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Troy B. Hafner co-chairs the Estate Planning and Tax Group at Gould Cooksey Fennell.  He is Board Certified as a Specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Mr. Hafner's practice is focused on assisting high net worth clients in the areas of sophisticated estate planning, wills, trusts, probate and trust administration, and related areas of taxation.  He is "AV" rated under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system, and is also 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 Magazine, for 2006-2009. 


He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1991, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law, where he was awarded membership in The Order of the Coif and served as a member of the Journal of Law and Public Policy. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Hafner earned the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Estate Planning, with honors, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994.  He holds his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Florida.


He is a member of the Florida Bar and American Bar Associations and belongs to their Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections. Mr. Hafner is also a member of the Indian River Estate Planning Council and the Planned Giving Council of Indian River. He has authored several articles and commentary for publication and has received awards of recognition and scholarship for his work. Mr. Hafner has also garnered a statewide reputation for his work in the complex area of Florida homestead law and has handled 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 Dollars for Scholars of Indian River County.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
    24 years
  2. Probate: 25%
    24 years
  3. Tax: 25%
    24 years
  4. Trusts: 20%
    24 years



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    I endorse this lawyer. Troy and I worked together on a number of rather complicated and sensitive probate matters. Handled all with competence and professionalism. Would recommend him to others.


    Roger Lajoie Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Order of the CoifNational Order of the Coif1991
Board Certification - Wills, Trusts, & EstatesFlorida BarN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co-Chair, Estate Planning & Tax GroupGould Cooksey Fennell, P.A.1999 - Present
PartnerGould Cooksey Fennell, P.A.1999 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember1991 - Present
Indian River County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Indian River Estate Planning CouncilMember1991 - Present
Indian River Planned Giving CouncilMember1991 - Present
Journal of Law and Public PolicyMember1990 - 1991
Indian River County Habitat for HumanityPast PresidentN/A
Dollars for Scholars of Indian River CountyDirector and Excutive CommitteeN/A
Order of the CoifMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nolte v. White, 784 So.2d 493 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001)Settlor's retained interest in Qualified Personal Residence Trust entitled to Homestead tax exemption.
Warburton v. McKean, 877 So.2d 50 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004), reversed, 919 So.2d 341 (Fla. 2005)Florida Supreme Court ruled that protected homestead property could not be applied to satisfy the fixed sum beneficiary even if such beneficiary's bequest would otherwise remain unsatisfied.
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Publication nameTitleDate
James PublishingEditorial Advisory Board, Florida Estate Planning - Pressly/Randolph2009
Journal of Law and Public PolicySecurities Regulation: Rule 10b-5 and the Duty to Disclose Material Information 'In Connection with' Stock Repurchase Agreements1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawEstate PlanningLL.M - Master of Laws with Honors1994
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of FloridaFinanceOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lawyers Estate Planning RoundtableFlorida Homestead Devise and Descent Restrictions Under Various Disposition Clauses and Formula Bequests2009