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Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot – Transferring of Firearm is Complicated, Prepare Your Estate Plan the Right Way

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Absolute Trust Talk, a monthly podcast released by Absolute Trust Counsel, recently sat down with gun law expert Joseph Fenton, associate attorney of Campbell Green LLP, to discuss the smooth and legal transfer of firearms.

Fenton reports that unlike other assets listed in your estate plan, you may not be able to simply pass down a firearm to an inheritor, even if it has been legally documented.

"Guns are unique assets, and they have both federal and state laws that need to be followed. In California, you are required to register the transfer of ownership, or you may have to dispose of it."

So, what exactly are the steps that should be followed if a firearm is known or believed to be part of an estate? You should:
1. Locate the firearm.
2. Secure and clear the firearm - if you don't know how to do this find someone who does, Fenton urges. It is not something that can be learned on YouTube.
3. Catalog all firearms involved.
4. And then distribute them or get rid of them.

"As an overview, this sounds simple, but when you get to the distribution part, there is a process that needs to be followed and forms that need to be filed depending on your relationship to the testator," Fenton adds. "And that's something we really dive into on the show."

"It was an honor to have Joseph's expertise for this episode," says Kirsten Howe, Absolute Trust Talk host and founder of Absolute Trust Counsel. "Guns and firearms are a hot topic right now, and people don't understand that you can't just pass them off to the next generation or another person. As Joseph points out, just because you want your grandson Billy or your best friend Bob to have your firearm, doesn't mean that they are the right person, or will be cleared for inheriting the weapon when the time comes."

In Absolute Trust Talk's Episode #031 - "Do You Have a Firearm in Your Estate Plan?" - Howe and Fenton discuss:
* What rules need to be followed for transferring a firearm in California
* Where firearms fall within an estate plan
* What language should be used in your estate if a firearm can't be transferred as planned
* The specific details of how to properly transfer a firearm to another person - family member or not.

The podcast can be downloaded on the Absolute Trust Talk podcast page, https://absolutetrustcounsel.com/031-do-you-have-a-firearm-in-your-estate-plan/, along with a free downloadable resource and exclusive tool: "Stick to Your Guns: How to Handle Firearms in an Estate."

It can also be downloaded on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/absolute-trust-talk/id1371742254?mt=2.

About Absolute Trust Talk:

Educating at every step. Absolute Trust Talk is not your run-of-the-mill general counsel show filled with legal jargon that doesn't resonate. Through her 20+ years of practice, Absolute Trust Counsel's managing attorney, Kirsten Howe, found herself working with clients who were confused and overwhelmed by the complexity of estate planning and saw a need to help clients with education and specific client-centered estate planning services.

Now she's taking her expertise and experience to a new level; she's on a mission to bring a thought-provoking and approachable, friendly voice not only to estate planning, but to a wide variety of business and financial wellness topics. Through a series of podcasts, Howe will connect with like-minded business professionals and work to coach and encourage listeners to make educated and informed planning decisions. Preparing for the future doesn't have to be stressful or hard, but it does have to be smart.

About Absolute Trust Counsel:

Absolute Trust Counsel is among the most highly ranked estate planning law firms in Walnut Creek. The firm's areas of expertise include estate planning, trust administration, Medi-Cal planning, probate, retirement assets planning and special needs planning. Absolute Trust Counsel's mission is to provide easy legal solutions for every client.

Howe was admitted to the California bar in 1987 and has practiced in Walnut Creek since 1997. She earned her J.D. cum laude at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and Managing Editor of The Hastings Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of The State of California Bar; the Estate Planning and Probate Section; the Elder Law Section; and the Women's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She's on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley and a member of the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court.

Learn more: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com.

About Campbell Green LLP:

At Campbell Green, we represent our clients in all aspects of their trusts and estate needs. We work with our clients to efficiently manage and transfer their assets during life, incapacity, and at death. Our attorneys look at the big picture and make sure that our representation is truly comprehensive, addressing the important issues affecting you and your family.

Learn more: https://campbellgreenlaw.com.

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Absolute Trust Counsel Launches the Elder Advocacy and Law Boot Camp

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- As the number of aging American 65 and older continues to rise, so does the need to support our elder community care systems to protect quality of life for as long as possible. Taking leadership in addressing these issues is estate planning firm Absolute Trust Counsel and the launch of its Elder Advocacy & Law Boot Camp this fall.

