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Troy B. Hafner

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Super Lawyer designation in Estate Planning and Probate
Board Certified as a Specialist in Wills, Trusts, and Estates by The Florida Bar

American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
The Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Indian River County Bar Association
Indian River Estate Planning Council, Member
Planned Giving Council of Indian River, Member

Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County, Director
Indian River County Habitat for Humanity, Past President

University of Florida, (B.S.B.A., 1988), Magna Cum Laude
University of Florida, College of Law (J.D., 1991), With Honors; Order of the Coif.
University of Miami, School of Law (LL.M., Estate Planning, 1994), With Honors

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Securities Regulation: Rule 10b-5 and the Duty to Disclose Material Information. Author. Journal of Law and Public Policy. 1991
Florida Homestead: The Need for Revision. Author. Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar Scholarship Award. 1991.
Florida Estate Planning Treatise, Vols 1&2 - Pressly/Randolph. James Publishing. Editorial Advisory Board. 2009.

Troy B. Hafner

Trusts, Estates & Tax

Troy B. Hafner is a devoted estate planning lawyer with years of experience assisting high net worth clients in the areas of sophisticated estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, trust administration and related areas of taxation.

Mr. Hafner initially joined our firm as a shareholder in 1999. Mr. Hafner co-chairs the firm’s Estate Planning & Tax Group and is Board Certified as a Specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Mr. Hafner is also “AV” rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, and has been listed among Florida’s “Super Lawyers,” a service which identifies the top 5% of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

Mr. Hafner earned his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude in Business Administration (Finance). He then earned his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law in 1991. There, he was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif and served as a member of the Journal of Law and Public Policy. Mr. Hafner also earned his LL.M. in Estate Planning, with honors, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994.

Speaking to his expertise, Mr. Hafner has authored articles and commentary for publication and has garnered several awards of recognition and scholarship for his work. Notably, he holds a statewide reputation for his work in the complex area of Florida homestead law. This niche experience has led him to handle landmark cases at Florida’s District Court and Supreme Court levels.

Apart from his law practice, Mr. Hafner’s civic and charitable involvement includes service as Past President of Indian River County Habitat for Humanity and as a Director and Executive Committee Member of Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County.  He and his family split time between Vero Beach and Santa Barbara, although his career attention and full-time law practice are exclusive to Florida and his Gould Cooksey clientele.  Mr. Hafner telecommutes daily when he is not in Vero Beach.

Blogs By: Troy B. Hafner
Proposed Regulations Dismiss Clawback Concern As To Large Gifts Made From 2018 Through 2025

Proposed Regulations Dismiss Clawback Concern As…

In recent years, our federal transfer tax laws have provided us with very significant jumps in the exemption levels for gift tax and estate tax…

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The New Wealth Transfer Tax Laws and Their Impacts On Existing Estate Plans

The New Wealth Transfer Tax Laws…

NEW ESTATE, GIFT AND GST TAX LAWS On January 1, 2018, the current federal estate tax, gift tax, and generation skipping transfer (GST) tax exemption…

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New Treasury Regulations to Eliminate Tax Valuation Discounts on Family Owned Entities

New Treasury Regulations to Eliminate Tax…

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that would significantly reduce the tax planning benefits involving family limited partnerships and similar structures…

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