Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jennifer Edwards Hoverstad is a sixth generation North Carolinian with family roots that span from Shelby to Sampson County.

Jen married Carl Hoverstad on April 12, 2008. Dating since October 22, 2000, the two met at Millbrook High School in Raleigh and then graduated from North Carolina State University in 2006. 

In 2014, after multiple rounds of infertility treatments, they had their first child, Elin, and, in 2017, as an unexpected but highly celebrated surprise, Halle joined the family.


With degrees in marketing (B.S., N.C. State) and sport studies (M.S., University of Tennessee), Jen thought she'd spend her work life in sports. 

After a yearlong stint with the N.C. State Wolfpack Club, and only months after getting married, Jen decided to pursue a reoccurring itch and go to law school at Elon University School of Law. She thought being a sports agent would be her dream career.

Unfortunately, Jen decided to go to law school in 2008 – the year that most career opportunities took a plunge along with the economy.

However, Jen passed the North Carolina Bar Exam and went on to litigate in family law. 

In 2012, Jen left the courtroom to start out on a journey that would allow her to be a senior leader advising executive leadership in a variety of industries. Most recently, she served on the senior leadership team at Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, NC.

Through Jen’s experience with cancer, she decided she needed to find a way to better serve more people through her work. Thus, in 2018, she transitioned to a full-time estate planning attorney with the Forrest Firm, a statewide full-service business law firm. Not only can Jen continue to serve business owners in ensuring their business’ legal needs are taken care of, she can make sure their personal matters are in order—just in case they run into one of life’s surprises like she did.