"Our goal is to build Contra Costa's most important annual gathering of long-term care givers, geriatric care managers, case managers, assisted living administrators and nursing home administrators to learn about effective tools and resources for urgent matters facing our elders," says Kirsten Howe, founder of Absolute Trust Counsel and the event.

According to the Population Reference Bureau in 2016, the number of Americans 65 and older was projected to rise from 46 million to over 98 million by 2060.

Here in our home state, the Public Policy Institute of California reports that the over 65 population will grow by four million people by 2030.

The event is set to take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill, California. Attendees are also eligible to receive up to five hours of continuing education credits.

"The demographics of the aging population is changing," Howe adds. "More seniors will be single. More seniors will be childless. This all has a direct effect on elder support services. Now is the time for leadership in addressing these issues."

Sponsors of the event include Home Care Assistance, Byron Park Senior Living, Guided HealthCARE, and Sunrise Senior Living.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase at https://elderadvocacy.absolutetrustcounsel.com/optin. Those who register before August 31 can take advantage of early bird ticket prices. Individual tickets are $39 and a group special, buy four get the fifth free, is $156.

About Absolute Trust Counsel:

Absolute Trust Counsel is among the most highly ranked estate planning law firms in Walnut Creek. The firm's areas of expertise include estate planning, trust administration, Medi-Cal planning, probate, retirement assets planning, and special needs planning. Absolute Trust Counsel's mission is to provide easy legal solutions for every client.

Howe was admitted to the California bar in 1987 and has practiced in Walnut Creek since 1997. She earned her J.D. cum laude at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and Managing Editor of The Hastings Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of The State of California Bar; the Estate Planning and Probate Section; the Elder Law Section; and the Women's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She's on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley and a member of the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court.

Learn more: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com.

About Home Care Assistance:

We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff, and our expertise in-home care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults. Further information can be found at https://homecareassistance.com.

About Byron Park:

Founded in 1991, Byron Park, a Kisco Community, is a full-service senior community serving the Walnut Creek area with independent living and assisted living apartment homes. More information on this retirement and assisted living facility can be found at https://www.kiscoseniorliving.com/senior-living/ca/walnut-creek/byron-park/.

About Guided HealthCARE:

Guided HealthCARE (GHC) works with you, and for you, to help get the most from your healthcare. From finding a specialist to preparing for office visits to helping your care provider's work together - GHC lends support, guidance, and experience to assure the best of care.

Guided HealthCARE is one of only a few independently Nurse-owned and operated Care Coordination/Case Management companies in the country and is part of the ever-changing face of healthcare in the 21st century.

Learn more: http://guidedhealthcare.com.

About Sunrise Senior Living:

A single community founded in 1981 now has more than 325 senior living communities across the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. The vision of Sunrise founders Paul and Terry Klaassen is to champion the quality of life for all seniors. A mission to redefine senior care resulted in a resident-centered approach to care that focuses on the individuality of each resident and has set the standard in the assisted living industry.

Learn more: https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com.

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The New Old Age: America’s Elders Fumbling Through the Journey of Aging

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Absolute Trust Talk, a monthly podcast released by Absolute Trust Counsel, recently sat down with Linda Fodrini-Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of Eldercare Services, to discuss the solution to aging with ease.

Fodrini-Johnson reports that two scenarios are happening with older adults. One, they are looking for experts to help them make decisions as they transition into later years of life, or families are facing older loved ones in crisis and need help to find solutions.

"Unfortunately, not enough people know that professionals like aging lifecare managers exist. Many stumble on to us by accident not realizing that there is an expert navigator to guide an elder through their troubles with comfort."

So, what is it that a care manager gives that the family can't? Asking the right questions about a person's health care needs outside of what the family knows - asking what gave a loved one's life meaning and how that will be incorporated regardless of deficits. It's about making sure the quality of life is still there and that the journey is stress free, Fodrini-Johnson says.

"Linda is truly a goldmine of information and experience," says Kirsten Howe, Absolute Trust Talk host and Absolute Trust Counsel Founder. "She knows all the stops and how to get a senior and their family from point A to point B while keeping options for the rest of the journey in sight."

