FREE Educational Seminars

"Do You Know"

A series of free seminars presented by Charlotte State Bank & Trust, Trust and Investment Management Services, to give you an experienced Trust Officer’s perspective on many important issues.

Seminars will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • North Port Office - 4300 Aidan Lane, North Port, FL 34287
  • Murdock Office - 1100 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33953
  • Punta Gorda Office -  2331 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Christine A. Hause
Vice President


  • Bachelor of Science in marketing and management, Siena College, Albany, New York
  • Florida Bankers Association Trust School, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • Florida Bankers Association Graduate Trust School, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • Leadership Charlotte sponsored by the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Class of 1999

How and when “power of attorney” is used?
Learn what activates the responsibilities of your agent in a power of attorney document. Review what he or she is responsible for and the skills they should have. Investigate the protections available for you and your assets from a Trust Officer’s perspective.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 - Punta Gorda

How investment costs and risks are calculated?
Consider all the elements that make up your “all-in costs,” i.e. taxes, cash drag, fees, and trade costs for investing. Analyze the risks (market, interest rate, liquidation, credit, concentration and horizon) each asset carries in the portfolio.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Punta Gorda

How your estate can avoid probate?
A Trust Officer’s review of the pros and cons of the probate process. Analyze the risks and benefits of assigning joint owners or beneficiaries to various assets.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15 - Murdock
  • Thursday, Feb. 22 - Punta Gorda

How to administer and settle a trust estate?
Discover the details needed from a corporate fiduciary for proper trust administration if you become incapacitated or when help is needed. You will also review the necessary steps for a complete estate settlement. Cost saving tips and best practices will be included.

  • Tuesday, March 6 - North Port
  • Tuesday, March 13 - Murdock
  • Tuesday, March 20 - Punta Gorda

If your assets are invested to ensure you will outlive them?
A comprehensive view of how best to structure your investments for growth to outpace inflation and income needs. Rates of returns for various asset classes will be discussed in addition to proper allocations for stocks, bonds, ETFs and cash. Successful strategies and techniques will be explored.

  • Wednesday, March 7 - North Port
  • Wednesday, March 14 - Murdock
  • Wednesday, March 21 - Punta Gorda

What the executor of your estate or personal representative should know?
Increase your knowledge of the skill sets needed to be a good estate administrator of a will. Learn ways to be a more effective personal representative from a corporate fiduciary’s perspective. Gather the details of the probate process in terms of time, pros and cons, and how to effectively avoid probate of certain assets.

  • Thursday, March 8 - North Port
  • Thursday, March 15 - Murdock
  • Thursday, March 22 - Punta Gorda

Although the seminars are free, reservations are required and may be made at any Charlotte State Bank & Trust office or by contacting Francine Wargo at 941-624-1944 or



The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association is hosting a series of seminars addressing the question:

Are You Prepared?

Topics include:

Are You Prepared with a Will or Trust?

  • Friday, March 2

Are You Prepared for Family Controlling Your Finances?

  • Friday, March 9

Are You Prepared to Handle Finances Alone?

  • Friday, March 16

Are You Prepared for Disability or Incapacitation?

  • Friday, March 23


The seminars will be held at the PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda
and are free. While they are open to the public, seating is limited and reservations are
required and may be phoned in to the PGI Civic Association at 941-637-1655.


Our experienced professionals present important information designed to help attendees achieve the financial goals established for themselves and their heirs. They are also available for one-on-one, confidential appointments in which they will take the time to thoroughly understand the important details of your financial position, discuss your plans for the future and help you identify investment, tax and estate planning opportunities.

Call today to make an individual appointment, or ask us about scheduling presentations for your organization’s meetings.

Other Topics Include:

Who best to care for you and your estate?
Is your friend or family capable of making health care and financial decisions for you the same way you would? Does distance and skill set limit that person’s ability to handle the role?

How will interest rate increases affect your portfolio?
If you own or may be offered “levered” assets, you will learn the impact of rate hikes. Learn how long-term bonds and bond funds will be affected. Analyze when municipal bonds are best.

The difference between corporate and individual trustees?
Learn what knowledge and experience is beneficial for each type of trustee. Calculate the cost involved with each and how best to structure your plan.

Investments are not a deposit, not FDIC insured, not insured by any federal government agency, not bank guaranteed and may lose value.