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    Biography

    Kirk Wilson is a Texas and California board-certified specialist in estate planning, probate and trust law with an advanced law degree in Taxation (LL.M.).  Kirk assists clients with the preparation of comprehensive estate plans to create and preserve generational wealth in a tax-efficient manner, including planning for clients with assets and family members in multiple states and nations.

    Working hand in hand with other professional advisors, including bankers, financial planners, insurance professionals, wealth managers, and CPAs, Kirk provides thoughtful legal counsel, taking into consideration the many estate planning challenges presented by complex family relations and the constantly evolving income, gift, and estate tax landscape.

    Kirk understands that in order to help his clients plan for the future, he needs to learn about their past. Kirk spends time with his clients gathering details about their background, businesses, and family dynamics. By carefully getting to know his clients, Kirk is able to help them create a plan that will pave the way for the legacy they wish to leave.

    In addition to preparing basic estate planning documents - including wills, financial and medical powers of attorney, and medical directives - when appropriate, Kirk also advises clients about making lifetime gifts to minimize federal transfer taxes and assists clients in setting up and funding revocable and irrevocable trusts and business succession planning structures to help clients achieve their personal and business goals.

    Kirk’s relationships with his clients are long-term and often multi-generational, and for many clients, he is a trusted family counselor. As a complement to his estate planning practice, Kirk assists clients with the administration of decedent’s estates and trusts, including the preparation of gift and estate tax returns, either independently or collaboratively with the client’s CPA. In the event a trust or estate matter is disputed, Kirk utilizes his experience as a litigator to defend his clients and protect their assets.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Certified Specialist, Estate Planning & Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2016-present)
    Certified Specialist, Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization (1991-present)
    Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell

    Key Experience

    - Significantly reduced clients’ potential federal estate tax exposure by means of discounted lifetime gifts of fractional interests in a family limited partnership made to irrevocable trusts established for clients’ children and grandchildren
    - Prepared estate plan for clients that established lifetime trusts for their daughters following the parents’ deaths to shield the trust assets from the daughters’ creditors and spouses, and preserve the trust income as the daughter’s separate property, while allowing each daughter to serve as the sole trustee of her trust and to have the power to direct the disposition of the trust assets at her passing
    - Secured court order modifying irrevocable trust when changed circumstances made trust provisions unworkable

    Work Experience

    2019 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2014-2019 CKR Law LLP (formerly O'Donnell, Ferebee & Frazer)
    2004-2013 Mullen & Henzell, LLP
    2000-2004 Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (formerly Hatch & Parent LLP)
    1994-2000 Law Office of Kirk R. Wilson, J.D., LL.M
    1987-1993 Dreher, Garfinkle & Watson
    1981-1987 Law Office of Kirk Randolph Wilson
    1977-1980 Mills, Wilcox & Thayer

    Speaking Engagements

    PUBLICATIONS

    Author of series of articles on estate planning topics published in The Woodlands Villager Newspaper, including "What is Estate Planning", “Estate Planning Under the New Law", "Keeping Your Estate in the Family", "Living Trusts in Texas", "Talking With Your Children About Your Estate Plan", "Texanizing Out-of-State Estate Planning Documents", "What Happens if you Die Without a Will", "Year-end Giving", "Planning to Avoid Estate Disputes Over Personal Items", "Advantages of Continuing Trusts for Adult Children", "Choosing an Executor, Agent and Trustee", and "Asset Protection Planning"

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

    Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church – 10-4-18: Preparing and Planning For Incapacity & End of Life

    The Woodlands British Ladies Club – 10-13-16: US/UK Estate Planning, Probate and Tax Issues