In Absolute Trust Talk's Episode #026 - "Expert Advice on Geriatric Care" - Howe and Fodrini-Johnson discuss:
* What geriatric care is
* What families need to think about when it comes to quality of life for an aging parent
* How families should plan for the transition into long-term care
* How eldercare services can help a family save money.

The podcast can be downloaded on the Absolute Trust Talk podcast page, https://absolutetrustcounsel.com/026-expert-advice-on-geriatric-care-with-linda-fodrini-johnson/, along with a free downloadable resource and exclusive tool: "Moms Moving In - The Rewards, Concerns and Realities."

It can also be downloaded on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/absolute-trust-talk/id1371742254?mt=2.

About Absolute Trust Talk:

Educating at every step. Absolute Trust Talk is not your run-of-the-mill general counsel show filled with legal jargon that doesn't resonate. Through her 20+ years of practice, Absolute Trust Counsel's managing attorney, Kirsten Howe, found herself working with clients who were confused and overwhelmed by the complexity of estate planning and saw a need to help clients with education and specific client-centered estate planning services. Now she's taking her expertise and experience to a new level; she's on a mission to bring a thought-provoking and approachable, friendly voice not only to estate planning, but to a wide variety of business and financial wellness topics.

Through a series of podcasts, Howe will connect with like-minded business professionals and work to coach and encourage listeners to make educated and informed planning decisions. Preparing for the future doesn't have to be stressful or hard, but it does have to be smart.

About Absolute Trust Counsel:

Absolute Trust Counsel is among the most highly ranked estate planning law firms in Walnut Creek. The firm's areas of expertise include estate planning, trust administration, Medi-Cal planning, probate, retirement assets planning and special needs planning. Absolute Trust Counsel's mission is to provide easy legal solutions for every client.

Howe was admitted to the California bar in 1987 and has practiced in Walnut Creek since 1997. She earned her J.D. cum laude at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and Managing Editor of The Hastings Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of The State of California Bar; the Estate Planning and Probate Section; the Elder Law Section; and the Women's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She's on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley and a member of the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court.

Learn more: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com.

About Eldercare Services:

Founded in 1989, Eldercare Services is a locally owned and operated care management and home care company, accredited by the Joint Commission with a staff of over 15 Professional Care Managers and more than 200 highly trained caregivers. Further information can be found on www.EldercareAnswers.com.

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Tax Law Changes Impact Charitable Giving – Is Philanthropy Motivated by Tax Reasons Dead?

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Absolute Trust Talk, a monthly podcast released by Absolute Trust Counsel, recently sat down with Michael Crvarich, Vice President of Legacy Giving at the John Muir Health Foundation, to discuss how an individual's core value system is the new driving force behind charitable giving.

Crvarich reports that with exemption credits now doubled for 99% of Americans, the estate tax is taken off the table.

"There's a paradigm shift, and the need to do things from an estate tax planning point of view isn't as prevalent," he says. "We're seeing a values-based approach now that people aren't trying to beat Uncle Sam."

Absolute Trust Talk host and Absolute Trust Counsel founder Kirsten Howe agrees, adding that from an estate planning point of view it had been a big opportunity to incorporate charity in an estate plan because charitable contributions were deductible from a taxable estate or income taxes.

"Now that we don't have to really worry about estate taxes, it's a whole different ball game," she says.

So, why are people still giving? Because it's about the mission, about making a difference.

"It's about changing lives and changing your community, and that's the real gift," Crvarich says.

In Absolute Trust Talk's Episode #025 - "The Exploration of Legacy Planning and Charitable Giving" - Howe and Crvarich discuss:
* How the change in tax laws has had an impact on charity
* What drives people to give
* How families can get involved in charitable giving
* The mission, successes and strategies on the growth of the John Muir Health Foundation.

"Our goal for Absolute Trust Talk is to get together with leaders to break down important topics into thought-provoking, approachable and easy-to-consume content for our community," Howe says. "It's interesting to explore the motivations behind the people in our communities, our clients, and how their wants and needs truly drive planning for the future of their legacies."

The podcast can be downloaded on the Absolute Trust Talk podcast page, https://absolutetrustcounsel.com/025-the-exploration-of-legacy-planning-and-charitable-giving-with-michael-crvarich-of-the-john-muir-health-foundation/, along with a host of free downloadable resources including:
* "Creating a Family Mission Statement" workbook
* A variety of e-booklets that explore the different ways of giving under the new tax laws
* Free one-hour consultation to explore values-based philanthropy and giving.

