Bob Kirkland has the honor of speaking at the Central Iowa Society of Financial Service Professionals on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club.
Bob will be giving his presentation: "Pixar for Estate Planners" which emphasizes the need to plan ahead for the disposition and security of digital assets as well as instruct professionals how to administer such assets post death.
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Bob Kirkland presented The SECURE (“Sending Everyone Cowering Under Reduced Expectations”) ACT and Other Recent Developments in Estate Planning for Retirement Assets via webcast at the 47th Annual Midwest Estate Tax & Business Planning Institute that was to be held in Indianapolis.
Bob Kirkland will again be presenting at the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Planning for Large Estates. This year the event is being held via webcast.
Bob's presentation this year is entitled "Recent Developments in Planning for Retirement Assets " and it will cover the SECURE Act passed by Congress right before the end of 2019.
This Act represents a sea change in the area of estate planning for retirement benefits. Mr. Kirkland will discuss a summary of this new law, open questions left in its wake, and planning ramifications going forward. Additionally, there are a number of other event developments in planning for retirement assets, which will also be covered.
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During these unprecedented times, it is our pleasure to announce the addition of Susan Teason as an attorney at our firm. She will officially start on Monday, April 6, 2020.
To Our Clients and Friends:
We must all do our part to help contain the spread of COVID-19. While we continue to serve your legal needs, for the health and safety of our clients and employees, we have made the decision to temporarily close all four of our physical offices. Rest assured that we remain fully operational and the attorneys and staff of Kirkland Woods and Martinsen LLP are working remotely and have full access to email and voicemail during this time. A directory of our attorneys and their contact information is available here: https://www.kwm-law.com/professionals.html.
We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work hard to ensure that you continue to receive the highest level of service from us. We look forward to welcoming you back into our physical office locations as soon as it is safe to do so.
We wish you and your families good health!
-The Attorneys and Staff of Kirkland Woods & Martinsen, LLP
Bob Kirkland had the honor of speaking at two different events in February.
First, he presented at the 2020 Florida Tax Institute in Tampa:
His presentation "Dawn of the Dead - The Planning Continues Beyond the Grave" addressed issues that estate planning attorney's regularly encounter upon a client's death such as trust modifications, timely actions and tax reduction planning with respect to qualified retirement plans and IRAs, managing, securing and disposing of the decedent's digital presence, possible disclaimers, and income, gift and estate compliance.
Most recently he presented at the Southwest Florida STEP event today regarding Digital Assets.
Over the weekend, on February 1, 2020, we celebrated our 20th Anniversary. We are humbled and excited to have the pleasure of celebrating this amazing milestone.
Robert (Bob) Kirkland started the firm as a solo practitioner by opening the first office in Liberty, Missouri on February 1, 2000. The firm added a second office in Overland Park, Kansas, when a few years later, Richard (Dick) Woods joined Bob. Our firm became known as Kirkland, Woods and Martinsen with the addition of partner, Scott Martinsen. We were fortunate to gain Dan Wheeler after he left his position as Commissioner of the Jackson County Probate Court.
We have proudly grown to provide our services throughout Missouri in Springfield, Missouri, with partner Emily Kembell, and in St. Louis, Missouri with our partner John Challis.
In addition to our partners we several of counsel and associate attorneys, and our wonderful group of paralegals and staff in our various locations to serve our clients.
The focus of our practice has always been and remains estate planning, probate and estate administration, guardianship and conservatorships, fiduciary litigation, and related matters. We combine our collective experience in a small boutique setting allowing us to represent clients of all generations and estates of all sizes, as well as addressing their related needs.
To all our past clients, current clients, and valued professionals: THANK YOU! We look forward to continuing to provide quality estate planning, fiduciary litigation, and probate legal services for the next twenty years and beyond.
Kirkland Woods & Martinsen is pleased to announce that John Challis was recently published in the November-December 2019 edition of the Journal of The Missouri Bar.
John's article, which was featured on the Journal's cover, discusses the current status of electronic will legislation across the country and addresses some of the issues that Missouri lawyers should consider. While Missouri does not currently have electronic will legislation, with the Uniform Law Commission's recent passage of the Uniform Electronic Wills Act, and with a number of states passing their own legislation, this is an issue that Missouri lawyers and legislators will need to address soon.
John's article is available here and the entire edition of the Journal is available here.
John is a partner in the firm's St. Louis office and can be contacted at email@example.com or 314-944-5201.
Kirkland Woods & Martinsen focuses its practice on estate planning, administration, litigation, and related matters. The firm has four offices in Liberty, Missouri; Overland Park, Kansas; Springfield, Missouri; and St. Louis, Missouri. The firm has fourteen attorneys across these offices and assists individual and business clients in all matters relates to trusts and estates. More information is available at www.kwm-law.com.