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TRUSTED COUNSEL ATTORNEY, VALERIE BARTON CERTIFIED TO ASSIST COMPANIES WITH ADVANCE PLANNING TO INCREASE VALUE ON A SALE WITH PRESTIGIOUS CERTIFIED EXIT PLANNING ADVISOR® DESIGNATION

Trusted Counsel (Ashley) LLC and The Exit Planning Institute (EPI) is pleased to announce that Valerie Barton, a corporate, mergers & acquisitions attorney with Trusted Counsel, is now a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA). The Exit Planning Institute is an organization formed to serve educational and research needs of financial planners and wealth managers, CPAs/accountants, attorneys, commercial lenders, M&A advisors and business brokers, management consultants and other business advisors.

Barton states, “ I now have one of the best credentials in the industry and this certification is a differentiator for me in a changing marketplace. I look forward to continuing my work with business owners on maximizing their business enterprise value and helping them to integrate best in class business practices into their daily operations.”

 To learn more about value creation and exit planning opportunities for your business, please contact Valerie Barton at 404.898.2900 or email Valerie.

 About the CEPA Program

The Certified Exit Planning advisor program was specifically designed for business advisors who work closely with owners of privately held companies. Using an executive MBA-style format, the program is designed around a central methodology and uses a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies and individual exercises to introduce participants to the concepts and to reinforce skills. The program is taught by the Exit Planning Institute’s dedicated faculty of fifteen different instructors, who are all sought after subject matter experts and authors. To receive the CEPA designation, Barton completed an MBA style five-day program that involved approximately 100 hours of pre-course study, 30 hours of classroom instruction and successful completion of a 3-hour proctored examination.

 About Trusted Counsel

Trusted Counsel (Ashley), LLC provides seasoned, practical and confidential legal services for businesses. This corporate and intellectual property law firm is dedicated to serving the unique needs of companies, investors and legal departments. Trusted Counsel’s attorneys’ focus is to guide and empower clients with exceptional legal counsel, knowledge and tools that lead to strategic, yet practicaland informed business decisions. Trusted Counsel’s Managing Partner Evelyn Ashley and Partner John Monahon co-host “In Process: Conversations about Business in the 21st Century,” a podcast show where national guests are interviewed on emerging business trends, ideas and techniques. Find the show as In Process Podcast in your podcast app.

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