Gould Cooksey Fennell

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William N. Kirk

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Pinnacle Award Recipient for Excellence in Charitable Planning (2015)

The Florida Bar Association, Tax Section and Real Property and Probate Section
Indian River County Bar Association
Indian River Estate Planning Council, past President and past Director

United Way Foundation of Indian River County, Board of Directors and past Chairman (2006-2016)
United Way of Indian River County, past Director (2009-2015)
Vero Beach Museum of Art Planned Giving Council
VNA Foundation Giving Active Council

Kansas State University (B.S., cum laude, 1986)
Washburn University, School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1990)
University of Miami, School of Law (LL.M., Estate Planning, 2003)

Lifelong fan of K-State Athletics and K.C. Chiefs
80’s Music and Wood-Fired BBQ

Kansas Open Meetings: An Executive Session Primer, 8 Kan. Mun. L. Ann. 153-68 (1991), also published in 9 Kan. Govt. J. 248-53 (1991), and cited by Michael R. Heim, Kansas Local Government Law §5.19 at 5-5 (1991).

William N. Kirk

Trusts, Estates & Tax

William N. Kirk co-chairs our firm’s Estate Planning & Tax Group, concentrating his practice on sophisticated estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, and related areas of taxation. He was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm in northwestern Kansas, and joined Gould Cooksey Fennell in 2004.  Mr. Kirk maintains an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer.

Mr. Kirk graduated first in his class at Washburn University School of Law in 1990, earning eleven American Jurisprudence Awards for receiving the highest grade in nearly one-third of his law school courses. He was Notes Editor of the Washburn Law Journal and earned membership in the Washburn Moot Court Council.   Following his law school graduation, he focused his practice on business and securities transactions.  In 1996, he left the private practice of law and became a principal and executive officer of a family-owned, multi-unit restaurant company located in Palm Beach County, Florida.   In 2002, Mr. Kirk commenced his studies in taxation and estate planning at the University of Miami, School of Law, where he earned an LL.M. in Estate Planning in 2003, and was recognized as an Estate Planning Fellow because of his academic achievement and potential for excellence in the field of estate planning.

Apart from the practice of law, Mr. Kirk is invested in the future of the community and volunteers his time with various civic and charitable organizations.  He served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way Foundation of Indian River County, at its inception and for three years thereafter.  In connection with that service, he was recognized as the 2015 recipient of the Pinnacle Award, which honors professional advisors for outstanding voluntary service to Indian River County non-profit organizations in promoting charitable giving through estate and gift planning.

Blogs By: William N. Kirk
The Wisdom of Heraclitus

The Wisdom of Heraclitus

GCF's Will Kirk recently co-authored a guest column featured in the Indian River Community Foundation Newsletter. The Wisdom of Heraclitus

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Protecting the Successor Trustee with Beneficiary Waiver or Release

Protecting the Successor Trustee with Beneficiary…

Roles of a Successor Trustee   An important benefit of a trust is the ability of the settlor to provide for the succession of a new trustee…

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Providing Solutions for Advisors and Clients

Providing Solutions for Advisors and Clients

GCF's William Kirk serves on the Executive Committee of the Indian River Community Foundation's Professional Advisors Council. He recently wrote the following guest column featured in…

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