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Absolute Trust Counsel Videos

Welcome to the Absolute Trust Counsel video library. We are pleased to share with you exclusive videos from our team, educating you on a wide variety of topics under each of our practice areas. We hope that these videos will help educate you on key areas of estate planning and help make you more comfortable with decisions during the planning process.

Providing For a Special Needs Loved One When You’re Gone.

Families of children with special needs face specific estate planning challenges that must be very carefully addressed. Parents, grandparents and other family members can ensure or contribute to the support of a special needs person by creating a special needs trust.

A special needs trust allows parents, grandparents or other family members to set aside money or other assets to provide for the special needs person without disqualifying them from these important government programs. Special needs trusts can be used for lifetime giving or for inheritances. If you have a child or other loved one with special needs, you may want to work with a qualified attorney to establish and administer a special needs trust.


Do Know the True Cost of Nursing Home Care?

For some clients, estate planning will also include Medi-Cal eligibility planning for nursing home care. Our goal at Absolute Trust Counsel is to plan so that seniors remain independent for as long as possible while protecting their assets against the expense of nursing home care. We offer compassionate guidance and sound legal counsel whether you are planning well in advance or your family is in aMedi-Cal crisis situation.


Thinking Beyond: What’s Important in My Estate Plan?

You have worked hard to achieve success. Now you want to make sure your assets are protected, your golden years are spent in comfort, and your loved ones are well taken care of after you are gone.

At Absolute Trust Counsel we dedicate ourselves to helping individuals and families from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds do just that. Together, we will create an estate plan for you that protects your hard-earned assets and your legacy and ensures your children’s inheritance is safe from creditors, predators, and even their own inability to handle an inheritance alone.


Not Only Would I Recommend You and Your Team, but I Have.

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.

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.


The Legal Work That Has To Happen – Trust Administration

The decision to serve as a trustee should not be taken lightly. It is a difficult, time-consuming job, and a trustee can be held personally and financially liable for failure to carry out mandates of the trust to the letter. It is advisable to consult an attorney who focuses on this area of the law.

If you are responsible for administering your deceased loved one’s trust, turn to our firm for the assistance you need.


From Start to Finish the Process was Thorough, Easy, and Efficient.

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.

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.


I Respect Not Only Kirsten, but Her Whole Team for Always Doing What was Necessary for My Needs

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.

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.


Absolute Trust Counsel Medi Cal Eligibility Planning Presentation

Kirsten Howe, Estate Planning Attorney and Principal of Absolute Trust Counsel, describes key considerations in the planning process to maximize Medi-Cal eligibility.

If you had to add an extra $8,000 – $12,000 to your monthly budget because a spouse or parent needed nursing home care, how long could you do it? With proper planning, you can stop the rapid outflow of cash before it’s all gone. Join us as we discuss Medi-Cal eligibility rules and planning techniques.


An Easy, Efficient, Knowledgeable and Wonderful Team

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.

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.


Do You Know How Complicated Probate Truly Is?

When a person dies, his or her estate executor or administrator is in charge of paying outstanding debts and distributing all remaining assets to beneficiaries as designated in the deceased’s will. This is done by means of a court process referred to as probate which can be quite time-consuming.

At Absolute Trust Counsel, we want to simplify this process for you as much as possible. With decades of experience, we are well-acquainted with California probate laws and can be a valuable asset to families during what can potentially be a very challenging time.


Coronavirus Estate Planning

Yes, we are living in scary and uncertain times, but you can still take control.

It might be challenging to see past today or even tomorrow, but what happens if you or a loved one is impacted by coronavirus? Will your loved ones be protected if something happens to you? Will you get the immediate support and care needed? If it’s a loved one isolated and impacted, do you know how to manage their care? Do you even have the authority?

If incapacity happens without a plan, you don’t have time to wait. You don’t have time to sort through the mess for the right support and care that’s needed immediately. Join me as I discuss the importance of coronavirus estate planning now and give you some action items to help you plan, prepare, and address the difficult times we are facing.


