Moffitt joins Weidman law firm
After spending 16 years away from Sussex County, working in corporate law, Lewes native Jay Moffitt Esq. has returned, joining the Law Office of Susan Pittard Weidman.
Moffit graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1992 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Delaware in 1997. Upon graduation, he matriculated to Duke University School of Law, from which he graduated in 2001.
“When I graduated from the University of Delaware, I thought it sounded like an interesting field,” he said. “It’s academically challenging, in a way, to be a lawyer.”
During law school, Moffitt clerked at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in Delaware, as well at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP in New York. Upon graduation, he went to work for Simpson Thatcher, focusing on corporate transactional work and corporate litigation.
“I kept in touch with some of the partners I met at Morris, Nichols after that summer. When I decided I wanted to come back to Delaware, I reached out to them, was interviewed, and I got the job,” said Moffitt, who worked in Wilmington from 2005 to January 2017.
During his time at Morris, Nichols, Moffitt focused on corporate and commercial litigation, and he was made partner in 2011.
Looking for more balance in life, Moffitt decided to make the move to Sussex County.
“My job in Wilmington was very demanding and a bit unpredictable. I’m married and have a 2-year-old son, so I was looking to have more time to spend with them. I was also interested in trying new areas of the law. Here, I’m doing real estate and estate planning. I had done corporate law for so long, I wanted to do something different.
“We wanted to raise our son down here. It’s a slower-paced, more rural setting. I have family down here still, so it was nicer to be back closer to them. “
As the second attorney currently on staff, Moffitt said he’s happy to have joined the Weidman team.
“There has been a lot to learn since I’ve been here. Susan Weidman, who owns the firm, has been a great teacher. I’m trying to learn both areas as quickly as I can. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but I’m learning a lot and getting up to speed.”
Moving back to Sussex County has been a “huge change,” but Moffitt said he’s excited to work in different areas of the law.
“Down here, those are two very busy areas of practice… With retirees coming down here, there are a lot of people with estate-planning needs. So, when they move down here, we’re able to help them with establishing wills, trusts and powers of attorney.
“With real estate clients, you’re helping them meet their new goal of buying a new home or buying a second home. With estate planning, it’s the same thing — you’re helping people protect their wealth and find the most efficient way to pass along what they’ve worked hard to accumulate to their children and the rest of their family. It’s rewarding to help people with those things.”
Along with working in real estate, Moffitt will also assist in estate planning.
“It never hurts to start when you’re young. A tragedy could strike at any time, and you want to make sure your assets are passed on to your family in the manner that you desire. That need is always there, no matter how old you are,” he said.
“As the population of Sussex County trends older,” he added, “there are more and more people who need their estate planning done. When they move here, if they’ve had estate planning done in their native states, such as Maryland or Pennsylvania, it is a smart move to have their estate planning documents redone. That’s where we come in and help them out, once they’ve settled here.”
Moffitt will also help with advance healthcare directives and durable powers of attorney.
“That document is helpful because, if you’re incapacitated, you can have someone you trust to make financial and legal decisions for you. Again, that can happen to you at any stage of your life, so it’s important to have someone you trust designated to assist you.
“We also draft advance healthcare directives. That document is helpful because it allows you to let doctors and loved ones know your preferences for what kind of medical attention you will receive if you’re incapacitated.”
Although it is a different pace than that of Wilmington and New York, Moffitt said he is happy to have returned home to friends and family, and start this new chapter of his life.
“It’s great to be home; to come back and establish roots where I grew up. I’m looking to raise my family here and be closer to my family and friends,” said Moffitt. “I’m excited to be here at Susan Weidman’s office.
“When I was looking to make the change, I knew she had a strong practice in real estate and estate planning. We met and hit it off, and I thought it was a great opportunity for me to make the transition down to Sussex County and join her firm.”
To contact Moffit, visit spwdelaw.com or call (302) 539-1388. The Law Office of Susan Pittard Weidman has three locations, in Millville, Millsboro and Rehoboth Beach.