It can also be downloaded on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/absolute-trust-talk/id1371742254?mt=2.

About Absolute Trust Talk:

Educating at every step. Absolute Trust Talk is not your run-of-the-mill general counsel show filled with legal jargon that doesn't resonate. Through her 20+ years of practice, Absolute Trust Counsel's managing attorney, Kirsten Howe, found herself working with clients who were confused and overwhelmed by the complexity of estate planning and saw a need to help clients with education and specific client-centered estate planning services. Now she's taking her expertise and experience to a new level; she's on a mission to bring a thought-provoking and approachable, friendly voice not only to estate planning, but to a wide variety of business and financial wellness topics. Through a series of podcasts, Howe will connect with like-minded business professionals and work to coach and encourage listeners to make educated and informed planning decisions. Preparing for the future doesn't have to be stressful or hard, but it does have to be smart.

About Absolute Trust Counsel:

Absolute Trust Counsel is among the most highly ranked estate planning law firms in Walnut Creek. The firm's areas of expertise include estate planning, trust administration, Medi-Cal planning, probate, retirement assets planning and special needs planning. Absolute Trust Counsel's mission is to provide easy legal solutions for every client.

Howe was admitted to the California bar in 1987 and has practiced in Walnut Creek since 1997. She earned her J.D. cum laude at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and Managing Editor of The Hastings Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of The State of California Bar; the Estate Planning and Probate Section; the Elder Law Section; and the Women's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She's on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley and a member of the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court.

Learn more: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com.

About the John Muir Health Foundation:

John Muir Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and stewarding philanthropic support for all health services, programs and facilities of John Muir Health. As a community-based, not-for-profit health care organization, John Muir Health invests all revenue back into its services and the local community. Philanthropic gifts are essential to sustaining and enhancing the margin of excellence that distinguishes John Muir Health as a top-rated health care provider and a vital community asset.

Learn more: https://www.givehealthjmh.org.

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Popular Podcast Focuses on Alzheimer’s: Early Detection, Future Planning and Signs Misinterpreted

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Absolute Trust Talk, a monthly podcast released by Absolute Trust Counsel, recently sat down with Dori Sproul, a family care specialist from the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California, to discuss the myths and misconceptions associated with Alzheimer's - a growing epidemic that affects more than 5 million people each year.

"To date, it's been the most widely listened to episode on iTunes," Kirsten Howe, Absolute Trust Talk host and Absolute Trust Counsel Founder, says.

So, why are people listening? These facts are likely contributors: one in three seniors who die each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia; and Alzheimer's is the fourth leading cause of death in California.

Sproul reports the scary part is that many people often misinterpret Alzheimer's symptoms as natural signs of aging or other health issues.

"This switch-up is more common than you think," she says. "But with a disease that is the fourth leading cause of death in California, it's important now more than ever for the public to be educated."

In Absolute Trust Talk's Episode #023 - "Knowing Alzheimer's" -
Howe and Sproul discuss:
* What exactly Alzheimer's is and what it does to the body
* Vital warning signs
* How patients are diagnosed
* The advantages of early detection
* How crucial it is to plan ahead financially
* What the Alzheimer's Association is and how it helps families and individuals impacted by the illness.

The podcast can be downloaded on the Absolute Trust Talk podcast page: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com/023-knowing-alzheimers-with-family-care-specialist-dori-sproul-of-the-alzheimers-association/ along with a free downloadable resource and exclusive tool: "Know the 10 Signs - Because Early Detection Matters."

It can also be downloaded on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/absolute-trust-talk/id1371742254?mt=2.

"Our goal for Absolute Trust Talk is to get together with leaders to break down important topics into thought-provoking, approachable and easy-to-consume content for our community," Howe says. "It's always a little bit surprising how much people don't understand or know when it comes to preparing for their future and the future of their family. I was shocked by some of the statistics about Alzheimer's and just how widely it's impacting individuals and families across the country."

