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Kurt Zimmerman has practiced law for 25 years in the areas of real property, probate and trust law. He began his practice at the national law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago. Kurt’s practice focuses on personalized estate planning for individuals, couples and families. He has a broad range of experience including wills, revocable trusts, business entity planning, planning for non-citizen spouses, and irrevocable trusts, including life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, dynasty trusts and charitable trusts.


Kurt earned his law degree at Vanderbilt University, where he served as President of the Vanderbilt Bar Association and was selected by the faculty as recipient of the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Prize, which goes to the graduate who “is not only well versed in the law, but who shows the highest conception of the ethics of the profession.”


Kurt earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan, where he was a four-year letterman in baseball, earning 1st Team Academic All-Big Ten, 1st Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Tournament MVP, and Wolverine Award honors (“most inspirational player”). Kurt and his teammates (including major leaguers Jim Abbott of the California Angels, Barry Larkin and Chris Sabo of the Cincinnati Reds, and Scott Kamieniecki and Hal Morris of the New York Yankees) made two consecutive appearances in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska (1983 & 1984) and won three Big Ten Championships. Kurt played for the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod summer baseball league, the nation’s preeminent college summer league.


Prior to attending the University of Michigan, Kurt was one of 50 Americans selected as an English-Speaking Union Scholar, earning a scholarship for one year of post-graduate study at Ellesmere College in England.


Kurt serves on the Board of Directors of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation and the YMCA of Broward County. Kurt is a member of the United Way's Tocqueville Society and is a graduate of Leadership Broward (Class XVI). For many years, Kurt was as a Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward.


Kurt is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the Broward County Bar Association, the Estate Planning Council of Broward County, and WealthCounsel.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 80%
  2. Probate: 10%
  3. Real Estate: 10%



Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lawrence Jay Davis

    Kurt and I recently worked together on a project. His commitment to quality and dedication to the task was admirable. I also found that Kurt has an impeccable level of ethical standards. Therefore I will have no hesitation referring work to his office.


    Lawrence Davis Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kirsten Elizabeth Howe

    I have known Kurt Zimmerman through an organization to which we both belong. It has been my great pleasure to share ideas and work with him and I have benefited, as I am certain his clients do, from knowing him. Kurt is an outstanding, dedicated professional who focuses on the needs of his clients and ensures that the planning they do is what is needed to accomplish their goals. I endorse Kurt without reservation.


    Kirsten Howe Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Zimmerman & Associates
2400 E Commercial Blvd Ste 820
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333084054


FLMember in Good Standing199306/21/2016
ILAdministrative - Not Authorized to Practice199005/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite - Wills, Trusts & EstatesFlorida Trend Magazine2011
2009 Top 100 South Florida Small BusinessBusiness Leader Media2009
Bell Prize for "highest conception of ethics of profession"Vanderbilt Law School1990
Academic All-Big Ten, First TeamBig Ten Conference1986
All-Big Ten, First TeamBig Ten Conference1986
Wolverine Award ("Most inspirational player")University of Michigan Athletic Department1986
Academic All-Big Ten, Second TeamBig Ten Conference1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateMcDermott Will & Emery1990 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
United Way of Broward CountyTocqueville Society2013 - Present
Community Foundation of BrowardProfessional Advisors Council2013 - Present
YMCA of Broward CountyBoard of Directors; Executive Committee; Advancement Committee2012 - Present
Broward Performing Arts FoundationBoard of Directors; Planned Giving Committee2011 - Present
Joint Tax & Estate Planning SeminarCo-Chair (2012); Steering Committee2010 - Present
Broward Bank of CommerceBoard of Advisors2010 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Academy of Florida Elder Law AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Elder CounselMember2009 - Present
Academy of Special Needs PlannersMember2009 - Present
WealthCounselMember2008 - Present
Lauderdale Yacht ClubMember2006 - Present
Leadership Broward FoundationMember Class XVI1997 - Present
Coral Ridge Country ClubMember1997 - Present
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward CountyBig Brother1996 - Present
Estate Planning Council of Broward CountyMember1995 - Present
Broward County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Florida BarMember1993 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Vanderbilt Law School Bar AssocitaionPresident1989 - 1990
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Family business succession planningCrafted family business succession plan
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Publication nameTitleDate blogTrustee Selection for Irrevocable Trusts2011
Wealth CounselorUsing a Limited Liability Company (LLC) to Transfer a Family Business2011
Wealth CounselorPlanning with the $5 Million Gift Tax Exemption2011
Wealth CounselorPlanning Opportunities Under 2010 Tax Act2011
Wealth CounselorHighlights of the New Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Tax Legislation2011
Elder Law AnswersLooking Ahead2010
Wealth CounselorTransferring a Business to Key Employees2010
Florida Estate Planning BlogQuestions Answered -- What You (and Your Loved Ones) Need to Know About Long-Term Care Insurance2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Michigan, Ann ArborPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Ellesmere College England (overseas exchange student)N/AEnglish-Speaking Union Scholar1982
Cranbrook SchoolN/AHigh School1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Opportunities for Philanthropy in Your Financial LifeCharitable planning2014
Community Foundation of Broward Professional Advisors CouncilTransitioning the Family Business2014
Maximizing IRA OpportunitiesIRA retirement trusts2011
You earned it, now protect it!Estate planning2010
Estate Tax, Income Tax, and Life Insurance Planning with Charitable Lead TrustsCharitable Lead Trusts2009
Asset Protecting IRAs – Including Inherited IRAs – with Retirement TrustsIRA Retirement Trusts2009