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The De la Cruz Law Firm Team

Cherish De la Cruz

Cherish De la Cruz

Esq., Partner

Cherish De la Cruz loves getting to know her clients and learning about their families, their businesses, and their lives. She designed her practice to include both family and small business law because she understands how much overlap there is in these areas —especially for first- and second-generation American families.

Cherish was born and raised in the culturally diverse city of Toronto. Her parents had immigrated to Canada from the Philippines, and growing up, Cherish saw firsthand how difficult it was for them to establish themselves in their new country. She was frustrated by how her parents were treated and realized that they could have avoided much of the hardships they faced if they’d only had good information and proper legal structures in place. That’s what got her interested in becoming a lawyer and ultimately focusing her practice on helping other families.

After earning her law degree, Cherish began her career as Public Defender in Florida. These formative years shaped her ability to proactively navigate the probate system. It also taught her that she’d much rather help clients prevent problems and avoid the expense and stress of going to court over routine estate matters. In 2006, she moved to Atlanta and took the position of Senior Counsel and Anti-Money Laundering Officer for Primerica, a publicly traded investment and insurance company. During her seven years there, she gained an expertise in supporting both small businesses and individuals and working collaboratively with financial advisors for the benefit of her clients.

In 2010, Cherish’s Aunt Luzbella was diagnosed with a rare form of Appendix cancer. Since she had no children of her own, she asked Cherish to help her in handling her affairs. At that time, Cherish specialized in Securities and Compliance law. She knew her Tita Luzbella needed a will, but she didn’t understand the full value of having a comprehensive custom tailored estate plan. A friend referred her to a general practitioner who drew up a will in less than half an hour. Unfortunately, Tita Luzbella’s quick and inexpensive will ended up costing everyone quite a lot in both money and heartache. Because the document wasn’t well thought out, it didn’t include many important details. This left the door open for family conflicts; assets going to creditors when they shouldn’t have; and a lengthy, complicated, and expensive probate process. It was a horrible experience—especially coming on top of the loss of her beloved aunt—but it motivated Cherish to leave her job in corporate law and open De la Cruz Law, LLC.

Cherish was born and raised in the culturally diverse city of Toronto. Her parents had immigrated to Canada from the Philippines, and growing up, Cherish saw firsthand how difficult it was for them to establish themselves in their new country. She was frustrated by how her parents were treated and realized that they could have avoided much of the hardships they faced if they’d only had good information and proper legal structures in place. That’s what got her interested in becoming a lawyer and ultimately focusing her practice on helping other families.

After earning her law degree, Cherish began her career as Public Defender in Florida. These formative years shaped her ability to proactively navigate the probate system. It also taught her that she’d much rather help clients prevent problems and avoid the expense and stress of going to court over routine estate matters. In 2006, she moved to Atlanta and took the position of Senior Counsel and Anti-Money Laundering Officer for Primerica, a publicly traded investment and insurance company. During her seven years there, she gained an expertise in supporting both small businesses and individuals and working collaboratively with financial advisors for the benefit of her clients.

In 2010, Cherish’s Aunt Luzbella was diagnosed with a rare form of Appendix cancer. Since she had no children of her own, she asked Cherish to help her in handling her affairs. At that time, Cherish specialized in Securities and Compliance law. She knew her Tita Luzbella needed a will, but she didn’t understand the full value of having a comprehensive custom tailored estate plan. A friend referred her to a general practitioner who drew up a will in less than half an hour. Unfortunately, Tita Luzbella’s quick and inexpensive will ended up costing everyone quite a lot in both money and heartache. Because the document wasn’t well thought out, it didn’t include many important details. This left the door open for family conflicts; assets going to creditors when they shouldn’t have; and a lengthy, complicated, and expensive probate process. It was a horrible experience—especially coming on top of the loss of her beloved aunt—but it motivated Cherish to leave her job in corporate law and open De la Cruz Law, LLC.

Commitment to community

Cherish is committed to giving back to the community. She’s active in many professional and philanthropic organizations including:

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Education

BA Honors Sociology, University of Western Ontario
Law Degree, University of Iowa

Professional Memberships

Donna Paz Gallagher

Donna Paz Gallagher

Paralegal

Donna came to De la Cruz Law in July of 2020 with twenty plus years’ experience in Probate and Real Estate Law. Born in Chicago and raised by her grandparents, Donna developed a deep appreciation for seniors. Her ultimate goal is to help her clients prepare for the later stages of their lives, creating Estate Plans to reduce their stress and worry. Today, Donna is raising her own children in Gwinnett County. She plans to attend law school to earn her law degree with a concentration in Elder Law. If you would like to contact Donna, please feel free to email her at info@delacruz-law.com.

Education:

Associate Degree in Applied Science with a Paralegal Certificate, Northwestern College, IL, 2006
Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Law Office Administration, Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL, 2016

Education:

Associate Degree in Applied Science with a Paralegal Certificate, Northwestern College, IL, 2006
Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Law Office Administration, Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL, 2016

Alyssa Barrios

Alyssa Barrios

Legal Assistant

Alyssa is often the first person clients speak with when they contact De la Cruz Law. She joined the team in April of 2020 and is working toward her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Georgia State University. After graduation, she plans to attend law school to pursue a career as a criminal prosecutor. Eventually she hopes to open her own practice. Alyssa lives in Gwinnett County and is a loving wife and dog mom. If you wish to contact Alyssa, her email address is user@delacruz-law.com.

Education:

Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Georgia State University, 2021
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, 2017

Education:

Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Georgia State University, 2021
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, 2017

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