Howe adds, "Partnering with Sproul was a no brainer to spread the word not only about what the Alzheimer's Association does, but to highlight the disease itself. Alzheimer's is a rapidly growing national health crisis, and the more we all understand, the better. We recommend listening and sharing this episode, because one way or another, this disease will touch us all if it hasn't already."

Sproul is also eager to get this important information out.

"We want to educate the public on what the normal signs of aging are compared to signs that need follow-up up with a physician. These are health conditions that the greater public needs to know about," Sproul says.

About Absolute Trust Talk:

Educating at every step. Absolute Trust Talk is not your run of the mill general counsel show filled with legal jargon that doesn't resonate. Through her 20+ years of practice, Absolute Trust Counsel's managing attorney, Kirsten Howe, found herself working with clients who were confused and overwhelmed by the complexity of estate planning and saw a need to help clients with education and specific client-centered estate planning services. Now she's taking her expertise and experience to a new level; she's on a mission to bring a thought-provoking and approachable, friendly voice not only to estate planning, but to a wide variety of business and financial wellness topics.

Through a series of podcasts, Howe will connect with like-minded business professionals and work to coach and encourage listeners to make educated and informed planning decisions. Preparing for the future doesn't have to be stressful or hard, but it does have to be smart.

About Absolute Trust Counsel:

Absolute Trust Counsel is among the most highly-ranked estate planning law firms in Walnut Creek. The firm's areas of expertise include estate planning, trust administration, Medi-Cal planning, probate, retirement assets planning and special needs planning. Absolute Trust Counsel's mission is to provide easy legal solutions for every client.

Howe was admitted to the California bar in 1987 and has practiced in Walnut Creek since 1997. She earned her J.D. cum laude at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and Managing Editor of The Hastings Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of The State of California Bar; the Estate Planning and Probate Section; the Elder Law Section; and the Women's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She's on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley and a member of the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court.

Learn more: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com.

About the Alzheimer's Association:

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Learn more: https://alz.org/norcal.

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RESPECT May Not Be Exactly What Aretha Franklin’s Legacy Will Get

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Weeks have passed since the death of the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, and the world is still reeling - mainly from the loss of a such a beloved icon, but also from the fact that she seems to have died without a trust, says estate planning attorney Kirsten Howe of Absolute Trust Counsel. Without a will, and without any sort of estate plan in place, where will that $80 million go?

"From what we know, Aretha died intestate, meaning without a will or a trust as part of a written estate plan," says leading Walnut Creek estate planning attorney Kirsten Howe. "This means her estate will be administered according to the laws of intestacy in the state of Michigan, where she resided at the time of her death, and that what remains after probate will eventually be distributed among her four adult sons."

Franklin's estimated $80 million estate far exceeds the threshold for probate under Michigan law, which is only $15,000. This means that her family will have to go through a court-supervised probate process to pay her bills, debts, and taxes, and to secure transfer of what remains to her sons.

Kirsten adds, "It's not uncommon for people, even wealthy people who have lots of professionals advising them to prepare an estate plan, to end up dying intestate. In California, only 40 percent of residents have done some sort of estate planning. Why Aretha resisted creating an estate plan, we will never know, but there are lots of reasons why people fail to do estate planning. We all tend to procrastinate, especially when it comes to things that don't feel urgent or seem unpleasant. Thinking about your own death is never fun. Some people are superstitious; more than one client have admitted to me that they had an irrational fear that as soon as they did their estate plan, they would die, so they naturally put it off. Others are nervous or afraid to meet with lawyers, believe it or not."

Pancreatic cancer, the disease from which Aretha Franklin died, is almost always terminal, and patients usually die a relatively short time after diagnosis. The time to do estate planning is not when you receive a terminal diagnosis.

Howe goes on to say, "If Aretha had held her estate in a trust, her family could have avoided the very public probate process that is now going to take place. She could have protected the value of her estate from the hefty fees that the probate process will require and helped reduce the 40 percent estate tax - an estimated $27 million in this case - that will now have to be paid to the IRS. But more than that, she could have made sure her wishes were carried out and protected the relationships among her four sons. With an $80 million estate, she could have benefited many people and many organizations with enough money left over for each of her sons to be financially secure. And while she did spend the last of her time surrounded by loved ones, she also left one important lesson to us all: Get your affairs in order while you're healthy and you have time."

