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You have worked hard to achieve success. Now you want to make sure your assets are protected, your golden years spent in comfort, and your loved ones well taken care of after you are gone. I have dedicated my career to helping individuals and families from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds do just that. The estate plans I create for you and the people you love will protect your hard-earned assets, use the tax laws to utmost advantage so you pay minimal, if any, tax, ensure your children’s inheritance, enable you to pass on your values, goals and work ethic, and provide for a smooth and profitable ‘exit’ if you own a business. In sum, I will help protect both your family and your legacy. And even if you already have a plan, chances are I can make it significantly better. After all, an outdated or inadequate plan is often worse than no plan at all.

If you don’t have an estate plan, the IRS will create one for you. Not surprisingly, the IRS’s plan will not focus on minimizing taxes or looking out for the best interests of you and your heirs. That’s not the IRS’s goal. It is mine.


We provide all of the following estate planning services and more:

  • Traditional estate planning, including wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives

  • Advanced estate planning, including irrevocable life insurance trusts, gift programs, minors’ trusts, generation-skipping trusts, tax planning

  • Business planning, including family limited liability companies, family limited partnerships, structured ownership, reorganization, succession

  • Probate, trust and estate administration


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    14 years
  2. Business: 25%
    28 years
  3. Probate: 25%
    11 years



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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Matthew Scott Crider

    Kirsten is an accomplished attorney with a level of professionalism, responsiveness and balanced approach to the practice of law that clients deserve.


    Matthew Crider Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John Nosrat Massih

    Kirsten is a very talented attorney and a truly caring person. I have looked to her for input in the past and found her to be very knowledgeable and willing to share her experience. She is a wonderful person and lawyer.


    John Massih Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1615 Bonanza Street, Suite 324
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596-4531


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Kirsten Howe2005 - Present
AssociateLaw Office of Jeremy D. Weinstein1997 - 2009
AssociateMorgenstein & Jubelirer LLP1987 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valleymember2007 - Present
Mt. Diablo Business WomenPresident2007 - 2011
Contra Costa County Bar Associationmember1997 - Present
State Bar of Californiamember1986 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of Michigan Law SchoolBiologyOther - Bachelors1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ten Gruesome Estate Planning MistakesEstate Planning2011
Estate Planning Bootcamp for AdvisorsEstate Planning2010
Estate Planning Bootcamp for AdvisorsEstate Planning2009