Co-Founder and Chairman
Jeffery J. Crandall is the Founder and Chairman of eLegacy, your full- service online estate planning law firm. Mr. Crandall brings over 30 years of experience in matters concerning estate planning, business
succession, taxes, real estate, and elder law.
Jeff Crandall chose to become an attorney because he loves helping people solve problems, and when given the opportunity, he finds even greater satisfaction in helping avoid problems in the first
place. He enjoys meeting people, making new friends, and developing long-term relationships with his clients and business associates.
As an entrepreneur and business owner himself, and as the former general counsel for a publicly-held, NASDAQ-traded company, he is familiar with the challenges facing todays’ business owner, giving him a unique perspective and approach to the practice of law. He has also advised hundreds of clients on how to preserve and pass on the cherished legacies they have spent a lifetime creating.
Jeff is active in professional and community organizations, serving on numerous non-profit boards. He and his wife, Julie, along with their family members, are very active in church, international humanitarian efforts, and local community activities, including community-based compassionate service projects, music, theater, and sports. He especially enjoys accompanying Julie, who is an RN, on medical missions to the remote regions of Guatemala and Honduras, where he has had the opportunity of assisting an eye surgical team by taking medical histories and eye exams, providing Spanish translation, and other support services. He has found these medical missions to be his favorite annual “vacation.”
Mr. Crandall is also an active outdoor enthusiast who enjoys skiing, water sports, hunting, fishing, backpacking, golf, cycling, and swimming. Above all else, the time he values the most is that spent with his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren.
Co-Founder and Attorney
Ryan Crandall, Co-Founder of eLegacy, is an attorney and estate planner with a passion for helping individuals and families prepare for the future. Ryan believes that one of the primary roles of a lawyer is to be an educator and counselor. He works hard to discover his clients’ goals and to explain, in easy-to-understand terms, the legal strategies that can be used to achieve those goals. Ryan is a proud native of North Idaho. An accomplished musician, Ryan attended Brigham Young University on a scholarship for jazz bass. After serving a two-year mission to Lithuania, he met his future wife, Jennifer, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ryan began practicing law in 2011 after graduating from the University of Idaho College of Law. At law school, Ryan was a member of the Idaho Law Review during which time he served as Associate Editor, and then Managing Editor. Ryan also spent two years as a teaching assistant helping new law students hone their legal research and writing skills.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys composing music and plays numerous instruments including cello, piano, guitar, and bass. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys skiing, soccer, wakeboarding, backpacking, rock climbing, and kayaking. Ryan takes pride in giving back to the community and is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America and other church and youth groups. Most of all, Ryan loves spending time with his family and is the proud father of four wonderful children.
National Sales Director
Michelle Newby is an Estate Planner who assists families and individuals in achieving their goals of preserving family harmony, assuring smooth transitions, and protecting legacies. Michelle understands the importance of educating clients while counseling and guiding them in making decisions that will go a long way toward accomplishing these important goals. She makes complex legal issues, easy to understand by explaining legal concepts in layman’s terms.
With over 10 years experience as a leader in consumer and business banking, Michelle strongly believes in the team approach to estate planning. Her clients are strongly encouraged to invite their professional partners, such as their Financial Advisor, CPA, and Insurance Agent to join their planning conversations and annual reviews.
Michelle holds a JD from Western Michigan University.