Take Action Today - Plan for All COVID-19 Outcomes

Do You Have a Plan That Would Enable a Trusted Family Member to Step in to Protect You from Predators?

It’s hard to believe we are living in such scary and uncertain times. Unfortunately, there are still those out there who are taking advantage of that for their financial benefit. The coronavirus has resulted in new twists on common scams that mainly affect seniors – the most vulnerable population.

It’s more difficult now, but more important than ever to stay connected, especially to our senior family members. Scams are much easier to pull off on someone who is isolated, as many older adults are, and especially if they experience cognitive decline as they age. These types of scams cost families millions of dollars every year. But there are things you can do now to protect yourself, your family, and your loved ones.

Join me for a special live edition of the Absolute Trust Talk Podcast as I discuss the importance of coronavirus estate planning to protect yourself and your family now. Don’t miss out on my tips to help ensure you get your $1,200 economic impact check ASAP.

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No matter what your circumstances are, the Absolute Trust Counsel team is here to help you in any way that we can. Please, stay safe and stay health.


Coronavirus Estate Planning Triage

If you are a health care worker or have a loved one who is, this episode is meant for you. Health care workers are very special and we all owe them our gratitude for the work they do. But it’s important that they not allow their instinct to help others to get in the way of helping themselves.

Statistics are showing an alarmingly high rate of COVID-19 cases among health care workers in some locations. We just don’t have enough data to know why that is, but it is obvious that health care workers are getting sick and they need to be prepared.

Join me as I triage your estate plan—break down for you what are the absolutely necessary components you need and your family needs you to have during this mega crisis.


COVID-19 and Elder Home Care

We’re all familiar with the news about the devastating spread of COVID-19 through nursing homes, among residents and staff, in the East Bay and beyond. But many of our elder clients receive long-term care in their own homes. The home care industry has had to respond in a variety of ways to ensure continuing quality care for their clients and to keep clients and staff safe.

Francesca Vogel with Home Care Assistance joins us today to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the home care industry, the steps being taken to protect elderly clients and care givers and  what permanent changes in the industry are likely to be necessary, even after this crisis is over, to ensure both safety and high-quality care.


COVID-19 + Elder Care: What You Need to Know Featuring Nicole Howell

It’s almost surreal how COVID-19 has changed our daily lives, but even more so for those most vulnerable – our older and dependent adults. Unfortunately, those who need the most protection and care have nearly had it all taken away due to no visitation policies.

Other than care staff and employees on the frontlines, who is ensuring proper care and protection? Who is ensuring residents are still able to connect with a loved one and the outside world? How has oversight changed since isolation has become the norm of this pandemic? What can you do to make sure your loved one is safe, happy, and cared for with the support needed?

Please watch this video from Absolute Trust Talk with special guest Nicole Howell who is the Executive Director at Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano, and Alameda. She has been at the forefront of COVID-19 safety efforts among seniors and the elderly in long-term care. We are excited to have her join us to share what’s going on with elder care, long-term care facilities, and how people can stay connected with their loved ones in isolation.


How to Avoid the Most Common Estate Planning Mistake

Our clients understand the importance of estate planning. In this time of COVID-19, many people are also feeling a sense of urgency. It is important to remember, though, that the plan is only the beginning.

A surprising number of our clients discover, after the death of a family member, that an asset that should have been transferred to the trust was not. Sometimes this means that, even though a trust was established to avoid probate, we have to do a probate.

In this episode, we give you the information you need to avoid this common mistake. We discuss trust funding: which assets to fund, how to fund each kind of asset, and how you can tell if your trust has been correctly funded.


Special Needs Trusts: Don't Let an Inheritance Blow Up Your Government Benefits

Most parents of children with special needs understand how important it is to plan ahead for their special needs child. There are lots of things to plan, and one very important one is a special needs trust. This is a trust that will make sure that when the parents die the special needs child does not lose any government benefits because of an inheritance.

