Zye Acuna: Showing Up to “Do the Right Thing”
Paralegal Zye Acuna discovered her passion for justice at a young age. Somewhere between eight years playing flute in the school band and two years on the drumline in her hometown of Chino Hills, Zye connected with an innate sense of fairness and a deep respect for doing the right thing. A career in the legal field seemed a natural fit for her.
With a degree in political science and a minor in criminology from University of California Irvine, Zye set out to explore the reality of a lawyer’s life before deciding whether to pursue a law degree. Her process led her to a role as the receptionist at Kevin J. Moore and Associates. She started out answering phones and getting a feel for the culture of a law office. Always looking to learn, Zye began asking the firm attorneys if they needed help. Before long, she was reading through estate plans and getting familiar with trusts.
As her interest and abilities grew, Zye learned to draft the basic supporting estate planning documents of a trust, such as durable powers of attorney, last wills, and grant deeds, for the lead lawyers to review. Her dedication resulted in a promotion to legal assistant and, eventually, her decision to pursue a paralegal career. While working full time, she completed her paralegal certification in 2014.
Since earning her certification, she’s fully stepped into a key role at Kevin J. Moore and Associates playing an integral role in the estate planning process for clients. Once Kevin completes the initial intake meeting, Zye diligently drafts documents with her laser-focused attention to detail. Kevin takes those carefully reviewed documents to future meetings to further fine-tune them according to a client’s needs. Zye is also a notary and is present at the final meeting to notarize the estate planning documents, thus fully implementing and completing the estate plan that Kevin has developed for the client.
In addition to being committed to the work, Zye is also devoted to her colleagues at Kevin J. Moore and Associates. She credits the mentorship of firm attorney Debby Doitch with helping her find the right path and supporting her journey from receptionist to paralegal. She also has great regard for Kevin, noting that he makes complicated and complex issues accessible to clients of all backgrounds to help protect their assets and heirs. Zye sees the firm as a family in which everyone really does care about one another and works together to protect their clients and do the right thing.