Robert Kline

Education

Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1993)
Western Michigan University (J.D., 1986)
Michigan State University (B.A., 1982)
Major: Business Administration

Bar Associations

Florida
Michigan

Bar Associations

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. Tax Court
Florida State Courts

It’s been my honor and privilege to have been engaged in the practice of law for over two decades. My experience as an associate and partner level attorney at national and international law firms has provided me unique insights into the complexities of my chosen practice area – wills, trusts, probate, and taxation. I was also fortunate enough to work earlier in my career as a senior trust officer with a national trust company, which provided me with the knowledge and nuances unique to that industry. That knowledge has enhanced my ability to successfully advise both trustees and beneficiaries regarding their fiduciary rights and duties in a broad range of complex trust and estate cases. While I no longer carry the various regulatory investment licenses (Series 7, 66, 24, and Florida’s Life, Health and Annuities) often required of trust officers, that education and testing provided a depth of knowledge in trustee and fiduciary investment matters that allow me to analyze and resolve investment issues that sometimes surface in trust litigation.

Today, my practice continues to focus on estate planning including the preparation of all types of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, health care designations, and other documents required to properly care for the personal and financial well being of individuals and families. Much of my work in estate planning encompasses advanced planning designed to preserve wealth for future generations. Often the work we do with families involves tax planning, including matters pertaining to the Federal Estate and Gift Tax regime, as well as the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax. I have a Master’s of Law in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, which assists me in advising individuals and families regarding the obligations and opportunities under the tax laws.

My work also encompasses probate estate and trust administration, taxation, beneficiary representation, and a broad range of probate estate, trust, and beneficiary litigation including the representation of personal representatives (executors), trustees, and beneficiaries in a broad range of fiduciary cases.
I am also certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator, and my familiarity with the intricacies of wills, trust, tax, and fiduciary matters has been of great service to me in that endeavor. My peers in the legal profession have on occasion asked me to serve as an expert witness in fiduciary matters involving disputes over probate, trustee, and attorney fees, and I have obliged as my schedule has allowed.

I continue to hold great enthusiasm for pro bono work, providing individual representation to low-income people, and local and national non-profit organizations who need and deserve a good lawyer. My spouse, Carol LoCicero, and I work with and support several hunger and homelessness programs in Tampa Bay, including our work starting a local branch of End 68 Hours of Hunger, a 501 (c)(3) organization that works with the public school system to identify kids who are hungry at home to feed them over the weekends.

Probate Rules Committee of The Florida Bar (2007-2013)

Legal Needs of Children Committee of The Florida Bar (2014 to present)

Professional Advisory Council for WEDU Public Television (Co-Chair)

American Bar Association – Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (Member)

Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (Member)

Hillsborough County Bar Association (Member)

American Cancer Society, Florida Division (Past Chairman of the Planned Giving Operating Board)

Hyde Park Presbyterian Church (Elder)

Served as president, director, and executive committee member for numerous charitable organizations including the Children’s Cancer Center, the Lowry Park Zoo, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, and the Planned Giving Steering Committee for All Childrens Hospital.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® Litigation & Controversy – Tax; Litigation – Trusts & Estates; Trust and Estates; Tax Law (2011 to present)

Martindale-Hubbell AV ® Peer Rated

Selected for inclusion in the 2006 to present Florida Super Lawyers ® lists

Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend magazine’s 2007-2009, 2011-2013 Legal Elite Lists

Recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida, Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association for exceptional pro bono service in 2014