About Kirsten Howe:

For more than 20 years, individuals and families in Walnut Creek, California, and the surrounding areas have trusted Absolute Trust Counsel Managing Partner Kirsten Howe and her team to help them secure their legacies.

Uniquely qualified to create individualized estate plans, Kirsten and her team provide focused counsel on estate planning, trust administration, probate, Medi-Cal planning, special needs planning, and other estate-related issues.

Kirsten earned her law degree cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan. While in law school, she was a member of the Thurston Society and managing editor of The Hastings Law Journal.

A noted speaker on estate planning issues, Kirsten is a member of the Trust and Estates Section of the California State Bar, and the Estate Planning and Probate, Elder Law, and Women's section of the Contra Costa County Bar. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council Diablo Valley and is a member of the Robert G. McGrath Chapter of American Inns of Court.

About Absolute Trust Counsel:

While some law firms offer general services meeting every conceivable legal need, Absolute Trust Counsel takes a different approach. California estate law is our specialty. It's what we love, and what we do best.

Our focus is on serving our neighbors in Walnut Creek and the surrounding area. We work with seniors every day. We work with families needing estate planning every day. We work with families who have lost loved ones and are now facing probate. We work with families who have members with special needs. We work with families needing nursing home assistance. Our belief is that this specialization and dedication translates into better results for our clients.

Choosing the right attorney is always a decision that should be made thoughtfully, particularly when it comes to planning for your future. You need a legal team who will take the time to listen closely to you and gain a thorough understanding of your particular situation and your most pressing concerns, goals, and hopes for your legacy. We pride ourselves on practicing that sort of personalized law. We are a law practice that will be there for you and your family today, tomorrow, and for years to come - a law firm for life.

Learn more at https://absolutetrustcounsel.com.

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East Bay Law Office, Absolute Trust Counsel, Launches Podcast, Absolute Trust Talk

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Greater Bay Area estate planning firm Absolute Trust Counsel announces the launch of the Absolute Trust Talk podcast. Absolute Trust Talk launches as a new avenue to educate clients and prospects on a wide variety of trending business and financial wellness topics and how they can make better-informed decisions when planning for the future.

"I've done a lot of presentations and speaking engagements throughout the greater Walnut Creek and Bay Areas, and it never ceases to amaze me how much people don't know or understand about future planning," says Absolute Trust Counsel founding attorney Kirsten Howe. "Having the opportunity to get together with so many of the other great business leaders in our community and being able to break these types of topics down into thought-provoking, approachable, and easy to consume content seemed like the right next steps to take to start debunking so many myths and misconceptions about wealth and estate planning."

"Educating at every step." Absolute Trust Talk is not your run of the mill general counsel show filled with legal jargon that doesn't resonate. Through her 20+ years of practice, Absolute Trust Counsel founding attorney Kirsten Howe found herself working with clients who were confused and overwhelmed by the complexity of estate planning and saw a need to help clients with education and specific client-centered estate planning services.

Now Kirsten is taking her expertise and experience to a new level; she is on a mission to bring a thought-provoking and approachable, friendly voice not only to estate planning, but to a wide variety of business and financial wellness topics. Through a series of podcasts, Kirsten will connect with like-minded business professionals and work to coach and encourage listeners to make educated and informed planning decisions. Preparing for the future doesn't have to be stressful or hard, but it does have to be smart.

Each Absolute Trust Talk episode will run about 30 minutes long, and the show will run bimonthly after our initial seven-episode launch.

Learn more about the Podcast at: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com/podcast/.

Absolute Trust Talk is available to listen to on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/absolute-trust-talk/id1371742254.

About Absolute Trust Counsel:

Absolute Trust Counsel is among the most highly ranked estate planning law firms in Walnut Creek. The firm's areas of expertise include Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Medi-Cal Planning, Probate, Retirement Assets Planning and Special Needs Planning. Absolute Trust Counsel's mission is to provide easy legal solutions for every client.

Kirsten Howe, the firm's managing attorney, was admitted to the California bar in 1987 and has practiced in Walnut Creek since 1997. She earned her J.D. cum laude at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and Managing Editor of The Hastings Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

Kirsten is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of The State of California Bar; the Estate Planning and Probate Section, the Elder Law Section and the Women's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She is on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley and a member of the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court.

Learn more at: https://absolutetrustcounsel.com/.

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