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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 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 Kirsten is taking her expertise and experience to a ne ...
 
Kevin A. Thompson and guests on leadership, marriage, parenting, and the common places in life that we tend to get stuck.
 
Bringing Up Betty is a podcast about the unique experiences that come with raising special needs kids. The podcast is a collection of narrative interviews with parents who are raising children with disabilities, developmental delays, diseases and other challenges.
 
Tracy Sherriff, founder and facilitator of the Hamilton Parent Advocacy Learning and Support Network invites parents, educators, politicians, or anyone who is doing remarkable things for children and students with special needs to the show. A parent of children with unique learning differences and an educator in the field of special needs, Tracy has had the privilege of being on both sides of the table. Tracy and her guests talk openly about advocacy, collaboration, and partnership within th ...
 
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Absolute Trust Talk Host Kirsten Howe brings you a powerful new episode featuring Michael Crvarich, Vice President of Legacy Giving at the John Muir Health Foundation. Michael started his career as a public accountant specializing in high-end financial and estate tax planning at international accounting firms such as Ernst & Young and Arthur An ...…
 
In a new episode of Absolute Trust Talk, guest, Konstantine “Kosta” Demiris, joins Kirsten to discuss all things conservatorship. Kosta has a wealth of experience in all aspects of litigation. He has tried hundreds of cases involving trust, estate, probate, conservatorship, guardianship, elder abuse and fraud, real property and HOAs, family law ...…
 
Over 5 million people all across our country have Alzheimer’s. The scary part is that many people don’t quite understand the disease and confuse it with other health issues or even normal signs of aging. Kirsten and guest Dori Sproul, family care specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, team up to discuss the disease ...…
 
When a family is grieving the loss of a loved one or an older couple is ready to move on to the next chapter in their lives by downsizing their lot, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start when you have a whole lifetime of stuff? Professional estate organizer Meg Connell joins Absolute Trust Talk host Kirsten Howe in the studio for an all-ne ...…
 
Did you know it’s possible to make a loan to an irrevocable trust? Many people don’t know it is, and even though conventional lending firms might say they do it, they don’t truly understand and often force the borrower to take the loan out of the trust – negating the benefit. Jim O’Dea, a broker associate with Redwood Mortgage, a private money ...…
 
The thoughts around becoming a naturalized citizen can be, well, daunting. Many wonder if it’s worth the time and effort. Absolute Trust Talk guest and immigration law expert Nadia Yakoob encourages all clients, and those wondering about the process, to take the time and make an effort because the benefits far outweigh taking no action at all. ...…
 
In episode 19 of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Francesca Vogel, home care liaison for Home Care Assistance, to the show. Francesca works with seniors and their families to help navigate their specific care needs. Francesca is such a valuable asset in her field, not only because of her 24 years of health care experience but her vast know ...…
 
In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes attorney Bob Gonser to the show. Bob’s practice focuses on matters involving disputes between investors and their financial advisors. Bob typically works on a contingent fee basis and has successfully handled hundreds of cases for his clients whose investement accounts have been mismanage ...…
 
In episode 17 of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Kantor & Kantor, LLP partner Michelle Roberts into the studio. Michelle has focused her entire career on helping claimants win disability claims under employer-provided disability plans. She is also a specialist in the act that governs disability benefits provided by employers, known as ERI ...…
 
In episode 16 of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Morgan Stanley Senior Portfolio Manager Robert McLalan to the show. Bob has over 35 years of experience in the securities industry and has committed a large part of his practice to helping special needs families. His passion for special needs comes from his own personal experiences as a con ...…
 
In episode 15 of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes financial planning and investment professional John O’Dea of Summit Financial Group to the show. John’s focus is the wealth accumulation and protection needs present for individuals who own and operate a business. He has over a decade of experience working to simplify investment, insurance, ...…
 
Absolute Trust Talk welcomes consumer debt law expert Jen Lee into the studio to discuss essential tips, resources, and information people need to know about debt. Creator of workplace financial program Employees Are Assets™ and co-author of Preventing Credit Card Fraud A Complete Guide for Everyone from Merchants to Consumers, Jen focuses her ...…
 
Absolute Trust Talk welcomes Walnut Creek international tax law expert Jenny Lin to the show. Lin has been practicing tax law since obtaining her juris doctor degree in 2000 from U.C. Berkeley and is one of approximately 400 attorneys certified as a tax specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In this episode, Ki ...…
 
In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Walnut Creek copyright law expert Kelley Way into the studio. This Walnut Creek native, wanted to practice copyright law since she was in high school, as two of her biggest passions are books and music. She fell in love with copyright law after resolving a case for her first ever client – ...…
 
In episode eleven of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes award-winning Remax Accord Real Estate Broker Mark Shaw into the studio. Mark has been serving Contra Costa and Alameda Counties for more than 19 years and, even though he spent some time as a teacher, you could say his career started back in the 60’s & 70’s when he was helping his fath ...…
 
