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Richard Irwin Kantner Jr.

Estate planning Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Rick Kantner, The Kantner Law Firm, PL

  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 17 years
    Florida - FL 30 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1993
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills, Trusts, Estates (Probate). Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Health Care Surrogates

    31 years

  2. Elder law
    Medicaid Planning for long-term care. Veteran's Benefits, Assistance with nursing home and assisted living placements and home health care referrals. Review nursing home and assisted living resident admission contracts. Help arrange pre-paid funeral and cremation contracts. Asset and document registrations.

    26 years

  3. Real estate
    Contracts, Closing Services, Title Insurance, Deeds, Leases, Negotiations

    31 years

  4. Business
    Formation of LLC, Corporations, Business Succession Planning, Annual Minutes, Annual filings with Sate of Florida, Registered Agent services

    31 years

Richard (“Rick”) Kantner, of The Kantner Law Firm, PL has been practicing law in Florida since 1993.  Rick is admitted to the Florida Bar (1993), Tennessee Bar, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, U.S. Supreme Court, and United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. His practice focuses on Wills, Trusts, and Estates (Probate), Elder Law, including Medicaid nursing home planning and Veterans Administration Benefits, Asset Protection, Business Entities, and Real Estate transactions.

Rick has servied on many indisty and community organization boards, including the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association ("FPA") of Tampa Bay; The Florida Bar 6th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (2008 – 2011 term); the Professional Advisory Board of Suncoast Hospice Foundation; Metropolitan Ministries Professional Advisory Council; Council of Excellence of the Bayfront Hospital Foundation; the Board of Directors of the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, and the Board of Directors of Friends of the Sunshine Senior Center.  Rick is a member of the Florida Bar Association (Elder Law section), National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, St. Petersburg Bar Association; Guardianship Association of Pinellas County, Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Better Living for Seniors/Pinellas – Pasco Area Agency on Aging, is an Accredited VA Claims Attorney.  The Kannter Law Firm maintains offices in St. Petersburg (main office) and Palm Harbor.

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Palm Harbor office - 2134 Alternate 19, Suite B


The Kantner Law Firm, PL
424 22nd Avenue N.
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33704
The Kantner Law Firm
2134 Alt 19, Suite B
Palm Harbor, FL, 34683
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Posted by Lee Ann | February 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Rick clearly knows all that there is to know about Elder Law. He was able to articulate every step he took so that I could see how every decision he made was the best choice for me. If you want to be confident that you’re getting the best long-term care planning possible, then I absolutely recommend Rick Kantner for elder planning services.
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Posted by Amy | August 26, 2013
Endorsement for Rick Kantner
I have referred clients to Rick Kantner, and all have been extremely pleased with his work. Rick is professional, diligent and thorough, and he is an excellent communicator. I am immensely confident in Rick and will continue to refer clients to him in the future.
Posted by Alison | August 31, 2011
Excellent Attorney and Very Effective
Mr. Kantner represented me approximately eight months ago when a former employer began harassing me. The harrasment escalated to stalking and a restraining order/ injunction was required after the employer entered my property, stole mail and other items and began sending threatening emails. Shortly after the injunction was put into place, the employer put forth a motion to have it completely dissolved. At that hearing, Mr. Kantner did such an excellent job of cross-examining the defense's experts and witnesses that not only was the injunction upheld, but the judge actually added five additional years to the order. During the entire case, Mr. Kantner was always very responsive to questions and concerns, and made himself available to discuss teh case. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney to represent them.
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Posted by David | August 1, 2011
Highly Recommend Attorney Kantner
Rick has helped me with various legal matters, including my real estate planning and real estate transactions for the last 15 years. He has always been extremely thorough, responsive, professional, knowledgeable, and has the highest ethics. I whole-heartedly recommend Attorney Kantner!
Posted by M. Ryan Nolen | April 8, 2011
Attorney Kantner is the attorney I trust to handle my Real Estate closings.
Attorney Kantner has handle many Real Estate closings for me. He has guided me through many Real Estate traps, so that I did not loose money. He s very trust worthy and knowledgable in Real Estate Law.


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Work Experience

  • owner/principal
  • The Kantner Law Firm, PL
  • 2009 - Present
  • attorney
  • Joseph F. Pippen, Jr. & Associates, PL
  • 1993 - 2009


  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Carson Newman University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Licensed to practice
  • 2013 - Present
  • Metropolitan Ministries
  • Member - Planned Giving Professional Advisory Council
  • 2013 - Present
  • Vinoy Business Alliance
  • founding member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
  • Approved Title Agent
  • 2010 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Accredited Claims Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Suncoast Hospice Foundation
  • member - Professional Advisors Council
  • 2009 - Present
  • Eldercare Matters Alliance
  • member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Attorney's Title Fund Services, LLC
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Council of Neighborhood Associations - St. Petersburg
  • Mentor
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Friends of the Sunshine Senior Center
  • Member - Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Council of Neighborhood Associations
  • member - 2011 leadership class
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Bayfront Hospital Foundation
  • Member - Council of Excellence
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association
  • Member - Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Better Living for Seniors
  • general member and Public Relations committee member
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Pinellas Guardianship Association
  • member
  • 2009 - 2015
  • 6th Judicial Circuit Bar Grievance Committee
  • attorney member
  • 2008 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • Sustained Excellence in US Estate Planning
  • Acquisition International
  • 2013
  • BV Distinguished Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Society of Accountants (CE credits)
  • The New Florida Power of Attorney Act
  • 2011
  • Florida Society of Accountants (CE credits)
  • Estate Planning 101; A Lifetime Process
  • 2010
  • 2007 Financial Professionals Exposition
  • Estate Planning, Probate Avoidance and Asset Protection
  • 2007
  • Live personal-finance seminar
  • 2000 Money Sense
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Endorse Richard
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I frequently refer clients to Rick for estate planning and elder law because he is a highly competent, reliable and trustworthy lawyer. All clients I have referred to Rick have been extremely pleased. He is always professional and approachable in business settings, and he even devotes time to serving numerous charities and causes. I endorse Rick Kantner and will continue to refer clients to him."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is a well respected lawyer in our community, and is extremely knowledgeable in estate planning, probate/trust administration, Medicaid planning, and elder law. He is bright, hardworking, compassionate, and very personable with clients. Rick is a top notch lawyer and advocate, and I am confident referring clients to him, knowing that they will be well taken care of. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is well-versed in elder law and estate planning issues for seniors and their families. He has helped several clients navigate tough issues dealing with the liquidation of their assets, questions about Medicare/Medicaid coverage, and long-term care benefits. He is always courteous and professional- taking time with each of his clients to ensure that they understand the ins and outs of each legal issue they face. Rick is the kind of attorney you want on your side."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to with Rick a several occasions and he has been more than helpful and is always willing to share his knowledge with me. I have also referred many of my clients to Rick for Medicaid Planning and have always received positive feedback from them. I highly recommend Richard Kantner and will continue to work with him and refer clients to him."
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