be with my family and give back to my community,” she says. “I found that balance here, and I can’t be happier.” The firm provides a variety of legal services, including estate and Medicaid planning, family law, guardianships, collections, real estate, small business formation and more. “I am thankful and happy to be here and ready to help my community,” April says. 36 Business MATTERS | 2020 Fall Edition