Women’s Network of Collier County

Established in 1988, we are a nonprofit organization empowering women via networking, education, seminars, and raising scholarship funds.


Join Us for Our Next Meeting

September 10 , 2019 | 11:30-1pm

Inn of Naples

September Speaker Presentation

Norell Albanis, Esq.
Albanis Law

(239) 314-2353 // norell@albanislaw.com  // albanislaw.com

Estate Planning for All People for Every Stage of Life

Allow me to introduce myself…. You already know I’m a lawyer, but what you might not know is that I’m also a mom of two active little boys. As a parent, I know how busy life can be! In trying to balance work, family responsibilities, and children’s school and extracurricular activities, we sometimes procrastinate on doing really important things, like making sure our spouses and children are protected in the event of our incapacity or death. I procrastinated on my own plan for these very reasons, and honestly, I kept putting it off because it was emotionally difficult to think about. But I can tell you with 100% certainty that putting it off only makes the worry worse, and putting a plan in place gives you an enormous amount of peace of mind. Whether you are having a minor surgery, taking a short trip, or going out for the evening, you will do so knowing that if the unthinkable happens to you, there is a plan to protect and care for your children.

I think another reason people don’t do estate planning is because they don’t understand what actually happens when someone dies. Just ask anyone who recently dealt with the death of a loved one who didn’t have a plan, or had a lousy one, and they’ll tell you what a mess it was.

The beauty about estate planning is that it takes away the mess. It’s one of the few areas of the law where we can actually determine what we want in advance and plan on how to achieve it before it becomes a major problem.

You see, law school primarily teaches law students all about filing petitions, discovery, depositions, motions, evidence, juries, and appeals. In other words, it prepares you for how to solve a problem after it’s become a major headache. With estate planning there are no courts, no opposing counsel, no depositions. Only you, your family, and your planning. I knew I could better serve people by helping them avoid court and conflict, which is why I made the switch from litigation to estate planning several years ago.

In case you’re curious about my work history, where I went to school, and all that good stuff, here goes:

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was blessed with the most loving, supportive family a kid could ask for. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin. I went to law school at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and became licensed to practice law in Illinois in 2006.

I started my career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, defending the City in labor disputes and employment discrimination claims. It was a really fun job, and I had amazing coworkers who I still miss to this day. But it wasn’t fulfilling from a career perspective because I never had the opportunity to help with preventative legal counseling.

In 2009 I got engaged, and we decided to move to Naples because my husband’s family was down here and we didn’t want to wait for retirement to finally enjoy nice weather. I got my Florida license in 2009, and I took the move as an opportunity to move away from litigation.

My first job in town was actually working with law students, helping them with internships and career planning. Although I loved working with students, I wanted to get back to practice and gain experience in estate planning. I worked for a boutique estate planning law firm in Fort Myers before opening my own practice in 2017.

If you’re interested in doing planning with me, give me a call and don’t be surprised if I answer the phone myself. When someone comes to see me, my goal is to make them as comfortable as possible, and I try to take a lighthearted approach to planning.  I won’t try to impress you with a fancy office or by using a lot of legal jargon, and I don’t care if you show up in shorts and flip flops.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family. I am pretty amazing at building forts and dodging Nerf bullets! You’ll also find me shuttling back and forth to soccer practice, power walking to 90’s hip hop, or kicking it with a margarita.

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The Women’s Network of Collier County (WNOCC) is a non-profit organization created for working business women based on Leadership, Connection, and Empowerment.   The membership annual dues and fundraisers fuel our Scholarship Program.

  • Leadership:  Expose women leaders within our community to new skills, leadership development, and access to training and various resources.
  • Connection:  Build a stronger community for the future by connecting members to our community business and organization leaders, educational institutions, as well as our grant recipients in order to assist them with opportunities for future growth.
  • Empowerment:  Inspire women to be confident in taking their business to the next level and to empower other women to do the same.

We would love to have you join us at our next meeting.  We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 11:30am – 1pm, we have a catered lunch by Sage Catering, opportunity to network and speakers to enhance and educate based on diverse hot topics in business.


Special Thanks

A special thank you to Maria Botana and Iberia Bank for donating meeting space for our monthly board of director’s meetings!

Much gratitude to our members who contribute their services:

Tammy Strohl, Owner of Law Office of Tammy Strohl.  Thank you donating your services to review and edit the WNOCC By Laws


We would like to thank Two Guys for their support catering our meetings. 

Brothers Peter Falisi and Larry Falisi are the owners of Two Guys Kitchen & Catering. Using Larry’s passion for cooking and Peter’s financial background together, they decided to launch their company in 2015. Over the past four years their business plan has continued to change, growing from lunch only to breakfast, cocktail events, weddings, and private dinner parties as well. 

In February 2018, Peter and Larry opened a fast-casual restaurant under the same name, located in River Reach Plaza on Airport Pulling Road. This location offers individual meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In December 2018 they started a new division called Skyline by Two Guys, specializing in private jet dining accommodations and concierge services.