About our law firm
Four guiding principles:
"Eagerly standing by!"
“Eagerly standing by!” – that’s our support mantra.
We’re eager to answer questions and talk through your concerns – at any point in the process – by whichever mechanism you prefer (phone, text, video, or email).
We’re standing by, but we don’t require that you connect with us. Plenty of people don’t want to talk to lawyers, so we designed a process that lets you work on your own (but with peace of mind that actual attorneys are reviewing your answers and building your documents).
Support is built into our flat-rate pricing. We take as long as needed to fully answer your questions – with no billable timer (and no unexpected bill later).
Continuously improve understandability
Generally speaking, lawyers write documents to be understood by other lawyers. Every profession does this, using a special vocabulary to quickly convey information to colleagues. Sadly, most Wills are still drafted this way: 18th century phrasing paired with extraneous legalese.
Please understand, legalistic phrasing doesn’t make a document *more* legal.
It takes extra time and effort to precisely use plain language instead of resorting to legalisms – but we know it’s worth it. We think you should be able to read and understand these very important documents – because you know what’s even better than lawyers eagerly standing by…? Being able to read and understand the documents they created for you. 😎
(Also, to be clear, we’ll still be eagerly standing by…)
Use technology to increase convenience and affordability
We carefully weave technology into the fabric of our law firm – always watching for software that can help us save time and reduce errors.
For example, we spent weeks creating an online interview that gathers the info we need to create your documents. It’s a conversational interview (so it feels like you’re talking to us instead of to a machine) and it uses adaptive logic to skip questions that don’t apply to you (so it’s as short as possible). It’s available 24-7, so you don’t have to schedule a time during business hours.
Having you input things like the spelling of your children’s names eliminates errors and saves us so much time – and we use that recaptured time to make our services more affordable.
Real lawyers = real peace of mind
It sounds silly to write this, but we’re real lawyers!
We mention this because most (perhaps all?) of the will-making services you find on Google are computer programs masquerading as lawyers. Sure, they hired lawyers to write their templates – but those lawyers aren’t providing legal services to you.
To be certain your estate plan (1) is legally valid and (2) perfectly matches your circumstances/wishes, you need to hire an actual person who is a licensed attorney. It’s that simple.
So yep, we’re actual lawyers – and real people. Sometimes we sing during podcasts (Notesong) and often we sprinkle emojis in emails and website copy (N🥸than).
Three decades of friendship:
Fargo • circa 1991
Notesong and Nathan met in junior high in Jamestown, North Dakota – a friendship forged in orchestra concerts and speech meets – much laughter in hallways and early-90s nerdiness.
They both started law school in 2001, bonding over the exciting concepts they were learning, the intense 1L reading requirements, and Legally Blonde (released that summer).
Years later, Nathan asked Notesong to help create a law firm that would emulate the automation of LegalZoom but pair it with actual attorneys to create custom, lawyer-drafted Wills at an affordable price point. Thankfully, Notesong said yes!
This friendship is our firm’s foundation – and with each passing year, both grow stronger.
Notesong Srisopark Thompson
Licensed in Wisconsin
Admitted to the bar, summer 2004
University of Wisconsin Law School
- JD, received 2004
- Bruce F. Beilfuss Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Law School
- BSN, received 1998
- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Notesong’s lifelong commitment to caring for children and their families
Caring for so many ill and injured children led Nurse Notesong to law school – she wanted to advocate for children from multiple avenues beyond the hospital bedside. And when the law school didn’t offer much by way of child-focused programming, Notesong and two friends founded the Children’s Justice Project to better promote the interests of children through interdisciplinary teaching, bringing in speakers, and establishing a summer fellowship (happily, CJP is still going strong today).
Notesong started her own firm after law school, specializing in juvenile defense and guardian ad litum (representing a child’s best interest) proceedings. She closed her firm to become Director and Adjunct Professor of Milwaukee Street Law at Marquette University Law School (Street Law teaches underprivileged high school students about the legal system and their rights). And this whole time (before, during, and after law school), Notesong was a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the Emergency Department/Trauma Center – a career she absolutely loved.
In 2013, Notesong and her family relocated to Madison where she pours her heart, sweat, and tears into raising three spunky kids and their two fluffy sheepdogs, Elroy and Kendall. She was a panelist on the nationally syndicated television show, “MomsEveryday” and is a regular guest on the local broadcast of the show. Whenever possible she volunteers for her kids’ school and expands her advocacy work as a volunteer nurse educator for the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF). In 2015, Notesong fulfilled her pipe dream of becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor with support from the WWHF. She used that expertise and passion to spearhead a text-based breastfeeding support program for new mothers throughout Wisconsin.
Having dealt with the yuck of creating her own estate plan, Notesong ensures the Thoughtful Will experience respects and addresses the anxieties of parents and non-parents alike, helping make the process as pleasant as possible, and she infuses TLC into every aspect of our brand of approachable lawyering. Attention to detail is crucial in both nursing and law – Notesong doesn’t miss a beat.
A few facts about Notesong
Lives in Madison with her husband, Jason, and their three kids (Jason, Beanie & JuJu)
Cherishes late-night ‘me time’ – watching TV while folding laundry (loves the nightlife, she loves to boogie)
Boogies to 70s disco, ABBA, and Peggy Lee (Peggy’s from our hometown!)
Adores cheese and charcuterie and is a Foodie with a capital “F”
Jamestown High School, Class of ’93
Nathan Jay Kavlie
Licensed in Minnesota
Admitted to the bar, fall 2004
University of Michigan Law School
- JD, received 2004
- Irving Stenn, Jr. Award for Leadership
- BA, received 1996
- Phi beta Kappa
Nathan’s lifelong obsession with making the complex understandable
In high school, Nathan knew his science fair presentation was ready when he could explain the enzyme pathways to his grandmother. That ability to translate concepts was rewarded when he won awards at the international science fair, three years in a row.
Many years later after repeated nagging by his Uncle David, Nathan turned his attention to wills and discovered this whole new area of law that desperately needed translation for normal people. He took a year to learn and study wills & trusts law – rewriting the standard “legalese” will into something elegant and understandable. The Thoughtful Will is one of his proudest accomplishments to date (it’s a three-way tie with his marriage and rehabilitating two rescued terriers).
A few facts about Nathan
Lives in Minneapolis with his husband, Cory, and their rescue terriers (Maggie & Alice)
Watches (and often rewatches) Top Chef and British mysteries
Enthusiastic (but chaotic) gardener, encourages ‘weeds’ to turn into something cool (they often do)