In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Herb Thomas, founder and principal fiduciary of Herb Thomas and Associates. Herb has a big passion for people, which is shown through his extensive experience serving families throughout California with special needs trusts, public benefits counseling and advocacy, trust/estate administra ...…
 
In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes trust and estate litigator Denise E. Chambliss from Tri-Valley law firm Hoge, Fenton. During their discussion, Denise and Kirsten hone in on the specifics of trust and estate litigation with an emphasis on elder abuse and undue influence. Kirsten highlights that elder abuse is an epidemic ...…
 
Daniel Simonds lives in Florida and is a huge Disney fan. He was born with Cerebral Palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair to get around. He has a special app on his iPad that lets him communicate. He went to Winter Haven High School and Warner University. Currently he volunteers at Give Kids the World, a non profit group that provides a fun and ...…
 
In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes special needs financial planning expert Jon Elfin into the studio. Jon has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and focuses on processes and expertise to help clients understand their options and more importantly take action when it comes to building and preservi ...…
 
In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Walnut Creek family attorney Ariel Brownell Lee into the studio. During her conversation with Kirsten, Ariel touches on all aspects of a prenuptial agreement. While discussing the pros and cons, Ariel reveals just how much a prenup can, and can’t, protect. Kirsten and Ariel explore the ov ...…
 
In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Walnut Creek Financial Planner Ora Citron into the studio. For Ora, financial planning is a way to make a difference for individuals in our community, directly and meaningfully, by taking responsibility for helping clients create a path to the future based on their personal goals. During ...…
 
In this episode, Kirsten talks to Denae Budde, managing shareholder of Budde Law Group, a niche practice that focuses in on handling either transactions or litigation in the real estate and business. During her conversation with Kirsten, Denae discusses the rising trend of parent/child real estate transactions. Denae highlights some of the uniq ...…
 
In this episode of Absolute Trust Talk, Kirsten welcomes Certified Financial Transitionist® Gary Gardner into the studio. As part of the first graduating class of the Financial Transitionist Institute (a division of the Sudden Money Institute) Gary was drawn to the process that uses the “touchy, feely side of the brain,” as he likes to say – gu ...…
 
Walnut Creek professional fiduciary dynamo Karen Fisher joins Kirsten in the studio for episode #003 of Absolute Trust Talk. Kirsten highlights how many people just don’t know what a professional fiduciary is or that having someone outside the family to administer trusts and estates is even an option. Karen discusses the vast range of services ...…
 
In this episode of “Absolute Trust Talk,” Kirsten talks to Geoff Zimmerman, Certified Financial Planner, Senior Advisor, and Chief Compliance Officer for Mosaic Financial Partners, Inc. Geoff is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most seasoned practitioners and concentrates on assisting both working and retired individuals and couples at the e ...…
 
In this episode of “Absolute Trust Talk,” Kirsten talks to Maureen Richardson, Certified Financial Planner and sole practitioner at Richardson Elite Financial Strategies. Richardson is also Amazon bestselling author of “‘Til Money Do Us Part: Financial Planning for Couples.” The topic of conversation is, of course, financial planning, but not j ...…
 
Welcome to the Thought-Provoking Absolute Trust Talk Podcast with Kirsten Howe, officially launching April 16, 2018. Estate Planning, Business, and Financial Wellness -- Preparing for the Future Type of Talk Whenever and Wherever You Want It or Need It Most Absolute Trust Talk brings you the best tips, tactics, stories, and strategies that help ...…
 
Unforgiveness comes at a great cost. When we fail to forgive others, it exhausts, isolates, and distracts us. Choosing to forgive is both a point and a process. In this episode, Kevin is joined by Ben Storie a licensed counselor.
 
Humanity needs connection, but we struggle to make a connection with others. Through the story of our first parents, Kevin and John discuss why human connection doesn't come naturally.
 
Today we’re talking about going to Walt Disney World in a wheelchair. I’m not in a chair but my daughter is and I’ve spent many a day pushing her WDW packing in all the fun we could possibly handle. We also have experience with an ECV that my mother has used on our past two trips. I’m going to share with you 5 or more top tips for making your t ...…
 
To be human is to recognize our need for meaningful relationships. While they take effort and will lead to some hurt, failing to connect with others has drastic consequences. In this episode, John Skelly and Kevin Thompson discuss what characterizes meaningful connection.
 
When Adam Gorlitsky, then a 19-year-old college student, awoke from a horrific car accident after falling asleep at the wheel, he was told he would never walk again. The seasoned athlete, who was once celebrated for running a mile in under five minutes, was completely devastated by the news. The thought of not walking again was crushing and a r ...…
 
Lies kill trust, frustrate relationships, and damage intimacy. While no one likes when they are lied to, few of us realize how often we lie to ourselves. The lies we tell ourselves wear on us, isolate us from others, and distract us from productive behavior. Rest, connection, and engagement are found through the truth.…
 
Worry is an app that runs in the background of many of our lies zapping our batteries. It exhausts us without any benefit, isolates us from a healthy community, and distracts us from meaningful work. We can take practical steps to worry less and enjoy more.
 
