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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 L. Counts
Heather L. Counts, Esp., Attorney at Law in Kansas and Missouri
(816) 581-4391
hcounts@countslawkc.com

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

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

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 City Estate Planning Symposium
    – Chair (2014 – 2015)
    – Speakers Committee Chair (2013 – 2014)
    – Marketing Committee Co-Chair (2010 – 2013)
    – Director (2009 – Present)
  • Estate Planning Society of Kansas City
    – Member
    – Board of Directors (2009 – 2011; 2012 – 2013)
  • Missouri Bar Subcommittee on Creditor Protection for Inherited IRAs – a subcommittee of the Missouri Bar Probate and Trust Committee (2011)

Speaking & Teaching
  • UMKC School of Law – Adjunct Professor – Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits (2008 – Present); Introduction to Trusts (2019 – Present)
  • Practice Management Panel – Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium – Estate Planning Fundamentals (2019)
  • Considerations when Planning for Same-Sex Couples – Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium – Estate Planning Fundamentals (2017)
  • Update on K.S.A. §59-618a – Johnson County Bar Association – Probate Bench Bar CLE (2016)
  • Trust Funding and Digital Assets – Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium – Estate Planning Fundamentals (2015)
  • IRA Beneficiary Designations and IRAs in Probate – Johnson County Bar Association (2015)
  • IRAs and Retirement Benefits – Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium – Estate Planning Fundamentals (2013)
  • 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
  • Church of the Resurrection Foundation
    – Board of Directors (2021 – Present); Development Committee (2021 – Present)
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital Donald H. Chisholm Planned Giving Council
    – Chair (2017); Executive Committee (2013 – Present); Member (2007 – Present)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
    – Planned Giving Committee (2009 – 2016); Development Committee (2018 – Present)
  • The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City
    – Board of Directors (2013 – 2016)
    – Investment Committee (2010 – 2016)
  • Centurions (Greater KC Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program)
    – 2007 Graduate

Distinctions
  • Named 2015 Best of the Bar – Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration – Kansas City Business Journal
  • 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 since 2000. She enjoys cooking, travel, and spending time with her daughter, Evie Rose.



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