York and Howell are both double graduates of the University of Utah having received their Bachelors of Science from the David Eccles School of Business and their law degrees from the S.J. Quinney College of Law. York is a Certified Personal Accountant (CPA) and licensed to practice law in Alaska and Utah, and Howell is licensed in Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, Texas, and Utah.
Their third partner, Kamron Keele, earned his Master's degree in Taxation from Georgetown University, was a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Tax Court for two years and is licensed in New York as well as Utah.
Together, the three attorneys specialize in comprehensive estate planning, practical asset protection, sophisticated business structuring, effective tax planning, and impactful charitable giving.
"We have a lot of clients up here in Summit and Wasatch counties who don't like going all the way down to Salt Lake too much, and I don't blame them," Howell said. "And we saw the need for what we do and what we specialize in here in Park City, having wealth transfers being taken care of appropriately."
York Howell also desires to move their firm into the 21st century by going paperless, using the Cloud to store files, and using "face time" technology on iPads and computers to meet with clients anywhere in the United States, he said.
Using new technology to meet with people is York Howell's attempt to make communication between a client's financial advisor, accountant, insurance agent and attorney more efficient.
"When you are working with a lawyer, you are paying for that lawyer's time," Howell said. "Therefore, that lawyer ought to have a significant emphasis on making that time as efficient as possible."
According to Howell, the client is the customer, and the attorneys are the ones who need to listen and create the best results. What he said they do is not fight with people "like you see on TV," but talking to people about their plans and helping them to sleep well at night.
"Our best referrals come from existing clients," Howell said. "That's the best way to practice the law we practice, and we intend to keep doing as such."