Today I give you an accessibility report from Pandora - The World of Avatar. I share how to beat the heat and the crowds and give you a look inside the Satu’li Canteen and my experience with mobile ordering. I take you on the Na’vi River Journey and spend some time with the cast members in charge of helping with transfers. I then head over to F ...…
 
We were created to be human. In our humanity, we can recognize the character of God, understand our need, and be in a relationship with Him. Yet, we are tempted to deny who we were created to be. We either overestimate ourselves and believe we are God or we undervalue ourselves and assume we are just an animal. Modern society has created a thir ...…
 
Be Human: Rested, Connected, and Engaged. In episode 1, Kevin interviews John Skelly from Fresh Roots counseling about three characteristics of our times--exhaustion, isolation, and distraction.
 
In this episode I interview Elisheva Schwartz, a dyslexia researcher, mother, wife , intelligence re- define -er and podcast host. She’s on a mission to decode the dyslexic mind, and empower the dyslexic community to fully understand both the strengths and the difficulties of the processing style. Elisheva shares her journey as a student with D ...…
 
Dan Boyle is the dad of two children with special needs. Wheelchairs, life support, autism spectrum disorders… he’s one of those parents that just blows me away! I think I said “wow” at least 50 times during the interview. Dan is also a runner and I’m going to call him the “runDisney with Special Needs” expert. He and his daughter have been run ...…
 
Today we’re talking with Lou Mongello. Lou hosts WDW Radio, the award winning Disney podcast dedicated to celebrating the magic of Walt Disney World. To say he’s a Disney expert is an understatement. Lou is a mentor and friend of mine and I wanted to have him on the show as soon as possible because he probably talks to more people about Disney ...…
 
Vanessa Prince writes runDisney articles (among others) for the WDW Radio blog. You met Vanessa’s son Andrew on the show last week. She’s been taking her family to Disney parks and on the cruise line all around the world for many many years and she’s a pro at how to travel with a family member in a wheelchair. Besides making me aware that you c ...…
 
Andrew Prince writes the Disney on Wheels column for the WDW Radio blog. He’s an 19 year old Disney fan who’s been going to the parks, traveling on the cruise line, going to D23 expos, and rolling in runDisney events for many years. During our interview, Andrew shared with me some of the common questions he gets for his blog, how his Disney exp ...…
 
Amy Schinner wrote the book Mouse Ears for Everyone: A Guide to Walt Disney World for Guests with Special Needs. She was raised to be a Disney kid. She worked for Disney. BUT, she never loved it all as much as when she started to see it through her kid's eyes. Her son Ben is on the Autism Spectrum. He loves the movies and music, but when he vis ...…
 
Hey everybody! Welcome to the first episode of the DizNeeds podcast, my name is Danny Ozment and I’m your host for the podcast dedicated to helping you have the best time possible when traveling to Disney parks and resorts and on Disney Cruise Line with special needs. I’m so excited to be with you today! My goal with this podcast is to help Dis ...…
 
When you're a parent of a child with special needs there is no option for you to be sitting on the sidelines. If you aren't already familiar with advocacy, you will be forced to step outside of your comfort zone as you try to navigate the complex education system. In today's solo episode I take a deeper look at advocacy and the principles of ad ...…
 
In this episode: Planning vacations can be exciting but super stressful for families with young children. However, for families of children with special needs there is often so much more to consider and the planning can be overwhelming. Today I talk with Katherine Resch, a travel consultant working as an independent contractor through Happily E ...…
 
Are you struggling with balancing an inflexible job with parenting a child with special needs? Today's guest, Jen Turrell, was quickly forced to find alternatives ways to reinvent herself after her two daughters were diagnosed with autism. Jen shares a little bit about her family story and how she quickly realized that becoming an entrepreneur ...…
 
Life can throw you curve balls and today's guest shares with us her family's journey in the world of special needs and how it's change her life. Sue Bassett believes everything happens for a reason and decided early on to turn her obstacles into opportunities. Listen to find out how Sue views change as she shares her story and provides tips on ...…
 
Do you need your own parent-teen whisperer? My guest today is Monica Boeru, a Certified Life Coach and a Parent Educator. As a Parent Educator, Monica's mission is to help parents navigate the pre-adolescent and adolescent years with less tension and a deeper connection between parents and their children. Her conscious and mindful approach to p ...…
 
What kind of advocate are you? In today's episode, I talk a little bit more about my journey as a parent to two children with unique learning differences. Along the way I have become a "go to" person for supporting other parents to navigate the education system. Find out why and what I've observed along the way that leads me to believe their ar ...…
 
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