Bob Kirkland is President of the law firm of Kirkland Woods & Martinsen PC, which has offices in Liberty, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas. He works with a variety of individual clients, handling the preparation of Wills, Living Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Irrevocable Trusts, Charitable Trusts and Minor’s Trusts, and counseling clients in the areas of gifting techniques, asset protection, charitable planning and business succession planning. He also advises fiduciaries in estate, conservatorship and trust administration matters. Mr. Kirkland is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”), is the immediate past Missouri State Chair of ACTEC, and is a member of the ACTEC Board of Regents and the ACTEC Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Employee Benefits Committee (Vice-Chair), Charitable Planning and Exempt Organizations Committee, Sponsorship Advisory Committee, and Bylaws and Manuals Committee of ACTEC. He is listed in the most recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Mr. Kirkland has successfully completed the Effective Probate Mediation Training course sponsored by ACTEC, and frequently serves as a mediator of trust and estate disputes.Bob also currently serves as the ACTEC Observer to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets, and is the Chair of the Missouri Bar Subcommittee of the Probate and Trust Committee on digital assets.Among several professional and civic activities, Mr. Kirkland is a member of the Board of Trustees of William Jewell College, the Board of Directors of the Liberty Women’s Clinic and the Board of Directors of Autism Works. Mr. Kirkland also serves as Planning Chair of the annual Missouri Bar Estate & Trust Institute (which conducts annual attorney seminars across the state), and is a Vice Chair of the Missouri Bar Probate and Trust Committee.Mr. Kirkland is a frequent author and lecturer in the estate planning and charitable giving areas. He has lectured on a variety of topics at seminars sponsored by ACTEC, The Missouri Bar, The Kansas Bar Association, The Oklahoma Bar Association, the UCLA Institute on Estate Planning, The MO-KAN Trust Conference, University of Missouri-Columbia, and the Estate Planning Councils of Baltimore, Philadelphia and St. Louis.Mr. Kirkland holds a B.S. in accounting from William Jewell College (1980), a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (1983), and an L.L.M. in estate planning from the University of Miami, Florida School of Law (1985). During his tenure at the UMKC School of Law, he served as Managing Editor of the UMKC Law Review.
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