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The Counts Law Firm, LLC
4200 Somerset Drive
Suite 200
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Telephone (816) 753-0900
Fax (816) 753-0901
info@countslawkc.com
Heather Counts Garrett
Heather L. Counts, Esp., Attorney at Law in Kansas and Missouri
(816) 581-4391
hcounts@countslawkc.com

Practice Areas
Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts
Tax Planning & Controversy
Corporate Law & Business Transactions
Business Succession Planning
Trust Administration & Probate Estates
Guardianships & Conservatorships
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Asset Protection Planning
Tax Exempt Organizations

Experience
The Counts Law Firm, LLC Owner/Principal, 2009 – Present

Vincent Fontg & Hansen LLC
Of Counsel, 2006 – 2009

Heart of America United Way
Director of Planned Giving, 2005 – 2006

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, LLP
Associate, 2000 – 2005

Bar Admissions
Missouri
Kansas
United States Tax Court

Education
University of Kansas School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2000

Missouri State University
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1996
(formerly Southwest Missouri State University)

Justus-Liebig Universitaet (Giessen, Germany)
Participant in International Student Exchange Program, 1995

Professional Associations & Activities
Missouri Bar Association – Member
Kansas Bar Association – Member
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association – Member
Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium
– Chair (2014 – 2015)
– Speakers Committee Chair (2013 – 2014)
– Marketing Committee Co-Chair (2010 – Present)
– Director (2009 – Present)
Estate Planning Society of Kansas City
– Member
– Board of Directors (2009 – 2010; 2012 – Present)

Speaking & Teaching
UMKC School of Law – Adjunct Professor – Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits (2008 – Present)

Ethical Scenarios and Attorney Malpractice – Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education – Annual

Estate & Trust Institute – 2013

How to Proceed Through Probate – Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education – Stepping Up & Stepping Out: The New Lawyer Experience – 2011

The Honeymoon is Over: Estate Planning Considerations for the Divorcing Client – Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education – Annual Estate & Trust Institute – 2011

Ethical Issues for the Tax Practitioner – UMKC School of Law Continuing Legal Education – Recent Developments in Federal Taxes (2011 – 2013); 15-Hour Review of the Law – 2011 & 2012

Advanced Business Planning – UMKC School of Law Continuing Legal Education – Co-Chair of Program – 2010

Planning for the Seriously Ill – Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education – Annual Estate & Trust Institute – 2010

Estate & Trust Issues for the LGBT Community – Kansas Bar Association – LGBT Legal Issues – 2009

Navigating the Law’s Highest Duty: Serving as a Trustee without Becoming a Defendant – Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education – Annual Estate & Trust Institute – 2003

Community Involvement
Children’s Mercy Hospital Donald H. Chisholm Planned Giving Council
– Executive Committee (2013 – Present); Member (2007 – Present)

Centurions (Greater KC Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program)
– 2007 Graduate

Ronald McDonald House Charities – Planned Giving Committee
– Member (2009 – Present)

The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City
– Board of Directors (2013 – Present)
– Investment Committee (2010 – Present)

Volunteer Attorney Project – a pro bono program of Legal Aid of Western Missouri – volunteer tax attorney for low income clients (2010 – Present)

Distinctions
Named to the 40 Under Forty Class of 2012 by Ingram’s – Kansas City’s Business Magazine

Selected as a Missouri & Kansas Rising Star – Super Lawyers (2011 – 2014)

Raymond Rice Foundation Scholar at University of Kansas School of Law

Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Missouri State University

Presidential Scholar at Missouri State University

Personal
Heather is a native of Salina, Kansas, and has been a resident of the Kansas City area for fourteen years. She currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, David Garrett.

Neither the Supreme Courts nor the Bars of Missouri or Kansas review or approve certifying organizations or specialist designations.
 
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