Susan Kostal, senior editor

Susan Kostal, Senior Editor of the Legal channel, has covered legal affairs issues as a journalist for more than 20 years. Her work has appeared in San Francisco magazine, ABA Journal , and California Lawyer , and on . She is also an editor for private foundations focusing on policy and healthcare, and she runs roundtable discussions for attorneys and other professional service firms. Susan is a graduate of Drake University and holds a bachelor's degree in news and editorial journalism.

She enjoys keeping up with the many sports activities of her three daughters and notes that her favorite exercise class at the gym is one for seniors. She is the youngest in the class by at least 15 years, and she finds that her most inspiring workout buddies are those in their 60s and 70s. While her parents are healthy and active, Susan is grateful they've understood the importance of planning for their futures and have established trusts, wills, living wills, and durable powers of attorney

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