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Settlement Planner Spotlight: Philip Cripps

Settlement Planner Spotlight: Philip Cripps

Sep 28, 2017

Primary Office Location: Lafayette, LA

What line of work were you in before you became a settlement planner?

Prior to becoming a settlement planner, I worked in the oil and gas industry as a petroleum land man and title curator. I thoroughly enjoyed the job, as it allowed me to travel, meet new people and negotiate deals. Many of the skills I learned working in the oil business served as a proper foundation for my career as a settlement planner.

What do you enjoy most about being a settlement planner?

What I enjoy most about being a settlement planner is staying active and engaged in the settlement process while helping people. This is not a job where you go to the office, complete daily tasks and go home. It is multifaceted in that you have to build relationships with attorneys and their clients, nurture existing relationships, and act as a friend, a mentor, an advisor and a facilitator. You also have to be driven, self-motivated and dependable. But most importantly, you have the earnest duty to assist people who have experienced abject tragedy. It’s extremely gratifying to help people make informed decisions that will have a positive and lasting impact on their lives.

Share one of your favorite client stories

One day I called on an attorney, who told me about a case that he was desperate to settle. It was a complicated case wherein his client suffered severe work-related injuries which resulted in paralysis. To make matters worse, a flood forced the claimant to relocate to a different state months after the accident. After being away from home and family for over twelve years with no settlement in sight, the claimant began to lose hope.

After months of working closely with the attorneys and the client, I helped devise a plan that addressed everyone’s concerns. The case settled, the client’s much-needed benefits were preserved, and we are currently in the process of moving the individual back home.

Even though the case settled, I still frequently speak with the client. The joy and gratitude expressed to me have been humbling, to say the least. Not only did I have the pleasure of meeting this amazing individual, but I also formed friendships with some great people in the process.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

When I’m not working, I spend the majority of my time at home with friends and family. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and traveling to new places.

What three traits define you?

Dependable: If I tell someone I am going to do something, I do it.

Devoted: The devotion and dedication I show my family and friends carries over to my work relationships and business dealings. I strive to give all those I meet the same respect I want my family to be treated with.

Passionate: Anyone who knows me knows that I am a passionate, hard-working person. If I believe in something, I will work relentlessly until I’ve achieved the desired outcome.

What is your personal motto?

Don’t ever take normalcy for granted.” Meeting with so many families who have been affected by sudden, tragic events makes you realize just how fragile life is and how fast it can change. Waking up, going to work and then coming home to your family is just a “normal” day for so many, but for some, it’s a painful memory. Appreciate every mundane, average, or boring day you have, because typically, that means everything is ok.

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