Kirsten L. Ambach

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Kirsten L. Ambach

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Kirsten L. Ambach is a shareholder in Karr Tuttle Campbell’s Tax, Trusts & Estates Department and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, business succession, and trust and estate administration. Ms. Ambach counsels clients on all facets of a sophisticated estate plan, including tax strategies, complex trusts, asset protection, intrafamily gifts, and other wealth transfers. She has been recognized for her work on several occasions, including being named a 2016 Seattle “Five Star Financial Service Professional” and a 2017 "Five Star Investment Professional" by Seattle Magazine.

Kirsten L. Ambach is a shareholder in Karr Tuttle Campbell’s Tax, Trusts & Estates Department and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, business succession, and trust and estate administration. Ms. Ambach counsels clients on all facets of a sophisticated estate plan, including tax strategies, complex trusts, asset protection, intrafamily gifts and other wealth transfers, and vacation property preservation. She advises owners of closely-held businesses on formation, transfer, and succession plans. Ms. Ambach guides individual and professional fiduciaries through the estate and trust administration process.

Ms. Ambach received her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law, where she graduated with Highest Honors. She is active in the Washington State and King County Bar Associations. Ms. Ambach is currently serving on the editorial board of the Washington State Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Section newsletter and was elected to be a member of the Estate Planning Counsel of Seattle. She was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2008-2012, and a “Super Lawyer” in 2015 and 2016. She was designated a “Five Star Wealth Manager” in 2012 and 2013,  a “Five Star Financial Service Professional” in 2016, and a “Five Star Investment Professional” in 2017 by Seattle Magazine. Ms. Ambach received dual B.A.s from the University of Washington and an M.A. from Columbia University.

  • Estate and Tax Planning
  • Probate and Trust Settlement
  • “Portability, Estate, Gift, GST Taxes, and Basis,” Estate Administration Boot Camp, Network for Business Innovation CLE, August 2016
  • “Tax Planning and Reporting,” Advanced Estate and Trust Administration, Network for Business Innovation CLE, March 2016
  • “Inventory and Appraisement,” The Probate Process from Start to Finish, Network for Business Innovation CLE, May 2015
  • “RLT Trust Structures” and “Spendthrift Discretionary Trusts,” Revocable Living Trusts from Start to Finish, Network for Business Innovation CLE, August 2014
  • Estate Planning for the Small to Medium Sized Estate,
    Washington State Bar Association CLE, Co-Chair and Presenter of “Estate Planning for the Nontraditional Family,” April 2010
  • Estate Planning for the Small to Medium Sized Estate, Washington State Bar Association CLE, Co-Chair, April 2009
  • Probate Boot Camp, Washington State Bar Association CLE, Chair, July 2008
  • “Marital Tax Planning,” Basic Washington Estate Planning Skills: Series 7, University of Washington School of Law, Conferences and Continuing Education, November 2006
  • “The Drafting of Testamentary Trusts,” Washington Estate Planning Deskbook (Washington State Bar Association, 2005)
  • “Tax and Financial Planning Issues of Domestic Partnerships,” 2005 Federal Tax Workshops, Inc., CLE for Washington Society of CPAs, September 2005
  • “Living Wills and Other End of Life Instruments,” Washington State Bar Association CLE, April 2005
  • “Miranda’s Poisoned Fruit Tree: The Admissibility of Physical Evidence Derived from an Unwarned Statement,” 78 Washington Law Review 757, 2003
  • University of Washington School of Law
    • Juris Doctor with Highest Honors
    • Honors:
      • Order of the Coif
      • 2003 Delta Theta Phi Award
    • Washington Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Columbia University
    • Master of Arts, Social Studies, Education
    • Honors: E. Colford Morris Award
  • University of Washington
    • Bachelor of Arts, English, summa cum laude
    • Bachelor of Arts, History, summa cum laude
    • Honors: 1997 Dean’s Medal of Honor for the Outstanding Graduating Student in Humanities
  • Washington State Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Estate and Gift Tax Committee, 2014-present
    • Editor, Real Property, Probate and Trust Newsletter, 2008-present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Counsel of Seattle
  • King County Bar Association, Newcomers Resource Project, Estate Planning Volunteer (2005-2017)
  • King County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services, Estate Planning Volunteer (2011-Present)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, Children’s Legacy Advisor (2014-Present)

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