But sometimes a special needs person gets an inheritance form someone other than a parent, from someone who did not set up a special needs trust. Now what?

In this episode, we talk about what will happen to that inheritance, what could happen to the government benefits, and, most importantly, how to avoid the whole problem.


Caring for a Spouse with Dementia: In the Beginning...

When one spouse has dementia, the other spouse becomes a caregiver, gradually over time taking on more and more responsibility and losing more and more of the partnership and joy of marriage. The caregiver’s journey is difficult and lonely.

My guest Cheri J. Bailly-Jacobs has written a new memoir called Caregiver Confidential: Stories of Living with My Husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease. In the book she talks about her nine-year journey as a caregiver for her husband. It’s a really honest look at the many challenges and emotions she experienced along the way.


Empowering the Disabled Through Employment and Housing Choice

Our guest today is the founder and Executive Director of East Bay Innovations, Tom Heinz. EBI is a local non-profit that runs a wide variety of programs designed to enable and empower persons with disabilities to live their most productive, independent, and satisfying lives.

We’ll be discussing just a few of EBI’s programs that help people with things like daily money management, disability benefits planning, and affordable housing. These programs are so valuable to our clients with special needs and to our clients who are trustees of special needs trusts.


Trustee and Executor Dos and Don'ts

Do you know what you’re supposed to do when a family member dies and names you their executor or trustee? There are so many tasks and responsibilities to take care of, you definitely need to talk to an attorney to make sure you don’t miss any steps. We find that there are some common mistakes trustees and executors make that can have very serious consequences. But, with a little education, they can be avoided. In case you didn’t know, it is almost always harder (read “more expensive”) to clean up after a mistake than doing it right in the first place! Join us as we discuss some of our favorite “dos and don’ts” for executors and trustees.


California Exit Strategy: Reverse Migration Trend in Real Estate

According to the 2018 American Community Survey Census Data, from 2007 to 2016, 5 million people moved into California while nearly 6 million left. That’s a loss of 1 million residents! And we continue to see an increasing number of our clients choose to move out of state as they retire to seek states with lower income taxes, lower cost of living, less traffic, and crowing. While moving is always a big project and a daunting task, we’re curious about this trend, especially now with COVID-19.

Joining us for a new episode of Absolute Trust Talk LIVE is relocation expert Scott Fuller. Scott is the founder of LeavingTheBayArea.com, the top resource for helping clients navigate the relocation process systematically, thoughtfully, and successfully. Join us to learn more about the strategies he uses, some of the pitfalls to avoid, and how COVID-19 is affecting California’s real estate.


What You Need to Know to Get Your PPP Loan Forgiven

We all remember how difficult and chaotic the PPP loan application process was. Well, guess what? Now it’s time to start putting together your loan forgiveness application, and that promises to be much more complicated and confusing. And the stakes are high: if you submit the application correctly the loan will be forgiven, if you don’t, you have to pay all that money back.

The good news is that we have invited our guest today is PPP Loan expert Ed Gines, with Strategic CFOs, to explain it all to you. The time limits, the forgiveness percentage calculations, the income caps, and on and on, Ed knows this program and will share his expertise with us. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the expert and ask your own questions!


The Elder Care Journey Part 1: Understanding the Types of Care and Who Pays?

The eldercare journey is just that – a journey. You start at one point and move to various other points along the way. Every journey is unique and may hit certain points and miss others. Where your family’s particular journey takes you depends on two things: the type of care needed and who pays for that care. In this episode, we discuss the different types of eldercare available at different levels of need. We find that often our clients are not familiar with terms like skilled nursing, board and care, and memory care and don’t understand the differences among them. We ill also discuss the many different options available for paying for care at each level. Join us for this first episode in our series on the Elder Care Journey.


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