Julia O’Brien began her career working as a social worker in the District of Columbia court system. She attended Georgetown Law School while working and went on to become an estates and trusts lawyer at the firm of Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP in Bethesda, Maryland, where she has practiced since 1985. O’Brien assists individuals with the legal documents and planning for incapacity and death and also represents executors and trustees who are administering assets after someone’s death. She enjoys helping families work through emotionally-charged issues and topics which are important to them but often challenging to discuss and plan for. O’Brien serves on the executive board of the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and is president of the board of Foundations for Home and Community, a nonprofit which provides foster care services in Maryland. She lives in Washington, D.C.