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William N. Kirk was born in Norton, Kansas and joined Gould Cooksey Fennell in 2004 where he now co-chairs the Estate Planning and Tax Group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of sophisticated estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, and complex business transactions.


Mr. Kirk received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the Washburn University School of Law in 1990. Graduating first in his law school class, he earned eleven American Jurisprudence Awards for receiving the highest grade in nearly one-third of his law school courses, including wills and estates, trusts, taxation, contracts, real property, corporations, partnerships, and ethics. In addition, he served as the Notes Editor of the Washburn Law Journal and was a member of the Washburn Moot Court Council. Mr. Kirk earned an LL.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law where he was named an Estate Planning Fellow because of his academic achievement and potential for excellence in the field of estate planning.


Following graduation from the Washburn University School of Law, Mr. Kirk joined the corporate business department of Foulston & Siefkin L.L.P., the largest law firm based entirely in the State of Kansas, where he focused his practice on complex 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 and became a member of the Florida Bar.


Mr. Kirk is a Past President of the Indian River County Estate Planning Council and Past Director of the Planned Giving Council of Indian River. He is a member of the Indian River County Bar Association and of the Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections of the American Bar Association and the Florida Bar.


Apart from the practice of law, Mr. Kirk is also involved in various civic and charitable organizations. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Indian River County, and acts as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way Foundation of Indian River County. He also serves on various advisory councils, including the Professional Advisors Council of the Indian River Community Foundation and The VNA Foundation Planeed Giving Active Council. He has also served in various leadership roles for the St. Edwards Cub Scout Pack 512 for eight years, including Den Leader, Cubmaster and Pack Committee Chairman.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    14 years
  2. Tax: 30%
    14 years
  3. Probate: 25%
    14 years
  4. Business: 10%
    26 years



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Contact info

Gould Cooksey Fennell, P.A.

979 Beachland Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL, 32963-1688


FLMember in Good Standing200206/19/2016
KSAuthorized to practice law199007/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pinnacle AwardIndian River Estate Planning Council2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
LL.M. Esate PlanningUniversity of Miami2003
Estate Planning FellowUniversity of Miami School of Law2002
Washburn Law JournalWashburn University School of Law1988
Washburn Moot Court CouncilWashburn University School of Law1987
Phi Kappa PhilKansas State University1986
Blue Key Honor SocietyKansas State University1985
American Jurisprudence AwardWashburn University School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co-Chair, Estate Planning and Tax GroupGould Cooksey Fennell, P.A.2012 - Present
PartnerGould Cooksey Fennell, P.A.2004 - Present
Executive Vice President and General CounselHeatWave Incorporation1996 - 2002
AssociateFoulston Siefkin LLP1990 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
United Way Foundation of Indian River CountyChairman of the Board of Directors2012 - Present
VNA Foundation Planned GivingActive Council2011 - Present
Indian River Community FoundationProfessional Advisors Council2011 - Present
United Way of Indian River CountyBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Florida Bar Association, Taxation SectionMember2002 - Present
Indian River County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
Indian River Estate Planning CouncilPresident2009 - 2010
Planned Giving Council of Indian RiverDirector2007 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re: Termination of TrustPetitioner's requested relief granted.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Indian River Coummunity Foundation NewsletterProviding Solutions for Advisors and Clients2012
Kansas Municipal Law AnnualKansas Open Meetings: An Executive Session Primer1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawEstate PlanningLL.M - Estate Planning2003
Washburn University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Kansas State UniversityAgriculture EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CPA Roundtable Luncheon (Scheduled for December 2009)Using Alternative Valuation Date for Funding Estate Tax Exemption and Marital Deduction Shares in a "Zero Tax" Estate Plan2009