Kurt Zimmerman, J.D
Kurt Zimmerman has practiced law for 20 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, working with some of the most innovative and accomplished attorneys in the country. Upon locating to Fort Lauderdale, Kurt worked with a leading firm in the region where he created wealth plans for families and affluent individuals alike. Kurt’s practice focuses on personalized estate planning and administration for individuals, couples and families, as well as representation of closely-held businesses. He has a broad range of experience including wills, revocable living trusts, business entity planning, special needs planning, elder law planning, planning for non-citizen spouses, and irrevocable trusts, including life insurance trusts, personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, dynasty trusts and charitable trusts.
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. But of all his wonderful experiences in sport, the most gratifying has been coaching and observing the sports activities of his young children.
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 earned his Juris Doctor at Vanderbilt University Law School, 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 is a leader in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, the development arm of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, one of the premiere performing arts centers in the world. He serves as Chair of the Planned Giving Committee for the YMCA of Broward. Kurt is a graduate of class XVI of Leadership Broward. For many years, Kurt was as a Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward.
Kurt is active in professional associations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar (Elder Law and RPPTL sections), Illinois Bar, Broward County Bar Association, Estate Planning Council of Broward County, WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.
With a genuine enthusiasm for his work, Kurt is a frequent speaker to advisors and clients on the subject of estate planning, charitable planning, special needs planning and elder law.
Kurt lives with his family in the Rio Vista neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale.
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